|Occurred : 12/31/2013 22:00 (Entered as : 12/31/13 22:00)
Reported: 1/1/2014 10:28:09 AM 10:28
Location: Dayton, OH
|Formation of 12-15 orange-red lights moving silently over northeast Dayton, OH. Appeared below a ragged cloud deck.
We live in the northeast portion of Dayton, OH and on the evening of 31 Dec 13, I went to take out the trash at 10:00PM and noticed a line of lights moving fairly low over our neighborhood and my property. We had a broken cloud deck at between 1000-1500 feet and these lights were clearly visible so they were below the clouds. There was a ragged string of lights, 12-15 in total, bright orange-red, in a ragged line moving from S-SW to N-NW, TOTALLY SILENT when they went over our house, so I know they weren't powered aircraft or helicopters. Balloons? Hardly - they moved too fast.
The group of lights at the head of the line seemed to stop and some of the followers caught up and then the line began to fade out. The last lights in line were over our house and you could see that they were climbing up in altitude into the cloud deck. Total time was on the order of five minutes. I called my wife to come out and take a look; she saw them and went back into t! he house to get her camera, but she couldn't get any shots of them - just points of light to the camera optics. First time I've ever seen anything like this and I know what I didn't see - no airplane, no helicopter, no balloon. I’ve got several degrees, my first is a degree in aerospace engineering and I’m also a retired Air Force pilot, so I think I should be a credible witness.