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Mass UFO Sighting In Arizona Reopens Phoenix Lights Debate

The Phoenix Lights are one of the most compelling UFO sightings in recent memory. On Thursday, March 13, 1997, thousands of witnesses across Arizona saw two distinct groups of unexplained lights in the sky: one appeared to be a massive V-shaped aircraft the size of several football fields which flew across the state, while a separate formation of lights appeared to hover stationary in the skies over Phoenix. This second formation was claimed by the United States Air Force to be flares dropped from planes in a training exercise, but a definitive explanation for the V-shaped craft has never been found.

The Phoenix Lights remain among the most widespread mass sightings in UFO history.

The Phoenix Lights remain among the most widespread mass sightings in UFO history.

Now, more sightings in the Phoenix area have rekindled the debate over the Phoenix Lights and have some wondering if the city has become a UFO hotbed for as yet unknown reasons. According to Arizona NBC affiliate 12 News, dozens of Phoenix residents took to social media on October 25th to report sightings of lights quite similar to those spotted almost 20 years ago.

I'm not sure "explodes" is quite the word I would have gone with, but sure, let's go with that.

I’m not sure “explodes” is quite the word I would have gone with, but sure, let’s go with that.

One Twitter user, Kid Poo, took to Twitter to ask if anyone else had seen the strange lights he spotted east of Phoenix:

Just saw some weird lights in the sky in the East valley a little South of superstition mountain. Anyone know what it was? #UFO #arizona

Many other Twitter users reported the same sightings. Of course, the usual explanations have been thrown around – aircraft coming in for landing, drones with LEDs – but many UFO researchers have dismissed these claims. Nearby Luke Air Force Base reported that all of their flights were grounded by 5:30 p.m. on that date, long before the sightings were reported.

Another out-of-focus, distant image of the alleged UFOs.

Another out-of-focus, distant image of the alleged UFOs.

The sightings were scattered across a 300-mile radius stretching from Tucson to Phoenix, implying that whatever these lights might have been, they were large enough to be seen from a distance. That would rule out a minuscule drone as a possible cause, but with limited photographic evidence (as usual), the rest is left to hearsay.

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  • Capeo

    It’s flares. Just like the first time was. Nothing unidentifiable about it.

  • Ghostdanser

    Good that all of Luke AFB planes were accounted for, but if they could be seen in Tucson did they check with Davis-Monthan AFB? And if memory serves me correctly there’s a Arizona Air Guard squadron stationed at Tucson International Airport.

  • Jonathan Strauss

    The first time was NOT flares. You clearly have no experience with the sighting nor done any research.

  • Jeff Pendleton

    This s one of two of the most fascinating ufo reports within the last 15 years or so…of course, the Rendeldhem Forrest encounter in 1980 was unique!