When several callers phoned into San Diego's NBC News affiliate April 28, the station captured this unusual colorful grouping of aerial lights over San Ysidro, close to the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Some said they appeared to be red, blue, and green and kept flashing and changing colors. Some who saw them say the lights didn't seem to move, like those on a plane or a drone," NBC 7 San Diego reported.
According to the station, "We put in calls to the military here to see if they could identify what these were. So far, no response."
It wouldn't be the first time that UFOs had been reported to local military bases around San Diego. Previously classified government documents under the Air Force's former Project Blue Book UFO study show how San Diego's military has seen its fair share of UFO reports.
Regarding this most recent case of odd lights in the sky, the TV station itself has stopped responding, after UFO researchers and The Huffington Post called, asking for details of the event.
A reporter, who said she was instructed not to give her name, told HuffPost that the station management didn't want any of their photographers interviewed or giving out information on the matter.
On the evening the video was shot, NBC 7 had been in the San Ysidro area working on an unrelated story.
One eyewitness, Larry Fox, sent photos to the TV station in which he described seeing something that "looked like a strobe light." Fox told NBC 7 he didn't feel it was a plane or drone. "It was a series of flashing lights. If it was a plane, it would have moved."
Some NBC 7 commenters offering explanations for the lights (seen above) include:
"I'm not saying it's aliens. But it's aliens."
"A string of LEDs tied to balloons...NO, that's a crazy theory. It has to be extra terrestrial!"
"Christmas lights hung from the bottom of a drone."
"Drone; string of LEDs; battery & controller = instant UFO."
"It's a crack in the walls of space and time, the universe is collapsing in on itself!"
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OpenMinds.tv investigative reporter Alejandro Rojas writes: "We have received several comments pointing out how similar the light configuration in the sky is to the lights on the ground, suggesting that the lights that appear in the sky are actually just a lens flare.
"Bright lights can sometimes be reflected inside the lens of the camera. In particular, a tower light can be seen pulsing at the top of a tower on the ground. One of the red lights in the sky pulses in the same manner. However, it doesn't pulse at the same time."
Rojas told HuffPost in an email he's a little suspicious about the San Diego lights account.
"I think this whole thing is fishy. If it's a lens reflection of the bright lights near the ground, which I suspect, then the NBC 7 photographer would probably know that. The lights would not have been visible in the air -- just in the camera.
"They don't claim it is a UFO, or that they do not know its origins. Perhaps they know this is not a UFO video. An ongoing problem facing UFO research occurs when not enough facts are available to help piece together a logical and credible scenario about a UFO sighting. There are many cases where eyewitnesses are either unable or unwilling to share information.
"I called NBC 7 to speak to the photographer, but I was sent to a voicemail where I left a message. I also emailed the reporter that posted the video, but thus far, I have not been able to speak to anyone with NBC 7," Rojas said.
"One possibility that explains why the flashing red lights were not synced up is that they were not the same lights," Dantonio told HuffPost. "Many times, internal lens reflections come from lighting that is outside the field of view and hits the lens at just the right angle to bounce around internally until the reflection reaches the sensor. Alejandro's thought that these are lens reflections, I think is exactly right.
"Without the help of the news folks, there isn't much else that can be tested. With an appropriate location, we could have figured out perhaps where these lights came from and made the correlation, but for now, we just have the working theory that these are reflected lights, but cannot match them up 1:1 at this point."
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