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Sighting Report
Occurred : 1/24/2005 (Entered as : 01/24/2005)
Reported: 2/14/2005 8:05:13 PM 20:05
Posted: 2/22/2005
Location: Lake Wales (East of), FL
Likely explaination for sighting in Lake Wales 1/24/2005

Referencing the sighting reported on this date, I am very familiar with this area. The direction the folks were traveling (east) and the fact the wife sighted the lights to her right (south), this was most likely military activity over Avon Park Bombing Range. Flares are frequently dropped from high flying aircraft that float slowly on parachutes. The high altitudes and distance make the flares seem motionless without a reference.