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Occurred : 3/12/2001 20:22 (Entered as : 3/12/01 20:22)
Reported: 3/12/2001 20:52
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Shape: Light
Duration:20+min
4 bright orange lights over the mountains north of Las Vegas - fading in and out and slowly moving

Four very bright orange lights were seen in the north direction (in a diagonal between Henderson Airport (near where I live)and the Stratosphere Tower, possibly as far north as the mountains on the north side of the valley. They were the color of sodium lights and just as bright as one you would see 2 blocks away. Definitley not the color of airplane lights. I first saw two lights, then two more faded on at a higher altitude (closer?). The lights then proceeded to fade out either in pairs or singly. They were moving slowly and would fade in and out as they moved horizontally and vertically. The horizon line of the mountains would not be explainable as lights higher would fade out while lower ones remained. Just after the last one faded another one lit up slightly to the right and higher for about 5 seconds. Perhaps the military uses different colored (and brighter) lights on helicopters? They were not flares as they moved horizontally.