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Sighting Reports 2008

Bright Flash Seen on Clear Night. Brief Power Outage Resulted?

Map Showing Location of Sighting.
Map Showing Location of Sighting.

Date of Sighting: November 16, 2008
Time of Sighting: 9:10 PM CST
Date Sighting Reported: November 16, 2008
Duration of Sighting: Split Second
Location of Sighting: On Highway 20 Few Miles West of Racine, Wisconsin (See Map)
Latitude: 42.72 Degrees North
Longitude: 87.85 Degrees East
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Witness Stated That Skies Were Partly Cloudy With a Light Breeze. The Temperature Was 28 Degrees F. (Officially Racine Reported Cloudy Skies With Cloud Bases of 4,400 Feet. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the Northwest at 7 MPH.)

Description: I am writing to you because I am not a typical person to report strange activity. However, tonight 11-16-08 I was driving home to Janesville, WI from Racine, WI at approximately 9:10 pm going West on Highway 20 when my husband and I saw a bright flash of light that was pure white, no color light and looked like a lightning flash. However, there were no clouds, and the temperature was approximately 28 degrees. After this event happened, the lights in the western part of the city of Racine flickered off and on immediately afterwards. There was no explanation and we saw no ball of light. There was just a bright flash in the sky and it was gone. I don't have any scientific explanation for it. We didn't see any sort of objects at all. We just saw the light. We stopped at a nearby gas station whose power was out for a brief moment, but the lights did not come back on right away. They do not recall seeing anything, but they do know for sure the power went out and came back on. I am not sure what this was, but it wasn't anything I have experienced before. I don't know if you would know what this could have been, but I can't sure explain it. I hope this report will be of some value to you. I can best be reached in late afternoon CST.

Comments: I don't know what this flash was either. Certainly a thunderstorm with lightning could cause a power outage, but there were no thunderstorms in the area. A check of satellite locations showed no Iridium flare satellites in the area. Iridium flares can produce very bright brief flashes in the sky. Of course we don't know for sure if the flash and the power outage are related. However, it would seem that the flash and power interruption would not be a coincidence. Perhaps a flash occurred due to a power surge at a local substation which could produce a reflection off of the clouds. This would account for the power interruption.

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