On Dec. 30 at approxiatmely 6:15 p.m., a man and his children reported the sky lit up a "brilliant blue color" for about five to 10 seconds.
Approximately 30 miles east in the town of Bristol, also at about 6:15 on Dec. 30, another witness reported a similar blue light igniting the night sky, but also reported that the light seemed to be "a bright beam of light connecting the ground to the sky.
"It was a very bright white/blue, almost similar to the new HID headlights in cars. I was able to see it for what I believe was about 5 seconds, even though it felt like a minute."
In the Leicester case, the man's wife became the third witness today, reporting that she was driving home shortly after her husband's sighting of the blue light, unaware of his experience, about one mile from their home, when she noticed a bright light in the sky. She said the luminous object was about the size of the moon, and hovering at about a two-to-three story height in the sky. She described the light as being like a "headlight" and very bright. She observed the object for about 30 seconds until a bend in the road caused her to lose sight of it.
Livingston County Sheriff John York said that in nearby Chuylerville at approximately the same time, one high tension power line went down and took a second high tension power line with it. He said that the resulting accident could have caused a flash of light in the sky as described by the Leicester witness.
Sheriff York did not know the exact reason of what caused the power lines to come down, but speculated that recent high winds may be to blame. He said the lines were owned by two different companies.
The Leicester witness reported, though, that the weather was calm and clear from his vantage point.
Seargant Edwards with the Ontario County 911 Center said that the Bristol witness most likely saw a similar event when a "transformer popped" about 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 30 just east of Bristol near the lake. While there were no details as to what may have caused the transformer to explode, Sgt. Edwards said that the result would cause a flash in the sky similar to what the Bristol witness reported.
The Leicester couple made the following report to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
I was leaving the home of my parents with my three children around 6:15 PM on December 30, 2008. It was a clear cold night in the low teens. The sky was clear because you could see the stars as well as the planes flying over head. There was no precipitation in the air. As we stepped outside my parent's home, the entire sky lit up for approximately 5 to 10 seconds, but it seemed much longer. The sky because a bright and brilliant blue. The shade was a very light powedery color blue much like the color of a robin's egg. I remember noticing a couple of vapor trails in the sky and thinking to myself...where is the sound? Part of me was thinking that something had quickly flown over head because of the trails that I noticed and I was also expecting an impact shock. But there was none of either. The experience was jarring enough to scare all of my children causing them to run back inside the home.In an email to InCahoots.TV, the Bristol witness made the following report. He said he believed more in science and that anything alien-related was not on his "list of believable items."
Around the same time, my wife was driving home from work and noticed a large bright white light on the horizon that seemed to hover. It was as large as the moon. The moon was just finishing the new phase so it could not have been that. The light appeared to originate from the same approximate direction as the source of the bright blue flash. She lost sight of the object as she turned around the corner.
A friend of mine noted a power flicker around the same time in the village of Mt. Morris approximately 10 miles away.
Around 11:00 PM, the power failed at the home for approximately five minutes.
I was heading home from work for a long weekend on Tuesday December 30th, 2008. At approximately 6:10 or 6:15, I had just turned onto the road which my house is on, and about a half mile from my house I looked just to the right of my view of the road and saw the most amazing thing, a bright beam of light connecting the ground to the sky. It was a very bright white/blue, almost similar to the new HID headlights in cars. I was able to see it for what I believe was about 5 seconds, even though it felt like a minute. I was amazed at how it lit up the entire sky (mind you it was completely dark out at this time), it actually lit up the sky so bright, I could see all the trees in the area, and all the clouds up in the sky. Two things had run through my mind, lightning or a spotlight, a spot light would A) not be that bright B) not be consistently illuminated from bottom to top, and C) would not be that much of a blue color. Then I thought lightning, but it was lit up like a light for a few seconds, and it was a straight "beam" of light, not a random crash of lightning. I honestly had never seen anything like that in my life, It scared the heck out of me. Also about 2 minutes after the event I came into my house and the lights flickered twice. And then about 5 minutes later I was on the computer, and all the lights turned off for a second, but the computer stayed on, without any problems.Seven cases invovling bright flashes of light or the sky lighting up were reported from four different states over a nine days period.
Update Dec. 30, 2008 - Two reports to InCahoots.TV add to the material previously posted here. One witness in northwest Connecticut reports a blueish-green ball of light moving across the sky. And a family in Leicester, NY, 30 miles south of Rochester, reports their sky lighting up a bright, brilliant blue color.
Northwest, CN - Dec. 29, 2008 - The witness reports observing the eastern sky at a high elevation about 9:29 p.m. as he was waiting for his dogs to come back inside. He then observed a blueish-green ball of light moving across the sky in a north northwest to south southwest direction. Local police had no explanation or other reports.
Leicester, NY - Dec. 30, 2008 - At approximately 6:15 p.m. in this town 30 miles south of Rochester, a man and his children had the following experience.
"My children and I had just walked outside from having dinner from my parents home when I glanced up towards the sky to see the sky turn a bright brilliant blue color. The sky was so brilliant that it seemed to turn the darkness into day. There was no object to be seen in the sky but both my step daughter and myself saw what may have been vapor trails in the sky. It wasn't lightning of any type - there was no flash or flicker as there would even be with distant lighting. My first thought was wait for the impact but there was none. The sky just went dark."
Earlier from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database:
December 21, 2008 - Powerful flash turned all sky bright blue for a flash second.
I was laying in my bed in the dark with my curtains open but as I got up and gazed out the window, i saw the whole sky flash a bright blue. It was only there for a second or so. But it was similar to the way that meteor made the sky turn bright in the Canada incident. I know that on a different occasion I saw some electric blue object bolt for a cloud before, and it was so high up in the sky, yet it's light was so potent that I noticed it from thousands of miles below. I don't know that this could have been the same object but whatever was so strong that it made the whole sky turn very bright in a flash. I don't know what it was.December 27, 2008 - Sky lit up, light pulsated, viewed 4 bright lights traveling at high speed.
Me and my girlfriend were driving south on Lander Ave.in Hilmar California. at around 2 A.M. on Dec. 27 2008. All of the sudden noticed the sky pulsate and get bright. We both leaned forward because the light seem to come from above the car, I was traveling around 50-60 mph. The sky was illuminated for a few seconds and I noticed 4 white/blueish lights in a line traveling east at a very high rate of speed. They were visible behind the clouds for a split second then vanished. These were not military flares, it was not a shooting star, and no plane moves this fast. I can't estimate the altitude of the lights but I know they were high enough to light up the sky for about 5 seconds. I was in the Army, I've been in Iraq, I've seen war planes, flares, missles you name it. What I witnessed tonight was something I've never seen. I was not drinking, and I don't do drugs.Indiana
December 21, 2008 - My wife and I observed a large blue surging flashing light on the ground that covered a large area.
I work for Animal Control. On 12/21/2008 at approximately 11:00 PM, my wife and I had just responded to a house fire in Columbus, Indiana. We were on St. Rd. 450W heading east bound back to Hope. Right after we had past a local winery, Simmon's Winery, I noticed to the North of us was suddenly a blue surging light. The light lit up the sky in a large area but the source of the light had to be on the ground. I pointed it out to my wife and she too observed it. Immediately we started naming off the possibilities of what we were seeing. I mentioned that not far from that location is electric transformers in a fenced in area. I was certain that it was the transformers some how exploding. My wife suggested that we take a road in that direction to check it out. The best way I can describe the light is : It was blue and bright. It flashed very quickly or maybe a better way to describe it may be "surging".December 28, 2008 - Bright green flash that lit up the sky as far as I could see.
Visualize a firework that they call a fountain that is set off on the ground and the glow that it makes around it. Now visualize that glow and effect a quarter of a mile wide and lighting up the sky. That's what we had seen. As we drove around in the general area searching for the source we half expected to encounter emergency vehicles but we did not. It was as if we were the only ones who had observed it.
When we got to the transformers there was nothing out of the ordinary about them. we continued to search the area trying to come up with an explanation. We did not see any other types of lights nor any smoke anywhere. We continued to take county roads circling the general area but we did not come up with any source nor explanation. What we seen could not have been over looked by anyone who would have seen it. It had us baffled. Though we did not see any light in the sky nor did we see and object in the sky I could not get the thought out of my head that it was possible Extraterrestrial related. My wife laughed that idea off and refused to believe such a thing however she did admit repeatedly that it was a strange event and had no explanation for it. After searching for about 15 to 20 minutes we gave up the search and headed on home. The surging blue light on the ground lasted for approximately 15 to 20 seconds. (End of my Report.)
My girlfriend and I were in the hot tub between 3 and 4 am on Sunday Dec. 28, 2008 when the event took place. I pointed out to her to look at the tops of the trees because the wind was so strong it was swaying the trees very hard and just a few seconds after she looked up there was a flash/explosion that happened in the northeastern direction. The whole sky lit up very bright green following this flash and only lasted a split second. I didn't see an object before or after the flash.New Jersey
December 20, 2008 - Arc blue shooting star descending very rapidly /40-20 degree angle.
Driving southbound at 5:44pm,(we looked immediately at the time clock), on the New Jersey Garden State Parkway at the Newark, NJ exits, both my wife and I saw a bright (shooting star?). It was seen through our windshield almost directly in front of us. It was approx. in the W/SW sky. It appeared and disappeared quickly. 3-4 seconds. We saw it at approx. 40-45 degrees above horizon and ended approx. 20-15 degrees above horizon. It was brighter than Venus, which was bright tonight because of cold and clear skies,and it faded not entirely out, but disappeared at a lower radience, not at a dim light would have faded , say in a distance.Oregon
My first thought was that it was a shooting star, but two things did not ring true. One, the color was odd, blue/white as in an electric arc. Similar to arc rod welding. Secondly, I cannot for the life of me remember seeing a shooting star begin and end so abruptly, let alone beginning that close to the horizon.
December 21, 2008 - Stationary flashing lights in cloudy sky - white, blue, red, green.
There has recently been a severe winter storm in the Portland, Oregon area - snow, then freezing rain, then more snow. There was no precipitation at the time of the event, but it was overcast. I was in my bedroom browsing online. My computer is near a west-facing window. Around 9:20 I saw a series of about 3 flashes of bright white light off in the distance, appearing to originate on the ground near the Willamette river. Right after I saw that, the sky in that area went dark and I heard a distinct sharp and short electric buzz - I realized a transformer had blown. A few minutes after that, I saw a bright flashing light from overhead - it totally lit up the sky over our neighborhood and towards the north (directly south of Portland). This light pulsed regularly and changed colors randomly from red to blue to white to a strange green for approximately 3 minutes, then went out. My son went outside during the event to see if another transformer was blowing out, but the source of the lights appeared to be in the clouds. We couldn't hear any emergency vehicles or helicopter/airplane that could explain the pulsing lights.December 22, 2008 - 2 bright blue flashes.
The location of the lights remained stationary during the entire event.
Was shoveling out snow out of my drive way with 2 friends. As I was shoveling the lights and electricity dimmed and a bright blue flash lit up the entire night sky. Mind that the sky was pitch black because of the snow. Me and my friends were wondering what that was. We were in shock but got back to shoveling. In the next 2 minutes another bright blue flash came and it was brighter than the first. What followed next was creepy. Best Buy and other industrial business' power went out. The block on my side of the rode lost power. We went back into the house and found out that our appliances reset. Like the times reset, but we had not lost power. We went back out to check if the flash would happen again but it never did. Very shocking experience. By the way not a power outage line breaking because this was directly overhead and "traveled" across the sky. This looked like the "wormhole" picture.