|Occurred : 10/10/2001 21:30 (Entered as : 10/10/01 21:30)
Reported: 10/23/2001 4:16:27 PM 16:16
Location: Fresno, CA
Duration:15 min. apprx
|Objects were sighted driving north on Highway 5 in California's central valley after night fall, not far past "Kettleman/Fresno" exit sign. The area is farmland for the most part, therefore very dark beside the highway with city lights visable in the distance to the east. Two large blinking lights appeared in the blackness between the road and the city lights. The lights were blindingly brilliant with a bluish cast. We first thought they might be crop-dusting planes, as crop-dusters were still prominent in the news following the Sept. 11 attack. We then decided that they must be something else, given their brilliance and the speed at which the first light suddenly moved toward the south. The second light moved northward, turned toward us but hovered near the roadside as we passed.
Shortly, a 3rd light appeared ahead and to the left the highway (same color and brilliance). It then seemed to "jump" to the right side, instantly. The third light rose to a higher altitude, separated into FOUR distinctly separate lights of equal brilliance and proceeded to move toward the south. Unlike the first light which also moved at what we took for "impossible" velocity, the third seemed to pulsate twice: i.e., it "disappeared" only to re-appear INSTANTANEOUSLY further south against the stars, in both cases radically changing shape. It swelled to enormous size prior to vanishing, then re-appeared in smaller mode. After doing so twice, it sped upward and southward at such tremendous speed I could not track its motion with my eye. (I was in the passenger seat, so was free to safely turn my head as it sped away). A combination of features convinced us we had seen no crop-duster, military plane or other easily explained phenomenon: that the light divided into four distinctly separate luminaries, melded into one again and "jumped" as it moved... then, that it altered size and shape still pulsating through the sky and finally, that it left with unnatural and amazing speed. All told, we observed the third and strangest light for an estimated period of thirty seconds (we did not calculate the length of time).