|Occurred : 10/11/2013 20:00 (Entered as : 10/11/13 20:00)
Reported: 2/18/2014 8:24:26 AM 08:24
Location: Cincinnati, OH
|Glowing Orange Fireball / Lights Seen at Turpin HS Football Game.
This sighting occurred while at the Turpin High School vs Anderson High School football game at Turpin, Anderson Township / Cincinnati, Ohio. I was happy to discover that another group of eyewitnesses from the Cincinnati area submitted a video account of this occurrence on the NUFORC site.
At some time around 8PM, sitting in the stands at Turpin's football field, facing west, I noticed what appeared as one bright single orange light/ball of fire, that seemed to hang in the sky for a few minutes before breaking into two, then three glowing orange balls of light. People around me were witnessing it as well. A few kids were pointing and laughing say, "Ohhh, look at the UFOs."
I was amazed as these balls of light would slowly drop downward, and at first I wondered if they were some kind of night time military exercise, or maybe skydivers, or luminary sky lanterns.
The lights appeared to me to be nearby Lunken Airport (which is due west from Turpin, about 4 miles away), which led me to believe it was possibly a night time parachute jump with the parachutists wearing flares. But I ruled that out as these glowing balls of fire seemed to hang in the sky far too long to be parachutes. So I wondered if maybe they were hot air balloons, as they would float downward, but them rise back up in the sky. But I counted that out as the glowing lights would fade in and out of view--and this was on a perfectly clear night. They appeared to be maybe 2-3 miles in distance from us.
As I was about to conclude they were parachutists on a night jump, suddenly they moved upward at least a thousand feet and orbited around each other a bit, then appeared to be floating in a triangle shape, then appeared to go back into one ball of fire. Very strange. At one point when they first broke off from one ball of light to two, it appeared that two of them were linked by a long shaft of light...honestly it appeared to me by the color of it that they were connected by a rope of fire.
If you watch the video:
just after the two minute mark, a streak of light appearing much like a shooting star, shoots off to the right from these balls of light (watch from the lower part of your screen. I witnessed this as well.
I was pretty freaked out, and had pointed it out to a few of my family members after watching it for a good 3-5 minutes, saying, "Please tell me what we are looking at?" Finally they faded into darkness--just totally disappeared. Naturally, I would glance around the sky from time to time the rest of the night, wondering what we had just witnessed.
After they faded out of view, one lady nearby was quite unnerved and started exclaiming, "Did anyone just see that??" A lot of people did, but I thought it was odd that most everyone just glanced at it, then shrugged it off and kept watching the game, which by the way was boring and untypically quiet for a Friday night football game. The reason I bring this up, I was listening for aircraft engines, but it was very quiet.
This is where it gets weirder. By this time, it was half time, and naturally, I was glancing around in the night sky to see if there was going to be any more of this phenomena. I turned around and behind me, facing an easterly direction, appears a ball of light, in what I estimate to be 1,500 - 2,000 feet in the air. It's bright, moving slowly toward me, and so I'm wondering if my mind is playing tricks on me and if I'm just being paranoid. So I rationalized, surely it's a plane in a landing pattern heading towards CVG airport. However, it looked like an orange ball of light, not a landing light. Also, I was looking for the flashing wing tip lights as it appeared to be getting closer. Never saw them.
A man I had never seen before was standing directly behind me. I asked him, "Do you see what I'm seeing? Is that an aircraft, or what the heck is that light behind us?"
This guy NEVER looked back behind us to see what I was pointing at but instead looked me dead in the eye and said, "You're not supposed to see that." WHAT THE FREAK!! I said to him, "Do you even know what I'm talking about?" So he casually glanced back and said something like, "Yeah, have you ever heard of Area 51? You're not supposed to see this. Just pretend it never happened." Now, THAT was weird. VERY. WEIRD.
I grabbed my wife, who was busy chatting away with someone, wanting someone to tell me I wasn't crazy and said, "LOOK! Tell me what you see. Is that an airplane?"
Suddenly the orange ball of light which was slowly moving toward us seemed to break off into TWO BALLS of glowing orange light. It was as if the second ball of orange light came out from behind the first ball. But they were heading right towards us, at this point it seemed less than 1/2 mile away. I wondered if they were going to pass right over us hoping I could get a good look at what they were, but suddenly they faded out. It was as if a passing cloud blocked them out, but then they were gone.
Were they planes in a landing pattern line up, or was this the same lights we saw some 30 minutes before? The mystery guy? I never had seen him before, and I never saw him after I pointed it out to my wife. He may have simply been a dad of one of the students attending the game but his response was very strange. And where did he go? I think it was interesting to observe how most everyone just chose to ignore these strange lights as something they just didn't recognize and went about business as usual, watching the game. Only the two kids initially pointing, laughing and acting silly and scared about seeing UFOs, and then the one lady who was vocal about what she had witnessed, besides myself asking her what she thought they were. Everyone else just shrugged, and I think were afraid to admit they had just seen something they couldn't explain.
This morning while surfing the web, I came upon this site and looked up the date of the game, wondering if anyone had reported the sighting. I was glad to find a confirming video of it.