|Occurred : 8/4/1994 23:00 (Entered as : 8/4/1994 23:00)
Reported: 2/17/2009 9:57:38 PM 21:57
Location: Sedona, AZ
|Fire fight in the sky.
On August 4th, 1994 around 10:30PM my husband and I were star gazing from the open upper deck of our home in Sedona, AZ. It was close to a new moon so the sky was dark and we had a clear view of the evening sky.
We were facing in the direction of Cathedral Rock which would have been northwest of our home. I first noticed what seemed to be a very bright star just to the west of Cathedral Rock and pointed it out to my husband. Within minutes after we noticed a white laser type beam came in from the east and hit this object which I thought was a star. We could see the object flare at first and then about 20 seconds later it exploded causing a firework type of effect - sparks floating down. There was no sound and we just sat there shocked at what we had just seen. About an hour later we received a phone call from friends in West Sedona telling us that there was a fire going in Secret Canyon (west of 89-A), but they didn’t know much about it. We told them of what we had seen just a hour before and we all wondered if it might be connected.
By morning the fire in Secret Canyon was quite bad, but because it is a very remote canyon the Forest Service decided to just watch the fire rather then try to fight it with water planes. We went into town to a local coffee house and meet a few other people talking about the fire and the night before. One couple stated that about an hour before the fire was reported they saw a small flaming object fall into Secret Canyon and they thought that was the cause of the fire. That would have been right about the time that we witnessed the explosion in the sky.
The people of Sedona watched this fire burn for ten days, many sitting for hours at night on Air Port Mesa looking out over Secret Canyon. When the fire finally began to reach the area of resorts in Oak Creek Canyon the Forest Service decided to fight the fire.
In itself this story doesn’t sound like much in the way of a UFO report, but at that time in Sedona many locals were aware of something strange in Secret Canyon, and another area, because many hikers into that area had been turned away by military type men in black uniforms with M-16s to back them up. There had even been two off duty police officers hiking there that had been turned back and told to not return.
After the fire was put out the whole canyon area was closed off for about 3 months and many trucks were seen going into that area. Many of the locals at that time felt that there might have been some type of aerial fight between two “UFOs” and the one shot down fell into Secret Canyon. Many of the locals were talking about it and many tourist over heard and asked questions - and then a few days later some of the locals working in the shops had visits by men dressed as tourist in dark sunglasses. I was one of those locals, a man entering the shop and came “nose to nose’ with me and said, “I hear that you know a lot about UFOs, tell me about them”. I knew exactly what that was all about and said nothing and the man left. There were enough locals afraid after that to just remain quiet. One local rancher had already had much trouble from different government agencies because of UFO reports he had made and so it put the locals on pins and needles.
There is a LOT that has, and still does, go on in this area revolving around UFOs and alien life forms - people just don’t talk openly about it anymore
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))