Strange lights over Bartlett on July 4
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Sue

Elgin, IL

#43 Jul 5, 2012
Yes I saw it on East side of Elgin. Thought it was fire work at the neighbors. Was a good sized orange ball of light, didnt seem that terribly high in the sky. As I watched it I realized it cant be a firework because it was moving for too long a time. I watched it till I couldnt see it any more. It was a little hazy looking and did wobble a little. And I swear I heard a noise also, almost like a glider or something. Was REALLY strange
Robb W wrote:
Did anyone else notice the strange lights over Bartlett at night on July 4th? Our group had set up camp for the fireworks display in the big, grassy clearing across the street from the carnival. While waiting for the show to begin, I looked up in the western sky and saw an odd glowing orange-red light. It was quite bright and very high in the sky. At first, I didn't think anything of and just assumed it was one of the many planes coming in for a landing at O'Hare.
A few minutes later I looked back up in the sky and saw that the same ball of light was still there and hadn't seemed to move at all. I thought this was very odd. I pointed the light out to everyone else in my group and we all watched it for several minutes trying to figure out what it was.
There were no blinking/flashing lights coming from the ball of light that would indicate it was some type of aircraft. It didn't make any noise. For several minutes, it didn't move at all. Then after about 5-10 minutes, the light started to move very, very slowly to the north. Eventually, the light moved behind some trees and we could no longer see it. The fireworks started a few minutes later (or maybe they had already started, I can't remember). I turned my attention to the fireworks and forgot about the light.
After the fireworks display, we pack up and started walking south on the Bartlett Nature Trail to get back to our friends' house where we had parked our car. As we were walking along, I looked up in the sky and saw the same glowing light again. It appeared to be back in the original position it had been when I first saw it. This time it wasn't moving at all. It remained stationery. It just hung there in the sky faintly dimming in and out. I pointed it out to everyone again, and we all were very perplexed as to what this light could be. Of course, the jokes started up about UFOs and Independence Day.
We kept walking along the trail and at one point passed a clearing in the trees to the west so that we were able to get a good view of the distant western horizon. At that point, we saw 3-4 more of the very same glowing lights way out in the distance. At first, they appeared to be arranged in an arch formation. Then the distant lights started moving up into the sky and formed a perfectly straight line pointing from the ground to the sky at about a 45 degree angle and angled towards the south. The distant lights remained in the formation for the rest of our walk back to our cars.
About 10 minutes after re-spotting the original light in the sky that was closer to us, it slowing dimmed and finally went black as if it were a light bulb that had just burnt out.
Did anyone else notice any of this?
James Baack

Naperville, IL

#44 Jul 5, 2012
I saw them..
I was in Hoffmann Estates and saw them as clear as day. A few others had noticed them too.
tina

South Elgin, IL

#45 Jul 5, 2012
We saw several of them at Pottawatomie park fireworks in St. Charles. after the fireworks disply. Everyone was talking about what they could be. One formation had 3 one had 4. All moving swiftly around 10pm
chris torres

Kennewick, WA

#46 Jul 5, 2012
Robb W wrote:
Did anyone else notice the strange lights over Bartlett at night on July 4th? Our group had set up camp for the fireworks display in the big, grassy clearing across the street from the carnival. While waiting for the show to begin, I looked up in the western sky and saw an odd glowing orange-red light. It was quite bright and very high in the sky. At first, I didn't think anything of and just assumed it was one of the many planes coming in for a landing at O'Hare.
A few minutes later I looked back up in the sky and saw that the same ball of light was still there and hadn't seemed to move at all. I thought this was very odd. I pointed the light out to everyone else in my group and we all watched it for several minutes trying to figure out what it was.
There were no blinking/flashing lights coming from the ball of light that would indicate it was some type of aircraft. It didn't make any noise. For several minutes, it didn't move at all. Then after about 5-10 minutes, the light started to move very, very slowly to the north. Eventually, the light moved behind some trees and we could no longer see it. The fireworks started a few minutes later (or maybe they had already started, I can't remember). I turned my attention to the fireworks and forgot about the light.
After the fireworks display, we pack up and started walking south on the Bartlett Nature Trail to get back to our friends' house where we had parked our car. As we were walking along, I looked up in the sky and saw the same glowing light again. It appeared to be back in the original position it had been when I first saw it. This time it wasn't moving at all. It remained stationery. It just hung there in the sky faintly dimming in and out. I pointed it out to everyone again, and we all were very perplexed as to what this light could be. Of course, the jokes started up about UFOs and Independence Day.
We kept walking along the trail and at one point passed a clearing in the trees to the west so that we were able to get a good view of the distant western horizon. At that point, we saw 3-4 more of the very same glowing lights way out in the distance. At first, they appeared to be arranged in an arch formation. Then the distant lights started moving up into the sky and formed a perfectly straight line pointing from the ground to the sky at about a 45 degree angle and angled towards the south. The distant lights remained in the formation for the rest of our walk back to our cars.
About 10 minutes after re-spotting the original light in the sky that was closer to us, it slowing dimmed and finally went black as if it were a light bulb that had just burnt out.
Did anyone else notice any of this?
I AM SO GLAD I FOUND THIS POST I LIVE IN RICHLAND WA AND ABOUT 11 PM LAST NIGHT I SEEN 3 ORNGE LIGHTS MOVEING SLOWLY ACCROS THE SKY IN A LONG V SHAPE
dande695

Frankfort, IL

#47 Jul 5, 2012
My family and I were on our balcony watching the fireworks and we spotted the same lights that you mentioned. There was a group of 5 or 6 of them and they were in a northeast direction from us. We live in Frankfort Illinois. Some of the lights were an orange color and some were white. They were statioary for several minutes, and then disappeared. They came back again about 5 or 10 mins later. We thought they were small planes flying around looking at the fireworks. Very strange for sure... they looked too close together to be planes and they were not moving.
Nonnie

Schaumburg, IL

#48 Jul 5, 2012
We watched flashing lights - red, green, orange over the Sears Center for at least a hour. We thought it might be a blimp, but it moved back and forth in the sky too quickly. Also, it stayed there long after the fireworks ended. It was still there when we finally got out of the parking lot, about 45 minutes later. I think if it was for the event, it would have turned out it's light and left as soon as it was over. We got phone pictures which aren't great, but there were people with good cameras who got shots of it.
Greg

Bartlett, IL

#49 Jul 6, 2012
I went to the Bartlett 4th of July fest as well, with my girlfriend. I saw three orange orbs in the sky, remaining mostly stationary to the left of the fire works display. I lost sight of them during the finale. They were definitely removed from the fireworks display and they not moving like any sort of firework, so I know they weren't a part of the show. I took note that the planes in the sky had blinking lights. These orange orbs were not blinking. I pointed this out to my girlfriend and she agreed they weren't planes. So...yea. Not sure what they were exactly. Also, I have seen the documentary "The Phoenix Lights," and I have to say the lights I saw appeared strikingly similar to those depicted in the documentary.

Since: Feb 12

Memphis, TN

#50 Jul 22, 2012
I have been seeing a strange star looking light for the past two weeks I saw it agian tonight I went in side for maybe 15 minutes went back outside and it was gone it looks like a star but flashes blue red green white and its brighter then a star.
Adam Russell

Palatine, IL

#51 Jul 6, 2013
Robb W wrote:
Did anyone else notice the strange lights over Bartlett at night on July 4th? Our group had set up camp for the fireworks display in the big, grassy clearing across the street from the carnival. While waiting for the show to begin, I looked up in the western sky and saw an odd glowing orange-red light. It was quite bright and very high in the sky. At first, I didn't think anything of and just assumed it was one of the many planes coming in for a landing at O'Hare.
A few minutes later I looked back up in the sky and saw that the same ball of light was still there and hadn't seemed to move at all. I thought this was very odd. I pointed the light out to everyone else in my group and we all watched it for several minutes trying to figure out what it was.
There were no blinking/flashing lights coming from the ball of light that would indicate it was some type of aircraft. It didn't make any noise. For several minutes, it didn't move at all. Then after about 5-10 minutes, the light started to move very, very slowly to the north. Eventually, the light moved behind some trees and we could no longer see it. The fireworks started a few minutes later (or maybe they had already started, I can't remember). I turned my attention to the fireworks and forgot about the light.
After the fireworks display, we pack up and started walking south on the Bartlett Nature Trail to get back to our friends' house where we had parked our car. As we were walking along, I looked up in the sky and saw the same glowing light again. It appeared to be back in the original position it had been when I first saw it. This time it wasn't moving at all. It remained stationery. It just hung there in the sky faintly dimming in and out. I pointed it out to everyone again, and we all were very perplexed as to what this light could be. Of course, the jokes started up about UFOs and Independence Day.
We kept walking along the trail and at one point passed a clearing in the trees to the west so that we were able to get a good view of the distant western horizon. At that point, we saw 3-4 more of the very same glowing lights way out in the distance. At first, they appeared to be arranged in an arch formation. Then the distant lights started moving up into the sky and formed a perfectly straight line pointing from the ground to the sky at about a 45 degree angle and angled towards the south. The distant lights remained in the formation for the rest of our walk back to our cars.
About 10 minutes after re-spotting the original light in the sky that was closer to us, it slowing dimmed and finally went black as if it were a light bulb that had just burnt out.
Did anyone else notice any of this?
What got my group going, was the triangle shape of the second wave of lights. Granted, there was a station at the festival grounds that was releasing lanterns, ala lantern festival that is ever so popular in Okinawa and so forth. But they stayed fairly low and dispersed as they progressed in altitude.
What we saw was entirely different. My brother in law pointed out the first few. I peered up, saw they were above the cloud cover or at least ascending into it,and I thought little of it. Then we saw the triangle formation. That's when we started talking.
Very interesting. Question is, can anyone verify why helicopters or planes would be in that formation at that time?
Thank you.
Eric Frost

Chicago, IL

#52 Jul 6, 2013
We brought out some Chinese Lanterns for the Fourth, but when I opened it up to launch, it was really huge! and I decided not to let it loose because we live right downtown off http://www.ERandolph.com (see screenshots). I ended up lighting it and just holding onto it, the flame was like two feet high and the whole lantern came up to my chest. Also it glowed very bright. But I still think the lights you saw were very likely aliens scouting for where to attack first. Next time you see them take cover!
LLL

Des Plaines, IL

#53 Nov 14, 2013
Robb W wrote:
Did anyone else notice the strange lights over Bartlett at night on July 4th? Our group had set up camp for the fireworks display in the big, grassy clearing across the street from the carnival. While waiting for the show to begin, I looked up in the western sky and saw an odd glowing orange-red light. It was quite bright and very high in the sky. At first, I didn't think anything of and just assumed it was one of the many planes coming in for a landing at O'Hare.

A few minutes later I looked back up in the sky and saw that the same ball of light was still there and hadn't seemed to move at all. I thought this was very odd. I pointed the light out to everyone else in my group and we all watched it for several minutes trying to figure out what it was.

There were no blinking/flashing lights coming from the ball of light that would indicate it was some type of aircraft. It didn't make any noise. For several minutes, it didn't move at all. Then after about 5-10 minutes, the light started to move very, very slowly to the north. Eventually, the light moved behind some trees and we could no longer see it. The fireworks started a few minutes later (or maybe they had already started, I can't remember). I turned my attention to the fireworks and forgot about the light.

After the fireworks display, we pack up and started walking south on the Bartlett Nature Trail to get back to our friends' house where we had parked our car. As we were walking along, I looked up in the sky and saw the same glowing light again. It appeared to be back in the original position it had been when I first saw it. This time it wasn't moving at all. It remained stationery. It just hung there in the sky faintly dimming in and out. I pointed it out to everyone again, and we all were very perplexed as to what this light could be. Of course, the jokes started up about UFOs and Independence Day.

We kept walking along the trail and at one point passed a clearing in the trees to the west so that we were able to get a good view of the distant western horizon. At that point, we saw 3-4 more of the very same glowing lights way out in the distance. At first, they appeared to be arranged in an arch formation. Then the distant lights started moving up into the sky and formed a perfectly straight line pointing from the ground to the sky at about a 45 degree angle and angled towards the south. The distant lights remained in the formation for the rest of our walk back to our cars.

About 10 minutes after re-spotting the original light in the sky that was closer to us, it slowing dimmed and finally went black as if it were a light bulb that had just burnt out.

Did anyone else notice any of this?
I saw the same at the Bartlett Fireworks Display and took pictures as well. I assumed they were some type of drone/surveillance aircraft. I have been wondering as well.

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