June 1999

North Hemel Hempstead, UK

Date: June 1999

I stood outside smoking, close to some hedging and looking up when I saw a number of bright flashes, like a strobe light. It was over a distance of 2 feet at arms length and they went from intense and then fading to nothing in a second or two. The sky was clear and it was so obviously not an aircraft, but possibly space debris burning up etc. I called my son and we saw nothing else, but some 15 minutes later I went back out and I was observing what was probably an aircraft going behind our house. As it emerged from the other side I was aware of a flashing from above me to below the level of sight (all in a second or two) I have no doubt it was the same quick flashing object I had just seen and I have absolutely no idea what it was. What I can say is, I've witnessed many meteorites, shooting stars, satellites in over 30 years and I'm 100% sure this was neither.

Additional Information:

We live in North Hemel Hempstead and Luton airport is some 10 miles north/east of us. Can I just explain, we have a lot of aircraft directly over head, some extremely low. We also have a good view of London's Heathrow 'stacking' South of Hemel Hempstead. At night time I've counted up to 8 in the 'stacking' area at any one time, believe me. What with being reared in a village south/east of Oxford where we had unique grandstand views of RAF and USAF aircraft. We were 2 miles from RAF base and overlooked 2 USAF bases and seeing amongst others B4, B52, and for a while the B36.!! We DEFINITELY know all the angles on aircraft, day and night. Hope I've been helpful. Before I close I'll mention that we have both observed a satellite flashing red every few seconds, (we've seen many satellites over the years) and also an object crossing the sky which fluctuated from an increasingly brightness and then decreasing to nothing and starting the process again farther down the sky. I've always thought it was space debris slowly spinning and reflecting, but who knows??

Thank you to the witness for this report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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