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Occurred : 8/15/1999 22:30 (Entered as : 08/15/99 22:30)
Reported: 9/18/1999 23:34
Posted: 10/2/1999
Location: Los Lunas, NM
Duration:2-5 seconds
I saw a bright flash through my skylights (facing West) in my home on August 15. I verified that I checked out a movie on that day recently. I thought the flash was a helicopter doing a search, which was odd in itself.

I had checked out the movie "You've Got Mail" on August 15, and started to watch it around 10-10:30 PM. I was well into a fourth or half of the movie (around 10-11 PM), when I saw a bright flash through my 2 skylights in my home. The skylights are facing West. I thought it was a helicopter flying around at night doing a search. The bright flash startled me that I jumped from my couch. As I looked through the clear skylights, I could see the clouds very well-defined in the sky. I then realized that it couldn't have been a helicopter because it does not that the capability to illuminate the sky and I didn't hear the loud,annoying noise of a helicopter. After looking through the skylights at the clouds, I ran into my bedroom and tried to wake my husband to tell him what I've seen. He was too sleepy to get up and check. I looked out and the night was calm and quiet. I live in a quiet, bedroom community south of Albuquerque, NM (approx. 15 minutes South of Albuquerque). I'm reporting this now because a week ago, the local AM news station on the radio (770 KKOB) was running "The Best of Art Bell" at midnight, when I heard about the 3 second illumination of the night sky. At first, I didn't think anything of it and was just interested. Then they mentioned that this illumination happened around mid-August. August 17 is my annivesary and I remember I checked out "You've Got Mail" a few days prior. For some reason, the date of August 18th stuck in my head as being the