|Occurred : 10/29/2005 21:00 (Entered as : 10/29/05 21:00)
Reported: 11/5/2005 3:48:31 PM 15:48
Location: , OH
|four bright harizontal lights
On a recent trip to southern Ohio from Cleveland, my daughter TJ, (26) and myself (50) were three quarters the way through a normally 4.5 hour trip. We turned off Interstate 71 about 15 miles south of Columbus on State Rt. 62 at the Harrisburg/ Orient exit. We were seven miles south of I-71. The terrain is flat for the most part.
Upon approaching a rise in the road, (much like an overpass), the road curves to the left. As we were approaching the rise there was a bank of four white lights came on above the rise. They were straight ahead and beyond the rise/curve maybe 500-1000 feet past. They were 300-400 feet high. They were street light sized and intensity and spaced 4-5 feet apart in a stationary horizontal line. I know the height because I routinely climb a 200 foot tower for work. At first I thought they were maybe a cell phone tower. I did not see a strobe or beacon.
My daughter was awake and saw the same thing. We didn’t say anything about it at the time. The time was approx. 2100 on Friday the 28th of October.
We were chatting normally for the next few miles maybe 5-7 and the we saw exactly the same thing on the opposite side of the road. This time we both looked at each other in amazement. She asked what the heck was that and she indicated she had seen it back at the curve. I replied that it was probably an aircraft or cell phone tower. We kept talking about it and then we wondered if maybe we had seen a UFO.
The lights did exactly the same thing each time. All four came on for about five seconds and then went out one at a time from left to right at one second intervals. Each time it looked like we were passing the object because the viewed angle changed as we moved forward. Speed was approx. 60mph. The object stayed motionless. No sound. No shadows. No illumination of the surrounding structure.
The night was very clear. Moon was maybe a crescent. Air was cool, about 35 deg F. We were well into the country. Not much ambient light.
We continued talking about it the rest of the trip. We arrived at out destination at the expected time, about an hour later. We had not been on this route since May but had been this way many times before. We decided not to worry about it but to look closely on the return trip, which was two days later. It would be daylight on the return trip. Thirty-six hours later we were on our way back home. We had decided to watch closely once we were north of Washington Courthouse. We would then know if there were indeed cell phone towers in the area. There were NO cell phone towers anywhere in the vicinity of Rt. 62 north of Washington Courthouse and all the way past the overpass where we first noticed the lights.
We were just curious if this type light pattern had ever been reported and if there were some reasonable explanation.