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Sighting Reports 2009

Woman Sees Brief Huge Blue Flash in Night Sky

Date: January 5, 2009
Time: 5:45 PM CST
Location: 15 Miles Outside of Fort Worth, Texas on Interstate 35

Description: I was driving North along the service road in the country along Interstate 35 about 15 miles outside of Fort Worth Texas about 5:45 on Monday, January 5th. We had an ice storm earlier in the day and the sky was dark with clouds except for a faint hint to my left (west) of the sun setting. I immediately noticed the color of the sky in front of me (north)was lit up blue in a color I had never seen before. It encompassed most of the horizon and sky to the north of me. The angle of light was curved downward like an inverted crescent. I saw it for about 4 seconds and then to my shock it just turned off as if someone had flipped off a light switch. It was huge. I at first thought of an explosion, but it just disappeared in a split second. Also, for it to be an explosion that large would be like 3 or 4 atomic bombs. (That is the only comparison I can think of.) I went home and turned on the TV to see if there was anything about it and there was nothing. I described it to my 5th grade class today and one student said she was driving with her mother and saw it as well. She said they also turned on the news, but saw nothing. She is a pretty level headed child that I don't think would say this if it had not happened to her. I would like to know if anyone else saw this too.

Note: I had a lengthy follow-up conversation with the witness. The witness has a professional background and is very credible. She also added that a power outage occurred when the flash occurred across much of the Ft. Worth area. The witness stated that the flash covered most of the sky and was a bright blue. What could this be? It wasn't lightning. The flash was on for 4 consecutive seconds. Lightning happens in a "flash." Also thunderstorms were not in the area. Whatever this phenomenon was it caused a type of "electromagnetic pulse" that interrupted the power grid. The witness said that the power outage was covered in the local news, but not explanation was rendered. Anyone who witnessed this event or has knowledge about the causation of the power outage is urged to file a report.