Jon Nowinski, director of the Orange-based Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA), said in an e-mail Monday the organization received reports from multiple witnesses in New Haven and Litchfield Counties.
Mr. Nowinski said in an e-mail that the SGRA is expanding its search because of the response received since the sighting.
"It appears that Woodbury was not the only place to see lights," said Mr. Nowinski.
The glowing red craft paired with a hovering white orb was first reported by Woodbury-Middlebury Patch from UFOStalker.com.
According to UFOStalker.com the report was as follows,
My roommate and his girlfriend went outside our apartment to smoke a cigarette. Minutes later his girlfriend rushed dramatically upstairs insisting my girlfriend and I come outside immediately. Upon looking to the north/northwest direction in the night sky, 2 visible and unidentifiable lights were present: 1 red triangular/sphere shape hovered around, unlike any identifiable aircraft I've ever seen. It made no noise and no other identified aircraft were visible at this time. The craft seemed to be a white light sphere/orb, smaller than the red craft beside it (my roommate claims that the white orb was originally the same as the red craft beside it and dimmed to a white orb before I made it outside.). It is unsure whether the sighting was one craft or two crafts attached. I took out my iPhone and filmed for about 15 seconds before I realized the crafts were too far away and my digital video was subpar in terms of substantial evidence. However to the naked eye this phenomena was clearly a UFO sighting. After about 10-15 minutes of speculation and astonishment the red craft flickered and dimmed until it was the same color and size of the smaller white orb. At this point it was evident the crafts were trying to conceal themselves. Slowly the orbs dimmed into the horizon (this all took place within a 45 minute to an hour period) 7/29/12, WOODBURY CT
UFOStalker.com provides a map of the U.S. with locations of reported sightings highlighted. According to UFOStalker.com, the latitude and longitude given on the Web site are latitude 41.53752 and longitude 73.225841, according to Steve Morse's latitude and longitude converter Web site, mentioned in the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch story. The UFO was reportedly seen somewhere in the vicinity of 5 Old Grassy Hill Road and 60 Translyvania Road.
Mr. Nowinski, who recently spoke at the Torrington Public Library, said there has been an increase of reported sightings lately, including more in Connecticut than most years in the last 10 to 15 years.
The SGRA studies the paranormal, metaphysical and unexplained, according to their Web site.
The Litchfield County Times received an SGRA photo last week from a resident in New Haven on the same night. Mr. Nowinski said statistics so far include Woodbury, which has four witnesses, Monroe with three witnesses, New Haven with two, Bethany and Milford had one witness in each of the towns.
"All of these people reported exactly the same, or similar sightings, so it's highly possible they are all connected," said Mr. Nowinski. "The time frames were similar, all between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m."
Mr. Nowinski found out about the witnesses in Monroe this past weekend.
According to the Web site, investigations began last week after they received an e-mail from a witness in Woodbury who believed he or she observed a strange object in the sky on Sunday night and was surprised when an article was posted on the Woodbury-Middlebury Patch Web site with a description of what they had observed. That sighting was related by another resident of the town.
Following this initial report, and after seeing the article, the SGRA team jumped into action and began trying to spread the word that they were seeking information, according to the Web site.
"As it turns out, Woodbury wasn't the only town that may have been visited that Sunday. Witnesses in New Haven, Bethany, Milford and, most recently, Monroe have come forward claiming to have seen very similar objects, according to the Web site.
Some witnesses watched the object for several minutes, even long enough to have others come and see it. Three people so far have managed to snap pictures of the object.
In April, Mr. Nowinski and his organization took seriously reports of a UFO falling into Bantam Lake. The buzz was that a glowing green object fell into Bantam Lake in Morris around 2 a.m. An unidentified motorist who was near the lake called State Police at the Troop L Barracks in Litchfield to report seeing a green, whale-sized object fall into the lake.
Such a report doesn't necessarily suggest credibility--given that the motorist didn't stick around and apparently didn't call back - but an on-duty State Police trooper some 10 miles away in Warren also called the barracks to report seeing a large object fall from the sky over Bantam and Morris.
Mr. Nowinski has been invited to teach a class on investigating the unexplained as part of the Litchfield and Thomaston Adult Education program at the Foothills Adult & Continuing Education Program in Thomaston and Litchfield in the fall, and he will be using the Bantam Lake incident in some discussions about how investigations are carried out.
Mr. Nowinski said in June that his group had discovered, through extended research, that in the days surrounding the Bantam event there were several incidents throughout the U.S. streaking objects crashing to earth.
In California, meteor fragments were recovered in the desert. Mr. Nowinski said it seems they were all linked to the same meteor shower. Mr. Nowinski said the SGRA receives three or four reports a month about UFO sightings from the Torrington, Litchfield and New Milford areas.
The Woodbury sighting remains an open investigation and the SGRA is still seeking information from anyone who may have witnessed the object on July 29 or other nights as well. Witnesses are encouraged to contact them directly at [email protected], 203-987-SGRA or by filling out one of the sighting report forms on their Web site www.sgra.org.