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Sighting Reports 2008

Family Sees Large Airborne Light Move With a "ZigZag" Motion

Date of Sighting: April 17, 2008
Time of Sighting: 7:46 PM PDT
Date Sighting Reported: April 23, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 15 to 20 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Interstate-8 in California Near Arizona Border
Latitude: 32.72 Degrees North
Longitude: 114.63 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Three
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Visibility 10 Miles. Winds Were From the West-Southwest at 6 MPH.

Description: Hello. I saw one of the "Phoenix Lights" Thursday evening, April 17, 2008, around 7:46 p.m. PDT. I was driving east, from San Diego to Phoenix. I was still in California, on I-8, but almost to the Arizona border. The light could easily be seen from the freeway, near the Dunaway Rd. exit. Many people must have seen it! It was only one light. We could see it for miles, so we watched it for a long time. My 12 year old son and a friend of his were with me. The light was big and bright. It was stationary. There was no pole or anything holding it up. It was too high to be on a pole anyway, but not way up high like a star. Darkness was setting in, but it wasn't pitch dark yet. We were "in the middle of nowhere," but on a busy freeway, so not technically in the middle of nowhere. The boys were amazed to watch a streak of colorful (blue and red) light shoot up from the light. It went in a zigzag direction and disappeared. I was driving, and didn't get to see that. About the time we finally got near the light, it suddenly went out. We could see a faint, but visible, zigzag line of black residue above where the light had been. If it had been later, and darker, we wouldn't have been able to see that. It was fascinating!

Second Report by Witness (In Response to Questions): The lights never moved or bobbled in the wind or anything. It wasn't far from the freeway. (It was maybe a quarter or half mile from it.) The light went out right before we were about to pass it on the freeway. All we saw there then was the zigzag trail of black residue in the sky. It was dark, but not real dark yet. On the national news last night, it was reported that the lights over Phoenix were flares attached to helium balloons. (That some guy came forward and said they were his.) However, I was three hours away from Phoenix when I saw this one!

Comments: This is an interesting sighting, but the fact that residue was seen where the light had been suggests that it could have been a rocket, falling space debris, or flares. However, these explanations are only possibilities and not fact.

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