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Occurred : 9/30/2000 21:47 (Entered as : 09/30/2000 21:47pm)
Reported: 10/2/2000 03:47
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: San Fernando Valley, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:2 - 3min.
Multiple red objects hovering.

This past Sat. 30th Sept. 2000 at 9:47pm, I was just leaving the dept. store heading to my car when I looked up into the North Eastern sky and saw 9 to 10 RED objects dancing around glowing. Some were stationary(hovering)and the others were moving and winking out and return back in a differnt position. I yeld to the 4 ladies in front of me to LOOK UP, Look at that! They replied what is that? I only said call it ufo's for now I don't think they're flares. The Van Nuys Airport is in the opposite direction. The most compelling thing was before they vanished, they moved and formed a star constellation the Big Dipper and winked out a few at a time. This happen in just 2 to 3 minutes. I left and later came back with my cam corder and there was a helicopter circling the area at a low altitude. I don't know if it was police or military, but I got it(helicopter) on video. I do not know how long they were aluminated before I left the store.

((NUFORC Note #2: NUFORC received multiple reports from the north Los Angeles area about this incident. We are still uncertain as to what caused the event. At least one newspaper reported that it had been caused by sky divers with flares attached to them as they descended. However, one large group of observers at a church function allegedly witnessed the event for a measured 22 minutes, probably longer than sky divers could remain suspended beneath a parachute during a typical jump. We will continue to investigate. This note entered 04OC00, after the note below. PD))

((NUFORC Note #1/Entered 02OC00: The lights were found to be flares, attached to the legs of skydivers. Our gratitude to MUFON/Los Angeles for having investigated and found the explanation. A letter from Don Waldrop, MUFON State Director, Southern California, and Bill Casey, MUFON State Section Director and Investigator, is below:

Hi Peter,

A follow up to the reports of red lights over northern L.A. was reported
in the Daily News on Monday, October 2 under the title "Sky dives spur
UFO reports" by staff writer Elizabeth Rodriguez:

It seemed like an episode of "The X-Files" to some residents who saw
glowing red lights hovering in a V-formation over the northeast San
Fernando Valley on Saturday night.
"It was really bizarre," said San Fernando resident Janine Alvarado, who
joined her neighbors watching in front of their homes. "I didn't know
what it was."
An officer at the LAPD's Foothill station said police received a number
of calls from people in the Pocoima area alarmed by the unusual sight
near Whiteman Airport around 10 p.m.
He went outside and saw parachutes.
An employee at Whiteman said sky divers taking part in a show Saturday
night had flares attached to their feet as they jumped out of the
planes. The parachuters were entertainment for a party held in a hanger.

The jumps were approved by the FAA, he said. "Everything was legal."
Epifanio Baptista said he was with about 60 people at his house for a
family reunion and his guests began to yell and scream when they saw the
lights. But what they saw, he said Sunday, appeared to be moving to
quickly across the sky to be sky divers.
"It's hard to believe," he said, "My common sense says it's not
possible, I don't believe the explanation."

As I indicated in my telephone call to you, we at MUFON-LA didn't
receive any calls on the incident other than yours (which we appreciate
very much). In the future, I would appreciate a call directly to me or
Don Waldrop so that we can act more quickly to alert our team of

Bill Casey
Director of Investigations
(818) 345-6087

Don Waldrop
(818) 764-5124

Thanks Peter,