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Phoenix's Deer Valley: Some lights a 'prank' and some not?by Steve Hammons
Posted: 06:47 April 25, 2008
PHOENIX – The Associated Press was reporting Tuesday, April 22, that, "Red colored lights that formed a square and then a triangle were seen floating over north Phoenix. The lights were visible for about 13 minutes around 8 p.m. Monday."
The lights then moved to the east, according to witness reports.
Phoenix TV and radio stations as well as the daily newspaper, The Arizona Republic, have posted video and still photos on their Web sites this morning.
The Republic carried the story on the front page of their local "Valley & State" section. The Republic said one of its reporters, Anne Ryman, witnessed the lights and her description is consistent with other witness accounts.
The Republic also reported that one witness says he saw three jets flying in the direction of the unusual lights.
Although the lights are now rumored to have been a prank by a local resident – attaching flares to balloons linked by fishing line – the Deer Valley area has a history of strange lights and phenomena.
OFFICIALS AND MEDIA
Phoenix residents didn't say that they saw flying saucers or big-eyed ET visitors, but simply reported they saw four red lights. The media did a responsible job in reporting on this thoroughly and with credibility.
According to the Web site of the CBS TV affiliate in Phoenix, KPHO, channel 5, "Phoenix police and media outlets were flooded with calls Monday night" after residents saw the strange lights.
One witness estimated that the lights were at an altitude of approximately 3,000 feet.
Personnel at a local airport located northeast of the intersection of I-17 and the Loop 101 observed the lights.
According to the AP report, "KSAZ-TV, a local Fox affiliate in Phoenix, reported that officials from Phoenix Deer Valley Airport saw the lights approximately 4 miles south of the airport and that the lights were rising as they watched."
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