Last night, many residents of St. Thomas spotted five red lights seemingly flying in formation heading North East. While some people say that flashing red lights could be seen, others are suggesting that they lights were actually pulsing rather than flashing. Either way, five aircraft flying in formation at night is an unusual enough event that people are asking what is going on.
With a little big of Google research it turns out that St. Thomas is not a stranger to flying lights. According to http://www.pararesearchers.org/ there have been three recorded strange occurrences in the last eleven years.
In 2000, a retired husband and wife spotted two rotating objects traveling into the wind with flashing every few seconds. This was during the day.
In 2003, a similar red light as seen last night was spotted. It appeared to be making sharp turns before it shot up into the night.
In 2009, a long white cylinder was spotted on July 4th. Because it was daylight the object was clearly seen traveling Northward.
These three reports are all from the http://www.pararesearchers.org/ although there are many other UFO reporting websites such as http://www.ufoinfo.com and http://www.latest-ufo-sightings.net/. In 2007, the Ottawa Citizen even suggested that Ontario had become the new hotspot for UFO sightings (http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=b1674727-baea-4f2f-8c47-103388e9e637&k=58215).
One of our own readers, Jim McHarg, filmed last nights nighttime maneuvers. The video can be viewed here (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150278901482052&comments).
What many people saw last night is unclear. It may have been the air force flying in formation back to a base, it may have been five weather balloons that just coincidentally were drifting in formation. I think we can take swamp gas out of the mix. Was it a close encounter of the first kind? We may never know but it certainly has fired the imagination of the St. Thomas residents who viewed last nights light show.