|Occurred : 10/8/1999 21:00 (Entered as : 10/08/1999 21:00)
Reported: 9/9/2006 12:55:08 PM 12:55
Location: Munds Park, AZ
|cone shaped mist with single white light at top. off i 17 at munds park at approx 9pm 10/8/99
about 9pm on oct 8th my husband and i were driving north on I-17 following jackson brownes verde valley benefit. unlike our normal routine of driving north on 87A thru oak creek i felt compelled to take I 17 north instead. when asked why i replied; "because we're going to see something" (honest!) as we came about 15 miles south of flagstaff we exited at munds park to mail something. (i later found out that shirley mc claines "center" is there and they confirmed the sighting, which makes it less or more credible but i'm unsure of which)as soon as we reenteered the freeway we saw a huge cone shaped foggy light approx 300 ft wide at the base. it was loosley defined in shape and was surrounded by a white foggy mist although it did maintain the shape of a cone/christmas tree throughout the event duration. we pulled off at the next rest stop (maybe 3 minutes farther north) and got out to watch it. one car pulled off, threw away a soda can, and left without looking. a truck driver was parked and out polishing his grill (at night?) with his back to it. at the top was a single point of light that seemed stationary but was then shot off like on a rubberband. we then drove north to trinagulate it's position, size and shape and exited several times to do so. we were able to determine that it was very large and was centered just slightly north over the munds park exit, slightly north of the freeway onramp on the west side if going north on I 17. at one exit we pulled off to get closer for more details and a truck passed us coming out of a dead end dirt road. we then turned around and crossed the highway to the east side of 17 and drove up to see the object from a higher vantage point. we then got back in the car and rushed to pull off at our exit, kachina village, we went into the small convenience store. the clerk was overwhelemd as the police scanner was processing tons of calls. when we arrived home a few minutes later, i phoned our local npr station at nau and was told other reports were being ca! lled in.
at approx 6am the following morning a formation of seven black helicopters flew very low over our home in the direction of the sighting. they came form the north. it was later said to have been a launch at vandenburgh afb BUT both of us are from california and have seen MANY launches. this was not a launch. we later confirmed (to absolutley convince ourselves with proof by comparing what we saw to an actual launch as seen from the excat same location) we further validated this by taking a friend to the launch which the three us witnessed from the munds park rest stop in jan 99. it confirmed that what we saw in oct was definately not a launch from vdb afb, not even close. the person at npr relayed this answer/info to us the next day (10/9/99). my immediate feeling was that most who saw this would be convinced by this explanation hereby redecuing a majority of reports. the clerk at the store said that as the reports continued that evening on her scanner, the sighting was reported from as far south as phx and as far north as the utah border. several times after the event we attempted to get to the exact location but were unable to do so. for years now i have waited to see another report on this date and have decided to share now for clarification and/or coinciding info or events. as much as 40 minutes after the sling shot effect, we could still see the north end of the mist from our home. the oddest part was that the mist hung in the air and stayed in a loosely shaped cone for more than 45 minutes as it slowly disspated. this is the first and last time i've seen this type of event. i will file a report about another incident near corvalis or, in 1996, where a triangle formation was surrounded by a bluish mist before it disappeared. lastly, i will file a report for may 10, 2004 which occurred at la cienega lake on the white mountain apache reservation. it was three lights in a triangle formation but as there was no occlusion we determined there were three seperate objects/lights. they may have been the NOSS! sat's h owever it differed from other possible NOSS sat sightings reported to you. i noticed today that az had alot of sightings in june 2004 and for ours there were 4 sane witnesses. again, we "felt" compelled to be at this particular spot and time to see something and indeed we did.