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Occurred : 6/13/2014 20:30 (Entered as : 06/13/14 20:30)
Reported: 6/15/2014 12:53:12 PM 12:53
Posted: 6/20/2014
Location: Corolla, NC
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
Orange lights over Outer Banks.

I was carrying some of our luggage out of our rental vacation house the night before we left for home. On one of the trips to the car I noticed in the distance several bright orange lights approaching from the southwest. The lights appeared orange in color and I thought at the time they would probably turn out to be the red and green wing lights of an aircraft, once they got closer and I could see more detail.

I soon could see that there were three orange lights each separated by perhaps a half mile. They moved one after the other towards the northeast and then each in turn seemed to turn more northward in direction. I thought anytime now I would see the flashing strobes of the planes, as we had seen various private and military aircraft all week. The strobes never appeared, only a very bright intense orange light which never wavered.

I have since read reports of “Chinese lanterns” being released in the past, while researching what I had seen, but I find it hard to believe the quality of the light I witnessed was the flickering of a candle. In addition the height and speed of the objects approximated that of the aircraft I had been seeing in the preceding days.

The first orange light flew almost directly overhead and while I listened intently for the sound of an engine there was total silence except for the occasional sound of thunder from a lightning storm just to my northwest.

I turned to ask one of our traveling companions to take a look and then looked back at the lights and the third light had disappeared, I don’t know what happened to it as I had only turned away for a second.

However, as the second orange light passed by, there was an extended lightning strike from the storm which lit up the sky. I could see nothing but the second orange light with no shape or body connected to it.

But moving across the sky behind it was a black or dark grey shadow that seemed to pulsate and change shapes stretching first longways and then sideways in an alternating fashion. I then lost sight of all three objects.