Residents in the Rome Township, Proctorville and Chesapeake areas were not necessarily concerned, but were curious about the source of odd lights in the sky Sunday and Monday nights. Two lights appeared to circle as if chasing one another each night over Rome Township, prompting residents to peer skyward. Occasional blips or flashes also appeared at random, sometimes over Ohio 7 and sometimes over Ohio 243 or to the south, toward the Ohio River.
Originally posted by asala
I seen this big orange light in the sky last night, It stayed there for about 5 hours,
There was also a lot of plane activity
Kinda odd as i have heard others on this board saying about orange lights!!!
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Lawrence County UFO might have been Ronald McDonald.
Reports of bright, white lights appearing to chase one another in the skies over eastern Lawrence County might be attributed to a spotlight used across the Ohio River by McDonalds on U.S. 60 between Huntington and Barboursville.
The lights appeared in late August and have been reported almost each week since. Local television stations and law enforcement departments have received telephone calls from residents curious as to what the lights were.
While no definitive answer has been produced, the McDonalds spotlight appears powerful enough to reach the Lawrence County side of the Ohio River and the light does circle and reflect off cloud cover. It is, however, just one beam, leaving unexplained how it could be the source of two or more lights circling.
"We're all in our 50s, professional people - we're not into hallucinatory drugs or anything like that," Wingfield said. "People look at you funny when you tell them you've seen a UFO. But what we saw was unidentified, it was flying and it was an object."
Wingfield and her friends aren't the only people seeing strange things in the Grand Strand's nighttime sky.
There was a spectacular light show in northern Alberta Wednesday night after a mystery object made a fiery arc across the sky.
The eye-popping, whitish-greenish ball with a red or orange tail blasted into the night sky about 11:40 p.m. Witnesses said it took about 30 seconds for it to zoom across in a northerly trajectory.
The North American Air Defence Command (NORAD) and the Canadian Space Agency are trying to find an explanation.
In the sky, due south Greg, his wife and brother watched it for about three hours. He grabbed his video camera and recorded the object for about 20 minutes.
Greg Smith: "I was seeing red, two red lights, and two blue lights, and all white--like a star, and as big as a star."
But, unlike a star it kept moving.
Greg Smith: "It was more. It would go to the left, and then down. And then it would basically appear back up here."
Dozens of people who saw the light flashes called law enforcement.
But astronomers at the Morehead Planetarium say the Orionid meteor shower happens every year when Earth passes through the debris field of Haley's comet.
Astronomer Bruce Carney said Monday night's shower was rare because Orionids are made mostly of ice that usually melts before it gets too close to Earth. They're spectacular because they create a bright fireball when they wait until they hit the earth's atmosphere to burn up.
A man and his son claimed they saw a series of lights that lit up the night sky while attending a high school football game Friday night.
The Chillicothe Gazette reported that Lonnie Caplinger and his son Bruce spotted the lights during Unioto High School's game against Piketon.
According to Bruce Caplinger, he just happened to be looking up at the sky when he saw two bright lights that appeared to be moving toward him.
"Then all of a sudden, a third one appeared, then a fourth one, almost like a tear drop dropping out of the other one," he said. "They were in a horizontal line, four bright lights. Then they slowly turned orange and just disappeared."
"I couldn't believe it," Bruce Caplinger said. "It was too weird. It just makes you wonder what's going on out there."