Sunday, December 25, 2011

Air Traffic Controller Watches 10 To 20 Red Lights In The Sky Over Providence Rhode Island (Video Footage)

Date:  December 24, 2011
Time:  Approx: 9:30 p.m.
I got a video, but the quality is not great. At about 9:30 p.m. on 12/24/11 I noticed several bright red lights in the sky. They seemed to strobe and move very slowly. I would guess that they appeared at about 3000' and would disappear completely after about 1-2 full minutes at approximately 10-12000'.
These altitudes are pretty precise, I am an air traffic controller and can determine altitudes fairly accurately. They all seemed to originate and disappear at the same point in the sky as the previous and they moved in a arched pattern, yet they weren't evenly spaced.

When I saw them, I ran into the house and told my wife to come look. She agrees that this was not normal.
I quickly went onto and pulled up the 9-9:30 hour for Boston Approach to see if any pilots reported anything. Providence was not available for some reason. I found/heard nothing, but I didn't search long.
Please keep me updated on any new findings.
Video footage of the lights is provided by the witness:
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  1. curious, am also an ATCS, are you tower or center/tracon and were there any cloud decks you could use as a reference?

  2. Those flew right over my head. I only caught the last 5 of them. I was told they were red lanterns sent up in Albany Ohio. The were absolutely quite, but my only doubt was how fast they went over my head. I was near Bob Evans in Athens at the time.

    1. my family and i came home at night i can not remember the exact hour and we saw 10 or 15 lights in the sky and all of them turn out at the same poin in the sky ???????