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Occurred : 3/13/1997 20:15 (Entered as : 03/13/1997 20:15)
Reported: 2/19/2004 12:01:44 PM 12:01
Posted: 3/2/2004
Location: Prescott, AZ
Shape: Formation
Duration:5 Minutes +
Chevron formation of five white lights, plus other strange things.

As I write this, it is almost seven years since the events described actually happened. They left such a deep and disturbing impression that I still think about them from time to time, as I have never heard an adequate explanation. I discovered this website while searching for something, anything that might have come to light in the intervening years, and felt compelled to add my account, as it includes some additional items that I haven’t seen reported by anyone else.

On the evening of March 13, 1997 I was camping just outside of Prescott, AZ, in the forest near Hidden Valley Dr. There was a campsite nearby that was closed for the season, but my tent was outside of the campground area, on a hill I would estimate to be about a half-mile from Highway 89.

Just after 8:00 PM, I noticed several lights in the sky off to the West-Northwest. I assumed at first that they were airplane lights, as they seemed to be the usual colors of red, green, and white, but they seemed to be moving somewhat erratically (hovering and bobbing in the air), and I got the impression there was something generally weird about them. The colored light they were casting seemed to project in much stronger beams than I have ever seen from an airplane, and they seemed to be rotating and changing colors from a common source, rather than the clearly separate lights that airplanes have. I recall that there were two of these objects, but there may have been more that I dismissed as airplanes before noticing the oddness of the lights.

At around this same time, I saw first two, then three lights off in the trees to the Southwest. At first I had thought they were the eyes of an animal, God only knows how I could have thought that, but then I noticed the third light, and also noticed that they seemed to be pulsating, growing dimmer and brighter by turns. These lights appeared to be very low to the ground, somewhere amongst the trees and evidently some distance away.

As all this was going on, and I was getting generally freaked out, while I was looking in the direction of the red/green/white lights, I saw a chevron formation of five very bright white lights appear out of the West-Northwest sky. This formation banked towards the South, and flew directly overhead. I was observing this from just inside the tent, with the opening facing Northwest (I was already pretty badly frightened by this point, and had gotten into the tent for security), so I lost sight of them after they passed overhead. I cannot really make a decent guess as to their altitude, or how fast they were moving--from the time I saw them to the time they passed overhead was less than half a minute, so I had the impression they were moving pretty fast, and at the time (having seen them from a great distance off) I assumed they were at high altitude, but descending as I watched. My impression was that they were five separate objects, although they remained in perfect formation when they performed the banking maneuver. I believe these particular lights passed over at around 8:15. They made absolutely no sound.

This brief sighting of five lights flying in a "V" was my only glimpse of what is now called the "Phoenix Lights." For several hours, however, I continued to observe a number of strange things in the sky, including the red/green/white lights, several lights that I would have thought were stars if they had not been moving in jerks and starts in random directions, and at one point what appeared to be a circle of orange light (pretty much the color of fire) passing through the sky from East to West, also without any sound. I was so exhausted that night that I eventually fell asleep despite all the bizarre things in the sky.