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Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/1/1997 23:00 (Entered as : 5/1997 23:00)
Reported: 3/10/2006 11:10:38 AM 11:10
Posted: 3/11/2006
Location: Syracuse, NY
Shape: Unknown
Duration:2 hrs
lights over central NY

I am a fan of the coast to coast show and heard about the upcoming program about the Phoenix lights and it brought back a memory of a sighting that not only my group had but many others(..I believe a photograph was actually in the Syracuse Post-Standard.) It was a May night sometime mid-month 1997 I think when myself and a couple of friends were doing a little night fishing on Oneida Lake about 15 miles north of Syracuse, NY Around about ten pm one of my friends noticed a group of three bright lights in a row across the lake(about four miles) and over the hills to the south. As we watched three or four other lights blinked on in line with the other three. This looked exactly like the lights in the video footage that was captured in Phoenix.We must have sat there for over an hour watching these lights.Some of the lights would seem to flicker on and off but they would always appear back in a straight line.

We could not make out any shape of any object and there was no noise.

The lights were still there near 12 am when we left.

The area where the lights were is on the flight path for planes landing at Hancock airport. I've seen planes with their landing lights on and when they come toward you they look like they are hovering.These lights however were brighter and were aligned perfectly and couldn't have possibly been commercial aircraft.

A week or so later a niece of mine who lives near the lake said she saw a formation of unmarked black helicopters fly over in the afternoon; however she was not sure if it was the same day that I had the sighting.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))