The Phoenix Lights
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I know it's the weekend, and time for work and school to be out; nevertheless, I've determined that it's time to head back to school for a little history lesson. We're not going too far back, however, just as far as 10 years ago -
March 13th, 1997
It was 7:55 pm Arizona time when a man in Henderson, Nevada reported that he saw a strange "V shaped object in the sky". He claimed that it was approximately the same size as a Boeing 747, sounded like "rushing wind", and had six lights on its leading edge. The lights reportedly traversed northwest to the southeast.
20 minutes later, a police officer in Paulden Arizona was the next person to spot it. He was leaving his house, and driving north - he saw a cluster of reddish or orange lights in the sky, comprising four lights together and a fifth light trailing them.
2 minutes later, the reports began in Prescott, and the Prescott Valley. The calls began in earnest now; many of them - seeing four or five bright white lights passing overhead, a triangular-shaped object with a grouping of lights along the sides. It was reported to be a single craft made up of five objects, each equal in size to a Boeing 747, flying in a perfectly locked formation and moving silently through the sky. Prescott Valley witnesses said the object passed directly overhead and that the object was definitely solid because it blocked out much of the starry sky as it passed over.
As we move more southward still, we hit the town of Dewey.
Finally, the lights moved into the Phoenix Metro area. At this point, it was spotted by THOUSANDS of people.
In addition to the triangular formation, a separate phenomena occurred in the Pheonix area. A series of lights appeared, one by one, and then were extinguished one by one. At this point many widely publicized videos and photographs were taken.
Bill Greiner, a cement driver hauling a load down a mountain north of Phoenix, decribed the second group of lights:
"I'll never be the same. Before this, if anybody had told me they saw a UFO, I would've said, 'Yeah, and I believe in the tooth fairy'. Now I've got a whole new view. I may be just a dumb truck driver, but I've seen something that don't belong here."
The lights hovered over the area for in excess of 2 hours.
The lights then moved southeast toward Tucson, following Interstate 10 at slow speed.
The object was next reported over the town of Oracle Arizona. Here, it was described as having a reddish-orange color. Witnesses claimed that the object split up and each of the bright lights started moving in a separate direction along the edges of Tucson.
Another report came from a young man in the Kingston Arizona area who stopped his car at a payphone to report the incident. He was on his way to Los Angeles, and called from a phone booth to report having seen a large and bizarre cluster of lights moving slowly in the northern sky.
Finally, the lights were viewed shortly after 11pm Arizona time in Yuma, about 180 miles southwest of Phoenix. The lights were described as being bright white and in a perfect "V" formation slowly heading Southeast.
Among the thousands that saw the lights were the Govenor of the State of Arizona, and myself, on my way home from work that night.
I do not believe in UFOs.