|Occurred : 3/10/2008 21:15 (Entered as : 03/10/08 21:15)
Reported: 3/15/2008 5:58:36 PM 17:58
Location: Little Rock/Maumell, AR
|Horizontal row of lights seen from a bridge over the Arkansas river, which changed configuration to a vertical column and disappeared
I was driving on I-430 northbound across the bridge over the Arkansas river when I noticed a horizontal group of lights several hundred, perhaps as much as two thousand, feet in the sky above some trees on the right side (relative to the freeway I was driving on) of the northern coast. All the lights were the same color, a bright white with a tinge of yellow. They were four or five circular-shaped lights very close together so they almost appeared as one bar of light. None of the lights blinked or changed color. I was watching it for a little less than a minute when suddenly all the lights disappeared and a new set appeared in a vertical formation, bisecting the horizontal set of lights if they had remained visible. The change occurred while I was watching and there was no smooth transition: the horizontal lights simply disappeared as the vertical lights appeared. The vertical lights were the same color, intensity, and spacing as the horizontal lights, with each light just far enough apart from the next that they did not appear to be a solid bar of light like a fluorescent or neon tube. Shortly after the vertical lights appeared, within a second or two, the top light quickly became much brighter. A few seconds later, the vertical lights disappeared leaving only blackness. The vertical lights were only visible for about five seconds before disappearing.
The entire time the lights were visible, just over a minute, they were completely stationary. Had the lights been on at the same time, they would have resembled a cross (+). There's no way the lights could have been attached to a radio tower or any other antenna. I've made the same commute from Little Rock to Jacksonville almost every night for several years and am very familiar with all stationary land beacons. Partially due to my familiarity with the drive and the fact that the bridge across the river is completely straight, I could devote a lot of attention to the lights. It was too dark to make out a shape of whatever the lights were attached to. Unfortunately, the night was too black and the lights too bright for me to make out any kind of shape the lights may have been attached to. I never heard any sounds from the lights as I was driving on the freeway around 65 Mph in a cheap, poorly sealed car. Because of this, it was impossible for me to conclude if the lights made any sound at all.
Note that for number of craft seen, I've selected 1-10: as few as one if the lights were all connected to one craft, and as many as 10 if each light was attached to its own craft. I remain unsure of if there were four or five lights comprising the horizontal row and vertical column as I could barely make out the shape of each light. However, I'm positive one of the numbers is correct.