Sep 21, 2010 I Micah Hanks

Strange Things Hovering in (and Falling From) the Skies

Tuesday night, a strange series of orange and white colored lights were seen hovering over the ocean near Fort Myers, Florida. Earlier that day, witnesses near Egg Harbor, New Jersey, claimed they witnessed a man falling through the air, face down, who appeared to be free-falling without a parachute.

Attempts to find the individual--or at least his remains--were unsuccessful. Wednesday, Air Force officials, following up on the matter in southern Florida, issued a statement that F-16 fighter jets had been conducting training routines in the area, and for residents not to be alarmed. That would be fine, if it weren't for the fact that the strange, dancing orbs appeared again that evening.

When it rains, it pours... except for when it's raining orange balls of light, iridium flares, and people, apparently.

As for the lone skydiver, the "New Jersey Jumper" was, somewhat contradictorily, not witnessed leaping from a plane, but instead was seen in midair through the windows of a veterinary clinic by three employees that were on hand. The man was described as wearing a blue suit, and his arms and legs could be seen flailing as the individual plummeted to the ground, apparently landing in a nearby wooded area. One witness said of the incident, "they need to find him. There's somebody laying back there."

Students of Fortean phenomenon have available to them a long, baffling history that involves strange objects falling from the heavens. This branch of study includes everything from snakes, fish, frogs, blood, slime, chunks of meat, and even Japanese school children in one strange incident, having been witnessed falling from the sky (add to that unexplained aerial phenomenon if we were to consider UFO crashes like Roswell along with such "Fortean falls"). According to Air Force officials, what people were seeing were iridium flares were falling from the sky over Marco Island, Florida, on Tuesday night, having been dropped by F-16 jets deployed in the area on a training mission. This might be simple enough to justify, had it not been the testimony of at least one other individual who claims to have witnessed the objects hovering for several minutes at a time, visible in one place for long enough to be able to observe them through binoculars as they remained stationary. Then, strangely, they reappeared the following day.

During an email exchange taking place earlier today with this witness, Dr. Anthony Dallmann-Jones of the Marco Island area, he asked me rather pointedly, "How do you make something just STAY solidly up in the air for 4-5 minutes with no movement up/down or sideways IN FORMATION?" Again, Dallman-Jones says he, along with his wife, observed these lights for several minutes on Tuesday evening, at times using a pair of binoculars, and insists they could be seen hovering. Towards the end of our correspondence, however, he related to me that the lights appeared to return for a second round Wednesday night:

By the way, they were back last night!…but not for very long. One group of four in a line that stayed in one place then faded. and for the first time a “sinking group” They slowly sank towards the horizon then disappeared behind some clouds on the horizon. Total time was like ten minutes. No V formations or octagon-like…but again groups of four.

What is to be made of such strange aerial phenomenon? It leaves us almost wondering if the sky itself may be falling next. In the meantime, if you happen to have any information about a missing skydiver believed to have fallen to the ground sans-parachute in New Jersey, or the ongoing appearance of colored lights over Fort Myers and Marco Island, Florida, feel free to send your thoughts along via email, or use the comment feature below this post. Be sure and let us know if you have ever witnessed something strange and utterly bizarre falling from the skies!

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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