As many are fixated on the video of a reported UFO (unidentified flying object -- not an admission of an "alien") hovering in Jerusalem, it seems some strange lights haunted the skies over Utah last week.
Last Wednesday, three red lights appeared around 7:15 pm over American Fork, UT and seemed to hover while intermittently dropping what appeared to be flares. One witness told ABC 4 News in Utah that the lights didn't blink and she heard no helicopter-like sounds.
“Out of the red light comes, like, a firework — the phosphorescent silver — it’s coming down out of it and I thought, ‘OK, I’ve never seen that before," Lynette Chidester said. She added that she doesn't believe in extraterrestrials, but she has no idea what she saw:
A video posted on YouTube gives a clearer look at the lights:
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None of the local airports nor the nearby military base offered an explanation to ABC 4.
Readers might remember that similar lights appeared over Texas in October. Those lights, however, were quickly explained away as an Army Golden Knights parachute group performing a night time "pyro" jump.
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The Golden Knights have so far have not claimed responsibility for the Utah lights. The group's website puts the team in Florida at the time of the Utah mystery, and a story on the site explains the team trains in warm, sunny climates in the winter.
Similar lights seen over New York City at the time were blamed on children releasing balloons in Virginia. No word yet on if a birthday in Salt Lake reported missing balloons.