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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/15/2011 21:20 (Entered as : 07/15/11 21:20)
Reported: 7/16/2011 3:21:00 PM 15:21
Posted: 7/17/2011
Location: Lafayette, LA
Shape: Formation
Duration: 5 to 7 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
Red lights over Lafayette, Louisiana.

I am one that can usually find an explanation for just about anything, but last night July 15, 2011 at approximately 9:20 p.m., I went into the backyard of my Lafayette, Louisiana home and looked up in the sky facing North West, immediately I saw seven bright red/orange round objects/lights in a slightly staggered formation. I was stunned at what I was seeing and I started yelling for my boyfriend to “get out here”. Once he stepped outside he saw exactly what I was seeing.

As we watched, I would say it all took place over maybe a 5 to7 minute period. They moved horizontally towards the North while appearing to gain altitude and one by one they would disappear. Then, we noticed another one approaching from the West beginning at the horizon, just above a distant tree line, moving in the same direction as all the others. Then there were more coming from the same direction totaling 12 to 13 and they faded away one by one in roughly the same location in the North. During the entire occurrence there was no sound.

We tried to take pictures and video, but nothing was clear. We live on the outer edge of the city, so the sky is not affected by the city lights. There are only a few street lights in the subdivision. Also, I am very familiar with planes, stars and even shooting stars out here and these objects we saw were none of these.

Once everything was over, we were both in shock. I called one of the local news stations to find out if there were any reports and I was told none were called in. I then called the airport (knowing these were not planes) and asked if they had any planes taking off or landing at that time. As I was speaking with a gentleman at the airport, he told me they had one that was supposed to land at 9:30 p.m., but was running late and at that point I saw it flying across the sky and it looked nothing like what we had seen previously. It was moving across the sky at a much more rapid pace. I searched the internet for any other reports last night and this morning, but I found nothing. Then, I found this site and called the number given and now I am posting this detailed report of the occurrence.

Is there any other explanation for what we saw?

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness, and we found her to be exceptionally objective and eloquent in her description of her sighting. We suspect that she is an excellent witness. PD))