LAS VEGAS -- One of the most famous UFO cases of all time, known widely as the Phoenix Lights, was explained as the misidentification of military flares.
The so-called Lights over Phoenix, happened in March 1997. Videos and photos of what appeared to be a gigantic triangular craft were captured by Phoenix residents. The military denied having any craft in the skies, but months later said a National Guard unit had dropped slow-burning flares that night. The main investigator of the case, Dr. Lynne Kitei, who is in Las Vegas for a presentation, said the explanation doesn't fit, especially since there wasn't just one incident, but several.
"It wasn't just civilians," Kitei said. "There were report from pilots, commercial pilots, who had kind of an experience. As they were coming toward Las Vegas from Phoenix, they saw one of these objects. There were eight or nine different craft that people were seeing."
She said witnesses reported seeing the same huge object in New Mexico, California, Nevada and Arizona at different times and over a period of weeks, with some of the earliest sightings in southern Nevada.
Some of the earliest reports came from the Las Vegas valley, though the later sightings are much better known.
Kitei, who gave up her medical career to pursue this investigation, said that whatever the object was, it was seen by thousands of people over several states.
"We have reports as early as 3 p.m. in Arizona, 5:30 in New Mexico, 7:30 in California and multiple reports continuing through the evening in Arizona and then later in Nevada, then Arizona again. A Boeing crew came into Sky Harbor Airport (in Phoenix) next morning and there was one of these objects hovering over their tarmac. Incredible technology."
Kitei wrote a book and produced a documentary about the Phoenix Lights and is speaking Saturday night at the Atomic Testing Museum on East Flamingo Road at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.
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