|Occurred : 7/18/2012 22:00 (Entered as : 07/18/12 22:00)
Reported: 7/21/2012 8:25:42 PM 20:25
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
|Bright lights seen off Pawleys Island SC
July 18 2012 Nine of us were on the beach at Pawley’s Island, SC around 2200 hrs. We were sitting in a circle at the people facing the ocean saw several bright lights that came on suddenly, stayed on for 5-10 seconds and then faded. Those of us with our backs to the ocean turned around and watched. Over the next 30 minutes we saw them repeatedly. Sometimes there was just one and other times 2- 4 at a time. One time three of them came on in a sequence moving left to right and then faded in the same pattern. We probably saw 15-20 of them during that 30 minutes.
The light was reddish yellow and came on intensely, stayed on for several seconds and then faded. There were some low clouds on the horizon and one time one lit up behind the cloud and gave the impression that it was a VERY intense light. These were located due east of the beach at about 25 degrees off the horizon. It was hard to tell how far away they were but probably 5-10 miles would be my guess.
No aircraft were visible anywhere near the lights. The nearest air bases are Shaw Air Force Base and Charleston Navel Air Station. There was a southeasterly wind of about 15 mph. The lights did not appear to move in any direction while they were visible.