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Occurred : 3/2/2012 22:00 (Entered as : 03-02-12 22:00)
Reported: 5/10/2012 12:50:28 AM 00:50
Posted: 5/13/2012
Location: Tempe, AZ
Shape: Cylinder
Duration:15 seconds
Amber/Red-colored Chinese lanterns

Roughly around 10pm, I was driving west on I-60. Either just east or west of I-101, I looked out my driver's side window (which was closed at the time) and spotted 2 amber/red cylinders floating above the 15ft+ barrier wall that aligned outer edge of east-bound lanes. I opened my window to get a better look while I slowly began to pass them. They looked like small (~2 ft diameter) Chinese lanterns. Light emitted from an orb-like mass in the middle of each lantern; the outter cylinder-shaped body seemed to be lit by this orb. I could tell neither the orbs nor the lanterns were made-up of no ordinary light because they were radiant yet soft, dense hi-def but misty. Hard to explain.

They gently floated along and shifted positions (in relation to each other). Then I saw one lantern float into the other, merging into 1 cylinder (which maintained its size). I continued to keep my eye on them/it (and the road...) but eventually the rubbernecking reached an uncomfortable angle. I turned off at the next exit and flipped around, but they/it were/was gone. The reason why I'm not sure if they were amber or red is because I remember them being both of those colors (together, i.e. they matched) yet I have no recollection of noticing them change; one second they were amber and the next they were red, and I have no idea how they pulled off that fast one. They were pretty. Seemed to have an air of intelligence about them. Just got that kind of vibe.