I saw the Phoenix Lights that night, and have never stepped forward to report what I saw. I just read Mike Fortson’s report of the lights he saw on your web site, and was inspired to share what I saw that night, with you.
Anyway for what it is worth …. here is what I saw and remember.
I agree with Mike that the night was a spectacular night, clear dry and very pleasant.
After I finished work I would go to my wife’s store and work with her until she closed at 7pm every night. After closing we must have been on our way home by 7:30pm, and we lived close so we made it home by 7:45 or so. When we come home, my wife parks her car in the front of the house, and I drive down an ally to the back of our house, I opened the gate and parked my tuck on a small driveway we had in the back yard. I closed the gate and stood in the backyard alone.
One thing I don’t think anyone talks about is the comet that could be seen that night. Being a clear night the tail of Hale-bop comet looked long and wonderful. I remember thinking that maybe I’ll never see such a sight so I just watched it for a while soaking it in. That alone made the night until ….. From my house the comet was northwest, at about 10 o’clock in the sky. I started to notice some lights that had been exactly to the north of me. As I hung out watching the comet, the lights kept coming closer.
After a while, I could tell it was not just 1 light, so it sparked my interest. As it kept coming closer, I could see that it was made up of about 5 lights. I watched the lights come closer and closer, it was like they are heading right towards me. When they were about a 1/4 mile away the hairs on my arms started to tingle, and I began to think this was nothing I knew anything about. No sound, no wind nothing, it was V shaped, but I could not tell if it was a solid triangle or V shaped and it seemed very low to the ground. It was moving very slow so in about a minute or so the left side light was directly over my house, and I got the feeling it was not more that a couple 100 feet off the ground, and seemed to start turning to the east toward the airport. I ran into the house to get my video camera, and tell my wife what was going on, I made it back out side in a minute or so but I could no longer find it.
I told my wife and kids but they failed to be all that interested. I watched the news at 10pm and they said nothing. The next day on the way to work some people on the radio, KTAR talked about the lights, so I knew there were others. The rest is the Phx lights story.
At the time I lived at XXth street and Xxxxxxxx street in Phoenix. The lights came from the north, right down XXth street. I lived 3 houses from XXth street and as I remember the point of the V was over XXth street or a bit to the east of it, and the light on the left was right over me to give you an idea of the size . I never did get the feeling that the size was as big as Mike Fortson reported, or that it was moving that fast, but I do agree it was low to the ground. The total time I watched the lights was 10-15 minutes.
I now regret I did not jot down more of what happened that night, oh well.
In closing, I Xxxxx Xxxxx saw the lights that night, March 1997, and what I saw was not a plane, helicopter or flares. I don’t know what it was.