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Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/19/1998 21:45 (Entered as : 08/19/98 21:45)
Reported: 9/24/1998 23:33
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Reno, NV
Shape: Light
Duration:15minutes
WE ATTENDED THE RENO AIR RACES FROM THURSDAY SEPT. 17 TO 20TH. RENO ALSO WAS HOSTING THE NORTHERN CALIF. HARLEY DAVIDSON DEALER SPONSORED "STREET VIBRATIONS" DURING THE EVENING, THE SILVER LEGACY HAD AN OUTSIDE FIREWORKS SHOW TWO NIGHTS FRIDAY THE 18TH AND SAT. THE 19TH. THE SHOW STARTED AT 9:30 P.M. AND THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE WATCHING THE FIREWORKS ON THE STREET WHICH IS CALLED VIRGINIA STREET. ON THE NIGHT OF THE 19TH, SAT. AFTER THE FIREWORKS FINISHED, WE ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE CLEARING THE STREETS. THE SKY WAS HEAVEY WITH SMOKE FROM THE FIREWORKS. THE TIME WAS ABOUT 9:45 AND WE NOTICED SOME PEOPLE LOOKING UP AT THE SKY. THROUGH THE SMOKE AND SOMEWHAT DIFFUSED BECAUSE OF IT, MY SON SPOTTED THE CLUSTERS OF GREEN AND RED LIGHTS. THEY NEVER WENT AWAY AND THEY SEEMED TO STAY IN ONE POSITION. I THINK MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS LEFT OVER FROM THE FIREWORKS, BUT THAT MAKES NO SENSE. I AND MY FAMILY WATCHED FOR AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES, THE WALK ON TOWARD THE CIRCUS CIRCUS HOTEL AND STOPPED AND LOOKED AGAIN FOR A FEW MINUTES MORE. THEN I SAW SOMETHING WHICH LOOKED LIKE A HUGE WING IN THE DARKNES, BUT NO BRIGHT LIGHTS OR CLEARANCE LIGHTS LIKE AN AIRCRAFT. IN FACT THERE SEEMED TO BE MULTIPLE LIGHTS, BUT DIM OUTLING A RECTANGULAR SWEPT WING SHAPE AND HUGE, I THOUGHT FIRST IT WAS A FLOCK OF GEESE OR DUCKS BUT THAT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE AND IT MOVED SILENTLY FROM THE EASE SIDE TO THE WEST UNTIL BEHIND THE BUILDINGS. THE RED AND GREENISH LIGHTS STILL REMAINED FOR ANOTHER 5 MINUTES MORE OR SO AND BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THE CIRCUS CIRCUS THEY VANISHED. WE KNOW HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SAW THIS PHENOMENOM, BUT NOT MANY PEOPLE REACTED LIKE YOU WOULD EXPECT, I THINK PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE FIREWORK SHOW THAT JUST PRECEDED THE SIGHTING. I NEVER THOUGHT MORE ABOUT IT UNTIL I HEARD THE RADIO TONIGHT AND LISTENED TO THE ART BELL SHOW AND REALIZED MANY PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE SAME OR SIMILAR SIGHTS. I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING IF ANYONE ELSE SAW THIS IN THE AREA.