June 3, 2009

Lights over England generate UFO buzz

A group of yellow lights spotted over Lincoln, England, appeared to move in a flying formation before disappearing into the atmosphere, witnesses said.

Paul Slight, 54, who used his cell phone to take pictures of the lights, said he first spotted them in the sky at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, The Sun reported Wednesday.

There were 26 of them at first, dodging and darting in between each other like they were playing a game, he said. After that, seven more arrived from the right hand side and weaved through the crowd of lights like strange kinds of aircraft. After five minutes of moving around, the flickering yellow objects hung in the air for a second then shot off into the sky and disappeared.

I have no idea what they were "¦ I have flown planes and helicopters before and I know these were not them, helicopters couldn't line up like that or move that fast, he said.

Phil Hoyle, from the British UFO Investigation Unit, said the way the lights moved suggested an intelligence behind the display.

If these objects were circling one another you would have to rule out that they were fireworks, he said. If they were dodging and darting around each other it would indicate intelligent movement.

A spokeswoman for the nearby Royal Air Force base at Cranwell said she did not know what caused the lights.

I do not have any idea what the lights could be, we did not have any aircraft flying that night, she said.