|Occurred : 7/15/2001 00:45
Reported: 7/20/2001 00:02
Location: Carteret, NJ
|((NUFORC Note: This report submitted by George Filer, Eastern Regional Director for the Mutual UFO Network, based in Longview, CO. Our gratitude to him, and to MUFON for this report. George can be contacted at <MAJORSTAR@aol.com>. George prepares a weekly compilation of UFO reports, "Filer's Files," which can be subscribed to for no charge.
Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the witness for sharing the report of his sighting, and for having made several public appearances, amidst a busy schedule. Even though the witness has appeared publicly, we have deleted his name from the report. PD))
Peter Davenport notified of a major sighing from his contacts. I contacted another witness who was trying to reach me. I interviewed the ((name deleted)) (higher than Monsignor) by phone that saw the object. He sent me the following e-mail. I'm driving up to interview him tomorrow and trying to get a copy of tape made by Carteret Lt. of police.
From: ((names and addresses deleted))
Hello: I have to report this since it occurred at approximately 12:45 AM July 15th 2001, over the town of Carteret, New Jersey. I am an Orthodox Ukrainian priest -- and my son (who is a funeral director was going out on a death call) gets in touch with me via his cell phone at about 12:40 and tells me I need to get dressed quickly and come outside. He was just getting ready to get on to the New Jersey turnpike when he saw a huge collection of lights numbering about 30 over the town of Carteret, and, specifically over the "Carteret Shoprite Shopping Center." I immediately put on a pair of shorts and slippers and went outside. By this time, my son was standing in front of the rectory (which is aside of the church) and was pointing to the series of lights moving in an easterly direction towards Staten Island. The Lights were arrayed in a series of triangular forms, but I only counted 13 or 14 lights. I say 13 or 14 because I was so taken by them that I didn't want to take my eyes off of
them to count them twice. The entire group of lights was moving from right to left (east) and totally in unison. As they were moving, a light would "drop" a "new" light from it (less intense than itself) and the "new" light would fade away. Immediately after that, the light that just "dropped" the new light would also fade out. This happened about five times as the collection of lights continued to move. As the entire sequence of lights continued to move behind the buildings to my immediate left, I had to move to our parking lot to see them and as I did, I began to lose sight of the group of lights until there was only one light and then none at all!
This was the strangest phenomenon I have ever seen. I estimate that the lights were no more than 3-4000 feet above the town. I am a private pilot, so I have a little idea of height and some sense of distance in the sky. These lights made absolutely no noise and moved with such precision that they
resembled a huge craft, yet I get the sense that they were individual lights and not one large craft. They definitely were not a meteor shower as a neighbor of mine neither yelled to me nor were they stars moving. They were a "calculated" series of high intensity lights moving in a specific direction. At this point, I can only call them UFO's and that they definitely were. I only wish I knew what they were doing here? If anyone else saw them or can explain their purpose, I certainly would be interested in hearing about it. Thank you. Rt. Rev. ((name and address deleted)) an added note - the sky was totally clears - no wind - stars were visible in the sky as well as approaching aircraft to Newark. There were no aircraft in the vicinity of the "lights" and my son commented that the airplanes which were on approach to Newark airport were lower than usual. ---
Editor's Note: Witnesses claim they do not believe these were parachute flares, blimps or other similar phenonena.