Strange lights over Bartlett on July 4

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Robb W

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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?
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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 think you may have had too many Bud Lights !
Robb W

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Nope, hadn't been drinking yet. I've got at least seven other people from my group that saw the same thing. I'm not trying to claim I saw a UFO. I was simply asking if anyone else noticed this and, if so, do they know what it was. My description of the events was lengthy because I tend to be anal and OCD about describing anything. Also, I was hoping that the detailed description might possibly spark an idea in someone else's mind and they would be like, "Ah Ha! Based on your description, what you saw is most likely such-and-such."
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Robb W wrote:
Nope, hadn't been drinking yet. I've got at least seven other people from my group that saw the same thing. I'm not trying to claim I saw a UFO. I was simply asking if anyone else noticed this and, if so, do they know what it was. My description of the events was lengthy because I tend to be anal and OCD about describing anything. Also, I was hoping that the detailed description might possibly spark an idea in someone else's mind and they would be like, "Ah Ha! Based on your description, what you saw is most likely such-and-such."
I was just funnin' with you. Any additional comments will be interesting to hear/read.

Anyone who thinks we are alone should open their minds... Good Luck with getting responses!!
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I and about 30 of our guest at my house saw these lights in the same way. We are in the south west sid of South Elgin. (and I dont drink)I have never seen this before, but on the internet. I do not believe in UFO's, but this has given me some wonder. I do not know, but if you saw them in Bartlett I don't see how they could of been homemade.
Robb W

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Sweet! Someone else who saw the same thing we did, AND you had 30 in your group! Like I said, I'm not trying to start some kind of UFO conspiracy. I would just like to find out what I saw. If there is a reasonable, terrestrial explanation, I would be happy with that. However, there is nothing in my mind and experience that I could compare these lights to and think, "Oh, that's what that was." And I don't mean to sound like these were some sort of bright, intense, other-worldly lights that made your jaw drop and exclame, "We are not alone!" These were just odd lights in the sky that didn't fit in with the rest of the lights in the sky that I would expect to see in everyday normal life. They behaved oddly, and I cannot logically equate what I saw with anything that I have seen before.

Normally, if I were to see lights in the sky, especially if there were numerous ones in a formation, I would just assume they were planes lining up for landing at O'Hare (given that I live in a reasonable proximty to the O'Hare airport area). However, the lights from planes have a tendency to move in the sky as they descend and approach the runway. Also, planes (and other aircraft) have blinking lights.

The lights I saw in the sky were fairly stationary or moved very, very slowly. There were no corresponding blinking lights associated with the orangeish balls that would indicate they were aircraft. After about 10-15 minutes, the light would slowly dim out and disappear.

As I am currently typing this, my wife is on her PC searching for these same type of observations. Apparently, there have been a TON of these sightings within the IL, MI, IN, WI area over this past weekend. I need to look into this more and see what other people are reporting. My wife is looking at reports at www.mufon.com .

I really wish that the forums on Topix.com had a wider readership so that I could get responses from more people.
Ashlee

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Jul 7, 2009
 
I didn't see lights that night but I have seen lights just like how you described before while driving thru Bartlett. At first it was just one then there were more that stared to appear in a formation. Anyway I drove a while to see if I could get closer or see where they were coming from, turns out they were lights from towers on the east side of Bartlett...maybe this could be what you saw if there are more of these towers in Bartlett or could be something different especially if alot of people saw it. Anything is possible.
The Answer

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Jul 8, 2009
 
What I think it was one of a few things. I know about the time the fireworks started a major transformer blew, and ComEd and Fire trucks were on scene for quite some time. So either it could've been their stationary spot lights, or just the odd effect from half the town having power, and the half you were sitting in having almost no power at all.
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Yep I saw the same lights over plainfield il, there was about 10 of us and we all saw them ,this was at about midnight and lasted for about 10 mins
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Rob, I've seen something similar for several morning straight here in Ga...I have some pictures you should see to compare! Contact me if you're interested. Smilingjackal@aol.com
Otie

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I saw the light too...I was in Chicago at the time at a friends house just after 10pm when I saw it. I thought it was a part of a firework that was still burning but it never died out and continued on a linear path...then I lost sight of it. I thought nothing of it at the time but I couldn't stop thinking about it all weekend. It was just so strange to me how this burning ember wouldn't die out.

I reported this to MUFON as well, but I'm speculating that it might be a firefly chinese lantern.

But I don't know how this can be nationwide hoax because it seems like people all over the midwest and east coast have seen them.

Here's a link of a video posted from someone in Wisconsin. It's exactly the image of what I saw...

http://www.mufoncms.com/files/17886_submitter...
The Answer

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Otie wrote:
I'm speculating that it might be a firefly chinese lantern.
re-reading everyone's sightings I believe it was the firefly chinese lanterns. I saw them on Stearn's Rd. and from 100 ft in the air, they did look like glowing orbs, but as I got to Stearns/59 I could see the trail of lanterns, someone was lighting a couple dozen chinese firefly lanterns off N/E of Stearns/59. Pretty cool to see them all, and REALLY glad they didn't come down in the forest!

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Jul 8, 2009
 
I Googled Chinese firefly lanterns and watched a few videos demonstrations. When high in the sky, they do seem very similar to the lights I saw on July 4. I guess it's very likely to be the lanterns. I just didn't realize they were that big of hit over here in the USA that it would cause a nationwide UFO frenzy!
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C'mon people, they were not UFO's. They were lanterns that you put candles in and the heat builds up and causes the lantern to fly. IT WAS NOT A UFO.
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I live just south of Nashville, Tn. We noticed the same lights in the sky several times in seveal directions last night. Some were moving faster than others. They were defintely moving too fast to be a lantern. Some of them appeared to be staying in one place then moving out of sight of dissapearing all together. Strange.
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As I was pulling into my driveway (right at Oak Grove Park by the new retirement home) at around midnight I saw the glow also. I couldnt tell what it was while driving, but as soon as I was parked I could tell it was a Chinese Lantern, it was about 100-200 feet above my house. I can easily see how this can get mistaken when looking at it from afar.
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Me and my family were out popping fireworks on july 4th when we looked to the sky to see this red gliding orb well we could not describe it! we were all freaked out as it went above us,and there was about 15 people in our group then two more went across we all got out our cameras and started shooting there was no sound to it ..it was pretty earie,then 4 more lined up and went over us total of 7 within 15 minutes or so...it was something else we all went to bed talking about it...

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Jul 7, 2010
 
I am the person who reported three different UFOs over Streamwood. Anyone who saw these and thinks they are lanterns or balloons..BS i say. They lit up the clouds above.

The second and third objects we saw deviated from there paths to continue on the path of the first object we saw. All three came in from different directions. The last one was way more east then the first two.

12-15 of us don't all see the same weird thing and get up to track them. Go to Muffon.com and see my pictures not much but it was a cell phone camera. they were too big for balloons or lanterns.

I saw what I saw and can not say where they came from. here or out there. I only know what my eyes saw. Not fireworks or lanterns that's for sure.
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Hi, I have seen similar lights over New york city and the hudson river. Sometimes there are one, or even three. They stand still and do not move!
Dee

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Jul 9, 2010
 
On July 7 at about 5AM over Houston, I saw what appeared to be three circles, one above the other two so that they formed a triangle. I only saw them for a few seconds, when they disappeared into the clouds. We've getting a lot of rain, so there were quite a few of the clouds. I'm pretty sure they didn't come from an aircraft because I wouldn't have able to se the circles so clearly. I'm sure it was nothing. Heck, in a city the size of Houston, lights in the sky should be the only thing we can't explain. Still, I'd like to know. When I hear a noise at the front door, I try to find out what it is. It doesn't mean that I think little green men are coming through the screen window.

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