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Sighting Reports 2008

Truck Diver Sees String of 8 to 10 Bright Lights in Straight Line

La Paz is About 100 Miles Northwest of Phoenix.
La Paz is About 100 Miles Northwest of Phoenix.

Date of Sighting: December 12, 2008
Time of Sighting: 7:17 PM MST
Date Sighting Reported: December 12, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 4 to 6 Seconds
Location of Sighting: Near La Paz, Arizona (See Map)
Latitude: 33.99 Degrees North
Longitude: 114.49 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Scattered Clouds (Partly Cloudy) Were Observed at 14,000 Feet. Visibility Was 30 Miles. Winds Were Calm.

Description: On the night of December 12, 2008 at approximately 7:17 pm I was traveling south on highway 95 Just on the edge of town of La Paz, Arizona. The sky was mostly clear with some clouds. It was dark. All I could see was mountains and a lot of sky. I am constantly looking up to the heavens. I see lots of comets, star configurations (the normal things you would see at night). I just happened to be looking up in the sky when all of a sudden I saw a string of lights. The lights were at sort of an angle. There were approximately 8 to 10 lights all in a straight line. The lights were extremely bright. I know aircraft lights when I see them. These most definitely were not aircraft lights. (Not this configuration.) They were extremely high. I could not tell you how high up they were, but high enough that if it in fact they were aircraft lights, they would not have been that bright or that large at such a height. I have seen this configuration once before on a science channel. I have e no idea what I saw. I have never experienced it before. I was completely awake and very lucid.

Additional Information Supplied by Witness: Yes, when I was looking up at the lights I saw them for approximately 4 maybe 6 seconds then they just disappeared. I want to say the color of the lights was sort of a soft yellowish to white. The lights were EXTREMELY bright for the distance. I was so fixed on the sighing that I never really thought to determine the distance. I am estimated that the lights were 1 mile to 10 miles away. Once again I am most certain that is was not aircraft.

Comments: Sightings of aerial strings of lights are certainly not unusual in Arizona. The witness presented a reasonable argument that the lights were not normal aircraft lights. Per comments from the reader below the lights could have been "rapid ejection" flares from the Yuma Proving Ground which is to the south of the location of the witness.

Comments Received by Reader: I am a bit puzzled by this report, because according to Google Earth, La Paz is far from highway 95 and there appear to be closer towns by which he could have designated his location between it and the highway.  If the witness was driving south on 95 as he says, his line of sight ahead would have been directly over the Yuma Proving Ground.  The string of lights could have well have been flares dropped by aircraft enraged in supporting night exercises.

As for flares, military aircraft drop two basic types: ones that hang from a parachute to provide ground illumination for several minutes, and ones that are ejected in rapid succession to draw off heat-seeking air-to-air missiles. The latter last only a few seconds.