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Sighting Reports 2011

Woman Sees 4 Lights Moving in Circles in Cloudy Sky

Vancouver is in Southern Washington About 10 Miles North of Downtown Portland, Oregon.
Vancouver is in Southern Washington
About 10 Miles North of Downtown Portland, Oregon.

Date of Sighting: April 23, 2011
Time of Sighting: 11 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Vancouver, Washington (See Map)

Description: I saw the most unexplainable light show in the evening sky above my house tonight. It was approximately 11 PM on 4/23. It was cloudy out, but these were definitely not normal lights. There were 4 white lights, rather large. They were bright, but dimmed by the clouds. They were circling around each other in a very random pattern almost as if they were chasing one another. Then they would all go back to the center where it got brighter and they would split off again into 4 and continue. I had to call my neighbor out because I couldn't believe my eyes. She thought it was lights from a nearby car dealership. The patterns of lights were way too random to be such. At one point it looked like one of them got very close to me like I could feel it strong. I almost thought I was going to be taken away. I checked the time to make sure I hadn't lost any time. I watched for maybe 5 minutes and in a flash they all just disappeared. They didn't fly away at high speeds, but just vanished. It was amazing! It left me with an excited yet eerie feeling. I have seen some interesting things in the sky, but this one beats them all. I am wondering if anyone else saw it or has reported it also.

Additional Comments by Witness: I know what I saw were not commercial lights. They were way too random and would speed up and slow down while racing towards each other. My neighbor, who is also my cousin, who thought it was a car dealership does not believe in UFOs nor has she ever seen them before. I have several times. After looking at them for a while she responded by saying 'she had never seen anything like that before and has lived here for over 10 years'. I think it left her with a newfound belief that 'they' really may exist. I also spoke to another friend who said she saw a similar thing over Portland a month ago. It was also witnessed by another person in disbelief at the same time in the same spot. Thank You for posting this and the information.

Note: Sometimes lights can be reflections of surface lights off of clouds. (The witness's neighbor thought that this could explain the sighting.) Commercial promotions (e.g. car dealers, casinos, etc) sometimes shine very bright lights into the sky. Some UFO sightings have been attributed to this cause. However, we have no information confirming any commercial promotions in the area of the above sighting. A weather check showed that skies were mostly cloudy with cloud bases measured at 11,000 feet. Winds were calm.

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