The Phoenix Lights in Arizona, USA
The Phoenix Lights, which were also known as Lights Over Phoenix, was a UFO phenomenon that occurred in Phoenix, AZ and Sonora, Mexico the night of March 13th, 1997. The event was witnessed by thousands of people, some of which reported seeing a triangular formation of lights silently passing overhead while others reported stationary lights over Phoenix. The lights that were seen to be stationary were claimed by the U.S. Air Force to have been flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft that were on training exercises.
Many of the witnesses claiming to have seen the Phoenix lights reported seeing a massive, dark V-shaped object (the size of several football fields), which made no noise and appeared to have 5 spherical lights, moving through the sky. They claimed they could see stars disappear behind the object and reappear as it passed overhead. Even the governor at the time, Fife Symington, claimed to have witnessed this event. At the time, presumably because of his position in government office, he laughed off the idea that the object seen had been of extraterrestrial origin, but in later years, after having apparently seen a similar UFO, he stated that the lights he’d seen that night over Phoenix had been “otherworldly” and in March of 2007, he was quoted as saying, “I’m a pilot and I know just about every machine that flies. It was bigger than anything that I’ve ever seen. It remains a great mystery. Other people saw it, responsible people. I don’t know why people would ridicule it”. Symington had earlier said, “It was enormous and inexplicable. Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it, too. It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.”
It seems different witnesses saw different colors of lights, some saw red, some saw orange and some saw white. Some even claim that they could see the underbelly of the craft and that it appeared to be undulating “like looking through water”. One initial report came from a man in Henderson, NV claiming to have seen an object in the sky that was about “the size of a 747” and made a sound like “rushing wind”. He stated that it had six lights lining the front edge of the craft. Among the many witnesses were police officers, an Astrophotographer, and entire families. Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of photographic evidence of the first event, however, there are many photographs and videos of the second event and they have been used in documentaries having aired on television stations such as the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
The U.S. government along with the military have attempted to explain away both events as having been nothing more than flares dropped during training exercises or airplanes flying in a formation, but witnesses of the event continue to assert that they could see that the lights were attached to one very large craft.
There have been other similar sightings since, one in 2007 and again in 2008. The government again claims the 2007 sighting was flares being dropped during training exercises and while the military denies having anything to do with the 2008 sighting, a resident from the area told the press that the “Phoenix lights” were simply flares that his neighbor had attached to helium balloons and then released from his back yard. The next day, a Phoenix resident allegedly claimed responsibility and confirmed the story of the flares attached to helium balloons, however, there was never any name or pictures released of the hoaxer, nor was any disciplinary or legal action ever taken against him for releasing flares over a residential area that was apparently experiencing a drought at the time, which leaves one to wonder if it may have been fabricated to cover up the truth.
To this day, the truth about the Phoenix Lights remains a mystery. If you’ve seen the Phoenix lights in person, know someone who has, or simply have another theory as to what the Phoenix lights may have been, we’d love to know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!