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Occurred : 9/8/2003 22:00 (Entered as : 09/08/03 22:00)
Reported: 9/13/2003 2:25:23 PM 14:25
Posted: 9/17/2003
Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Shape: Circle
Duration:2-3 seconds
Balls of light appearing in various sections of the sky over the ocean

I am not reporting a alien spacecraft, just an unusual light in the sky that I am hoping someone can explain. My wife and I and two friends have witnessed these orange to amber balls of light (similar to a flare) on four separate trips (April 2002, Sept.2002, April 2003 and Sept.2003) We observed them always on a clear night, usually about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon and having a range of motion. Sometimes stationary, sometimes moving in a horizontal path for a short duration. I am an ex-pilot and know aircraft movements, and aerial flare patterns, these lights were not aircraft related. Due to there frequency of occurance, I am thinking they are some type of atmospheric phenom., but noone has been able to explain them. The closest explanation I have come to is ball lightning, but they do not match the descriptions I've read. These balls of light suddenly appear(like a flare) but there is no upward or downward movement, always horizontal. I have no way of telling how far out to sea they are or their actual size, but has an amateur astronomer, they have the appearance of apx. 3 to 4 diameters of Mars (as seen on 09/08/03). I have read in this register several observations similar to ours. I would appreciate it if someone could satisfy my curiousity about these lights.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. Multiple sightings. The USAF A-10 aircraft used to be stationed at Myrtle Beach, although they have been stationed elsewhere now. However, there may still be a USAF presence at the airport, or at a nearby facility. PD))