I received an email last night, from a gentleman, who along with his wife and parents, saw strange red/orange lights in the sky in Hernando, Mississippi.
Hernando, MS is located south of Memphis, Tennessee (I-55).
I corresponded with him and he sent in videos of that event. Presented here, are those videos and the witness' report.
Location: Hernando, MS
Distance: 1 mile
"My wife, my two parents and I saw something identical to this tonight in Hernando, MS. I also have video of it that I will send you if you'd like to see it."
After I emailed him back and told him I would like to see the video and read his report, he wrote:
"What we saw were several redish, glowing lights in the sky moving very slowly towards the northwest. We live close to Memphis, TN, so I see many planes day and night, and this was certainly not that. They flickered, move very slowly, and faded away slowly over about a 5 to 10 minute time frame. After seeing them, I googled "lights in the sky", and came across a video on your website that showed something very similar to what we saw. The video on your site was from Texas. I will send the video of what we saw in a separate email.
Here is the video of what we saw tonight. It was around 9pm central time."
See Video above.
When I asked him about distance, size of the objects and if they could have been known objects such as 'Chinese lanterns', he replied:
"It's hard for me to estimate, but I'd guess they were about a mile away, probably 1500 ft high and the size would be smaller than a pea at arms length.
I would say that they did look like Chinese lanterns, although I've never seen them in this area, and they were moving against the wind. The wind was moving south/southeast, and they were moving northwest. They were what I'd guess Chinese lanterns look like though."
Conclusion: Could these lights have been Chinese lanterns? I don't know of any paper lanterns that can float against the wind. The witness states that the wind was blowing in a direction opposite to the objects travel.
There is yet to be a definitive answer, as to what these lights were.
If you saw these lights in Hernando, Mississippi, or elsewhere, please report your sighting.
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