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What were those suspicious lights in the sky?

Nov 23, 2010

Suspicious lights in the sky were seen by several KGUN 9 viewers on Saturday night. What were they?

Reporter: Tammy Vo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Was it the military? Was it a flare? Was it an alien spaceship? That's what KGUN 9 viewers are asking about some strange lights that appeared in the sky on Saturday night at around 10:39 p.m.
Sheila Martin captured the sight on camera from an east Tucson gas station and posted the video on YouTube. Martin says that she saw at least 4 lights moving from south to northeast in a boomerang formation.

"I was shocked. This is happening right over our heads. I was amazed!" said Martin. Others also recorded the event and posted their videos online. One Tucson man reported seeing as many as 16 lights in formation.

Martin says -- what she captured on video should look familiar. Remember the Phoenix lights from the late 1990's? Thousands of people saw the triangular glow in the night sky. The military said that they were flares but many are still skeptical.

"What's the connection to the Phoenix lights? They imitated them to the T" said Martin.

Steve Raw of Tucson also saw what he describes as a trapezoid formation. "They were very small, not twinkling and static" said Raw.

Vo asked Raw, "Do you think this could've been a UFO?"

He replied "As in extra terrestrials? I don't have the expertise to make an opinion but I think it's possible to some extent."

9 On Your Side took the video to James McGaha. As a former military pilot and now an astronomer, he's spent forty thousand hours looking at the night sky. He thinks the lights come from flares.

"Question is, did someone release them as a hoax or are they flares from something else? The reason you can say they're flares is because they're very bright points of light in the sky and they're not moving" said McGaha. McGaha insists - there's no way the lights came from an alien spacecraft.

Sheila Martin disagrees.

"What do you think it was?" asked Vo.

"I'm gonna say, aliens. I'm sure there's all types of different aliens out there. I believe we're aliens. There's human aliens out there visiting us" said Martin.

But McGaha says, even "alien logic" explains why the lights did not come from an alien spacecraft.

"You have to ask the question: if an alien spacecraft is going to fly here through thousands of light years to get here, are they going to turn their lights on at night?" asked McGaha.

A spokesperson at Davis Monthan Air Force Base tells KGUN 9, they did not launch any flares at that time and aren't aware of what the lights were. Some KGUN viewers suspect that the lights came from parachuters who jumped in the Tubac area during a hot air balloon festival. KGUN 9 looked into it and found out that the festival happened between 5:45 p.m. through the eight o'clock hour, several hours before the suspicious video was shot. Follow UFOs and Alien Life on Twitter @

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