|Occurred : 7/15/2000 19:30 (Entered as : 07/xx/00 19:30)
Reported: 2/5/2001 23:42
Location: Gilbert, AZ
|Just reviewed your website. By the way, I enjoy your segments with Art Bell. Anyway, I saw the report on the red lights over Gilbert over the past year and would like to add some objective observations. I fist saw these lights about 1 1/2 years ago. They were no more than 500 feet above my house. I immediately got out the binoculars and the 'lights' proved to be nothing more that road flares suspended under baloons. The flare was too bright to be seen itself but it clearly showed the five or six baloons above it. Both my kids and the wife were able to see the object for what it was. Due to the height of these objects I would guess that they are being launched within 1/4 mile of the house. They generally drift eastward, but I have seen one headed west. We look forward to these launches because for the 20 minutes or so that the flares burn they will travel two to three miles away and up to a height of over 2000 feet. The only issue I have with these pranks is that the winds usually take these object into the northbound landing flight zones of the Phoenix airport. Dull as it sounds, that's all there is. Only wish I had seen the Phoenix lights a few years ago. Thx for you time.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approxiamte. PD))