UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
January 1st 2008 : Wheatley Hills, Doncaster, England
Wheatley Hills, Doncaster U.K. A Flying Formation Of Glowing Balls Of Light
Date: January 1, 2008
Time: Approx: 12:30 a.m.
I too witnessed this event, and so did 7 others. 1st Jan approx 12:30am, location Wheatley Hills, Doncaster, we’re about a mile or so away from Armthorpe. We’d just let off a load of fireworks to celebrate the New Year then one of the guys says “whoah what the hell is that!”, I looked up to see 3 glowing balls, a friends comments “is it just me or are they flying in formation?”, sure enough they were. They were spaced as points of an equilateral triangle, goosebumps followed ! I dived inside to get my camera, never where it should be. I failed to find the bloody thing and raced back outside to watch, the formation remained and they disappeared into the distance. What made it particularly exciting was the local police helicopter swooped in and panned around before leaving the area. The lights kept traveling and faded into the distance, altitude wasn’t extreme and they seemed to hold height.
Just as they disappeared from view another 2 came overhead, seemed to be following a similar trajectory at similar height, finally a single ball of light “fly's” overhead and disappeared, this one appeared to be twinkling. By this time I’ve found a pair of binoculars and whilst the bins aren’t so great they did pick up what I can only describe as a ball of fire.
Now I ain’t no skeptic and like I said the Goosebumps were up and my heart was pounding! However a couple of points to note, the objects were definitely following the prevailing wind, it was New Years Eve so fireworks were going off all over the place. If I had to give an explanation, parachute signal flares that were approaching their almost spent stage, the only issue I have with my synopsis is that they definitely seemed to hold their altitude. I’ve never seen flares go off at firsthand so can’t definitively say they were, but they most definitely followed the wind direction. They approached our location from the direction of the town centre. Maybe someone had got hold of military flares and let them off for fun? Maybe the formation flying was pure coincidence??
Having gone from an irrational oh my god , to a more rational, which way is the wind blowing , are they losing height, etc, I was very disappointed to come up with a tangible explanation. The only thing that is bugging me is; if they were parachute flares would I not have seen an additional halo of light above the ball as a reflection or even been able to make out the shape of the parachute? Your other witness report states “It kept moving from side to side a little” maybe swinging under the chute ?
Also the “lights” passed more or less directly overhead, and I’d had very little to drink, I’m wishing I’d had a few more beers so I could have been a little less rational !!
I’d be happy to clash my notes of the experience with your other witness, feel free to post my witness report but keep it anonymous please.
I’d scoured the web over the last couple of weeks to see if anyone else in the area had witnessed these lights so I’m pleased to have found a reference on your site.
If I can offer any other help feel free to email me back.
Thank you to the witness for an excellent report.
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