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Occurred : 11/16/1996 16:30 (Entered as : 11/16/1996 16:30)
Reported: 1/17/2004 8:00:36 PM 20:00
Posted: 1/22/2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Shape: Light
Duration:1 hour
number of strange lights seen in NV test site Area 51 months before phoenix sighting

well im a truck driver and i was heading back to vegas from a run to utah.about an hour from home outside a little town called Glendale NV to the southeast of the test site and the infamous area 51 I noticed a light over the range.I didnt think much of it at first, thinking it was just a helocopter heading to nellis AFB.Than i noticed another light catching my attention abit,but still thinking they were helocopters.Now i was through Glendale and noticed four lights now i was courious and had to pull over to watch.I pulled off the interstate and drove out into the desert a ways about a 1/4 mile off the freeway.Now there were more lights.They looked to be over a small mountain range that lies between I-15 and highway 93 with the test site border just beyond. the color cought my attention because it looked very similar to the dull orange of street lights,most of them were in pairs one above the other,than there was what i assumed to be one with six lights going horizantaly, and they strobed off and on is the best way i can put it from left to right.I remember looking back at the highway thinking to myself cant anyone else see this because as of yet i was the only one watching.Than a few other cars pulled off a ways from me. The other doul sets of lights appeared to be playing one set would dim out and another would dim on like someone turning up a dimmer switch. most of the lights were stationary there were a few moving around slowly.I even called McCarren airport trying to se if they were seeing anything i felt like a wacco after that call,I think they sure thought i was.It was around 4:30 when i first started watching them and they stayed for about an hour and ten was lightly overcast and they light up the clouds above them.Than about 50 minutes into it a flight of jets comming out of Nellis were heading in there direction and turned slightly and headed into the bombing range.At about an hour and ten the lights started decending below the mountains.I could still see ! the glow over the mountains from their lights,and one by one like someone turning off light switches from left to right the went out.I waited around for about another 20 minutes or so and nothing more happened,so i headed on to Vegas.As I was coming over the hill into vegas i counted 19 ore fighters comming out of Nellis with their afterburners full throtle heading northwest.This seemed a little odd because Nellis doesnt do alot of night manouvers and even during the day you dont usually see as many as 19 jets taking off at the same time.