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Sighting Reports 2008

Four Witness Several Strange Lights in Night Sky.

Date of Sighting: July 4, 2008
Time of Sighting: 8:30 PM EDT
Date Sighting Reported: October 30, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 45 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Howell, New Jersey (Near Coast About 20 MI East of Trenton)
Latitude: 40.17 Degrees North
Longitude: 74.19 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Four
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Light Rain Was Falling With a Visibility of 7 Miles. Scattered Clouds Were Observed at 4,600 Feet, Scattered Clouds Observed at 6,500 Feet, and Skies Were Overcast at 8,500 Feet. Winds Were Calm.

Description: ON JULY 4TH 2008 WHILE SITTING IN MY BACK YARD WITH MY WIFE, SON, AUNT AND UNCLE MY AUNT SPOTTED A STRANGE LIGHT IN THE SKY. IT TURNS OUT THAT I VIDEOTAPED ABOUT 25 OF THEM MOVING AND MAKING SHAPES. I HAVE TAPED ABOUT 45 MINUTES OF THIS. I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS AND FIND OUT WHAT THE HECK THEY ARE. PLEASE CONTACT ME WHEN YOU HAVE THE TIME. I DON'T FEEL SAFE JUST SENDING THE VIDEO.

Second Report by Witness: THE VIDEO IS ON DVD. THE LIGHTS ARE EGG SHAPED WITH BRIGHT WHITE ON THE BOTTOM AND BRIGHT RED ON TOP. NOW I KNOW THAT IT WAS ON THE 4TH OF JULY AND IT SEEMS STRANGE, BUT THEY WERE NOT FIREWORKS. ALSO THEY MOVED IN CONTROLED MOVEMENTS AND AT DIFFERENT SPEEDS. THEY MADE STRANGE SHAPES AND TRAVELED FROM NORTHEAST AND ALL TURNED SOUTHWEST AT THE SAME SPOT IN THE SKY. IT WAS DARK AND QUIET IN MY YARD WITH SOME OVERCAST TO THE WEST AT THE TIME AND THE COLORS ARE HARD TO SEE ON THE VIDEO. THERE ARE 2 HOUSE ROOFS AND A STREET LIGHT AND THE VIDEO IS SHOT BETWEEN THEM. AT ONE POINT YOU CAN SEE A FIREWORK GO OFF IN THE BACKGROUND AND YOU CAN SEE THE HEIGHT OF THE LIGHTS ARE QUITE HIGH. AT ONE POINT THERE ARE ABOUT 4 OF THEM IN A ROW AND THE 2 IN THE MIDDLE SLOW DOWN TO MEET EACH OTHER AND CIRCLE. THEY CAME IN WAVES OF 3'S 4'S AND 5'S AND SOME CAME SOLO. I HAVE NO PROBLEM SENDING YOU THE DVD, BUT I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH IT AND THE STAGES YOU WILL DO IT IN. CAN YOU GUARANTEE ME THAT THIS VIDEO WILL NOT BE POSTED ON WEB SITES AND TV PROGRAMS AND SUCH WITHOUT MY CONSENT TO DO SO.

Comments: I have requested a copy of the DVD from the witness and the witness will be sending the DVD. It sounds like the witnesses saw quite a "light show" and according to the witness it wasn't fireworks. It is interesting that the light show occurred on a cloudy rainy night. (It probably wasn't a good night to watch fireworks.) Any updates to this case will be posted.

Update - November 10, 2008: The DVD recording has been received and viewed. The footage is interesting and reveals from 1 to 5 lights moving right to left across the video screen. The witness filmed a street light and house in the background so the motion of the lights could be determined. At first one light was visible, but later in the footage more lights appeared. The lights would appear in the right hand portion of the screen, move to the left, and then disappear. More lights would appear and the pattern would repeat. Apparently the lights were moving towards the southwest. More analysis is necessary to determine possible identification of these lights. I don't think that the lights are military flares because no aircraft are heard. (The flares are dropped from aircraft.) The lights could be Chinese lanterns. The winds aloft were from the northeast at altitudes below 2,000 feet at very light speeds (5 MPH). The motion of the lights is consistent with the winds aloft which means that the lights were "drifting with the wind." This coupled with the fact that the lights appeared and then extinguished would suggest that the lights could be Chinese lanterns, but this is only a possibility. Chinese lanterns are dangerous and pose a fire hazard, but they have been observed in many areas. Some video footage may be posted, but the witness has not yet granted permission for posting.

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