|Occurred : 3/6/2016 18:50 (Entered as : 03/06/16 1850)
Reported: 3/24/2016 8:37:20 PM 20:37
Location: Merritt Island, FL
|March 6, 2016. I was driving with my wife, stepdaughter, and two grandchildren at about 1850 hours, when we notice a line of lights moving North East to South West.
I pulled over into Veterans Park behind the Merritt Square Mall on Merritt Island to take a look at the lights. I got out of the car and I thought I heard helicopters off in the distance. Patrick AFB is South of our location so I thought that it was something going on at the base.
I got back in the car and turned around and stopped and opened my wife’s window to let her hear what I thought where helicopters. She said that she couldn’t hear anything. I got out of the car to listen and look at the lights and I could not hear any noise.
We looked again and saw a lot more of the light moving in the same line, North East to South West. I got out of the car and looked and listened and could not hear anything. I got my phone and used the camera and started taking a movie of the lights. We would watch a group of 10 to 15 lights go by when another line of lights would appear. It looked like the lights would disappear when they got on passed us in the same place. This lasted around 20 minutes. Finally the lights stopped and we went on our way.
It looked like they were coming from Cape Canaveral which was north of us and I estimated the lights where about 1000 to 2000 feet high. Patrick AFB does not have that many aircraft assigned to the base so I don’t believe they came from the base. Most of the time when I am out at the base I might see a couple of helicopters and two to three C-130s.
I don’t know what the lights where. Thought they might be lanterns but they seemed to high to have come from the city of Cape Canaveral. I really don’t know what they were.