|Occurred : 4/24/2004 01:30
Reported: 8/25/2004 6:51:16 PM 18:51
Location: Tinley Park, IL
|Tinley Park Follow-up
I was the individual who submitted the original Tinley Park "red light" sighting back in April. I can't possibly imagine that the light was caused by advertising lasers as there would be absolutely no way to determine where the advertiser was located on the ground (hence not a very effective means of advertising).....also, there was no light trail leading to a spot on the ground like a traditional advertising spot light would have (either the single oscillating beam kind or the newer 4 -beam type that makes the "figure-8's" in the sky). Also, when I saw the light, it was in the early AM when all retail would be closed. While brighter than a star, it really wouldn't have been all that noticable unless you looked up into that exact area of the sky and you realized it wasn't the "normal" red color of an airplane wing light and that it was stationary (in other words, it didn't appear to be anything designed to attract the attention of peo ple on the ground). Lastly, the area I saw it over contains warehouses, some residential subdivisions and vacant fields but no retail or late night places such as bars or all-night restraunts.
Here's a thought - The Tweeter Center (the Chicago area's main outdoor music amphitheater) isn't far away from the area in Tinley Park where I saw the light....could they possibly have a laser projection system that was pointed upward instead of towards the stage??? I've been to Tweeter in the past however and I think all of their lighting and projection stuff is under a pavilion roof so it wouldn't have exposure to the sky...also I don't recall any clouds the evening I saw the light that a laser would bounce off of....it just seemed to be hovering mid-air in a clear sky (but no indication of anything solid attached to, or behind the light). Also, I think 4/24 was too early in the season for Tweeter to be having concerts and even if they were, the event would have been long over at the time I passed the area.
Anyone else have thoughts on the mystery??
((NUFORC Note: Please see original report, submitted on April 24, 2004, which has this addendum posted to it. PD))