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Occurred : 3/12/1997 21:00 (Entered as : 03/12/1997 21:00)
Reported: 7/8/2005 12:30:37 AM 00:30
Posted: 7/13/2005
Location: Black River (Canada), ON
Shape: Sphere
Duration:2.5hrs
About the time the Phoenix Lights were making news, we witnessed the very same over Lake Ontario.

March 12,1997, 9pm(date and time approximate)My son called me outside to see something strange. We lived in South Marysburg, near the community of Black River, in Prince Edward County, Ontario(Canada) on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Our home overlooked Prince Edward Bay to the south and the spectacle witnessed appeared in the eastern sky above Waupoos Island and beyond over Lake Ontario.

Orange/gold lights, brighter and much larger than the brightest, largest object in the sky at the time seemed to priodically wink in and out, each lasting at least five minutes, varying from 9 to 12 at a time. They seemed toform discernable geometric patterns appearing simultaneously as triangles, diamonds, crosses and other shapes. When a shape would emerge they would hold very still for great lengths of time, not moving but seeming to fade in and out to form new patterns. There was absolutely no movement, no sounds, no smoke and through binoculars no method of suspension or delivery as detected. After about 20 minutes, with my entire family outside watching all this we decided to go next door and alert the neighbors, an elderly couple. From the waterfront vantage point of their deck we all watched in amazement for a good houe trying to make sense of it all.

With all the attention poised towards the east, we hadn't noticed until I glanced south towards the bay that an object was clearly hovering close to the surface of the water about halfway across the bay, aprox. 3/4 kilometre. It was too dark and the glare of its lights too bright to make out any shape but it appeared as a red and white flashing light group like the grouping of lights on top of a police car. It remained there until the orange/gold lights stopped appearing and then it simply vanished. The whole event lasted about two and a half hours and when it was over I got into my car and drove to the opposite side of the bay exactly where a police cruiser would have to be parked to provide the red and white flashing lights. There was no indication of a vehicle disturbing the vegetation any where in the area. I returned the next morning and still found nothing. We waited for the news to appear about the sighting by other witnesses but never heard a thing about it until much later when we heard about the phoenix lights which apparently happened about the same time as the ones we witnessed.

I mentioned it to a senior member of the local Ontario Provincial Police and he said no cruiser was out there that night and no reports were made about the event. However someone did confide to me that they had witnessed the very same thing twenty years earlier off the south coast of our county.


((NUFOR Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))