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Occurred : 11/23/1999 02:00 (Entered as : 11/23/99 2 am)
Reported: 9/3/2003 1:47:29 AM 01:47
Posted: 9/4/2003
Location: Petaluma, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:over an hour
Clouds over small aircraft airport flashing coded laser light to ground or vice versa, animals making noise

This is really mysterious. My 2 daughters and I were up in the middle of the night but I forgot what we were doing. My younger daughter (a teenager) went out to get something out of her car on the street of our subdivision culdesac and came back in afraid of something going on outside. She called her sister to go outside to see it with her. they didn't want to tell me because they knew I'd get in the car and go investigate it. So they stayed out there for about 10 minutes and then came running in to get me to come look at it too. They were scared and shaking all over, talking fast, explaining to me that they were seeing some sort of coded message going on with light across the field from our subdivision at a small aircraft airfield.

First of all, every animal for miles around was making noise. It was amazing to me that not one person got up to see what all the noise was about. Not one light went on in any houses around us. Every dog in all the neighborhoods we could hear were barking their heads off. The cows and sheep in the pastures around our subdivision for miles were mooing and baaing, without stopping. Constant. Something was going on, that was for sure. I'd never before or since experienced such a thing with the animals. There was a slight fog in the air, so that sounds were sort of muted or diffused. Even though it was dark out and the sky was dark, we could see this cloud formation over at this little air field at the end of our subdivision, which was east of us.

We were in farmland area. The airport was only supposed to be for small aircraft, yet many times in the middle of the night, we heard big, loud, jets coming in for landings that woke us up with the booming of the jet whining as it came down and I feared it would crash into our house. Or land on our house, it was so low and so close. I wondered about that all the time. Many times, also, I would wake up in the middle of the night to broad daylight, I thought, as helicopters were in my backyard with bright lights shining in my high ceiling windows that I didn't have blinds for, shining lights into our yard. The helicopters were so low, they shook the house and were so loud, they woke us up along with the lights. I wondered why the neighbors never complained about this as it was a constant source of aggravation to us. I always suspected something funny was going on at that little airport, because these big aircraft, helicopters and things weren't supposed to be coming in and landing there. I don't remember hearing any taking off, either. Only landing.

This one night with all the animals raising a ruckus, tho, something even stranger was going on. The girls pointed out to me a light across from us, across the field and landing strips of the small airfield that was either coming up from the ground going into the clouds or coming from the clouds going to the ground. It was impossible to tell because it would suddenly be there and then gone, in a straight bright thin light between the ground and the clouds. But it was a single white light like a laser light that would flash really fast and then go out in very sequential patterns like morse code. We stood shivering on the lawn watching it and counted as it would go, one, two, three, stop. One two three, four, stop. One, two, stop. One two, stop. Sometimes it would go all the way up to 21 and stop. But it would have repeating patterns of numbers. I never knew morse code, but I remember WWII movies and how it sounded as they tapped it out. This looked like what it would sound like, or it was obviously some message or code being played out before our eyes. It would pause between sets of numbers and then do another round of them.

We stood there in the damp darkness, watching for at least 15 minutes, counting and wondering if we should be writing this down to see if someone could figure it out later. Someone who knew codes. The fog was weird, too, because it wasn't everywhere. It was here and there in patches, otherwise, it was a clear night. The whole night and outside had a strange, surreal feel to it. Not quite right. Something weird going on here. There were no clouds anywhere else but over the airfield where the light was going on and off. It was no beacon to warn planes and no spotlight. I'd never seen it before or after in the 7 years I lived there. I wanted to get in my car and drive over there and see what was going on, close up, but the girls were too afraid and wouldn't let me go. They made me come in the house after awhile and were afraid of what was there and what it was doing. We watched out our living room window for another hour or more and it continued, unabated, while the animals never stopped making noise. Finally, we got tired and closed up all the windows and went to bed. I don't know how long it went on before we saw it or how long after we went to bed with all the animals howling. I still can't figure out how it didn't wake up the rest of the neighborhood, but not one opened a window and told their dogs to shut up or anything else. It was like we were the only ones alive on the planet or in the neighborhood to see and witness it. About a year before that, we were standing talking in the driveway at night in the dark, and we saw a triangular black object with lights underneath slowly and silently go overhead while we watched it cruise by. It was pretty high up and very dark. Nothing reflected off it and it seemed flat and triangular. It came from the east, where the airport was and kept on going west right by us. I thought it was probably one of our military planes.

If anyone has ever heard of anything like these laser lights going from sky to ground or ground to sky of clouds, I would like to hear about it and figure out what it was. It's been on my mind and I keep wondering what it could have been, what we should have done differently to find out and to try to find out what we saw. Why we saw it and no one else woke up. Why the animals were carrying on. The helicopters bothered us the whole time we lived there. They also bothered us where we moved to where I saw another sighting I reported, in Santa Rosa. In fact, black helicopters have been bothering us ever since 1973, in every state and place we've lived.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))