October 1993

San Francisco, California Intense Blue-White Rectangular Stationary Lights

Date: October 1993
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1 (8?)
Shape of objects: Rectangular Lights.

Full Description of event/sighting: This sighting occurred in San Francisco, California in October of 1993. Please see the attached drawing for reference.

My wife, a friend and I were driving into the city of San Francisco at about 7:30 pm or 8:00 pm. My friend was driving, I was sitting in the front passenger seat and my wife was sitting behind me in the back seat. We were coming from the East Bay (Oakland) across the Bay Bridge. We were just coming from Treasure Island onto the span of the Bay Bridge that actually enters into San Francisco and our car was in the extreme right lane, nearest to the side of the bridge. That span rises from Treasure Island until you get to a point where you can see the city's downtown area and the area all the way to the tip of the peninsula. At that time it was almost completely dark, with a very, very deep blue sky. We were heading West and the sun had already set. The downtown buildings were all lit up and were a very pretty sight.

The area between the place where the tallest downtown buildings end and the hill with Coit Tower atop it begins does not have any tall buildings. (at least not in 1993). There is a hill in the background in this area that during daylight hours you can see extending all the way WNW, and that hill is covered with houses except for the very top part which is a park, I believe (but I'm not sure). Atop the hill is a very tall communications tower but it is far enough back from the Bay Bridge that it looks rather small.

As we came to the part of the bridge where we could see the downtown and peninsula, I immediately noticed something which I had never seen before (or since) in San Francisco: a 3x3 array of intense blue-white rectangular stationary lights which were difficult to look at because of their brilliance. However, the top left most light was "missing" so that there were 8 lights in total.

As I looked at them, my first thought was that there must be a game on at the stadium. However, I quickly realized that there is no stadium in that location. Next, I thought that there must be night time construction going on downtown, but the lights seemed absolutely huge, much to large to be portable construction lights. Then I thought that I must be seeing an optical illusion with perhaps the lights on a barge closer to us. However, as we kept getting closer to downtown SF, the lights remained in exactly the same position relative to the buildings on the peninsula. As we finally drove into the city downtown, passing the first buildings, I noticed that I could still see the blue-white glow of the lights from behind the buildings, from the approximate height of the Transamerica Pyramid building all the way down to water's edge.

Now the interesting part. As I was trying to figure out what it was that I was seeing, I was completely silent, but after not being able to think of what the lights might be, I turned to look at my friend. She was looking at me with wide-open, frightened eyes. When we made eye contact, she immediately asked me: "Do you see it?" I replied "Yes, I do." She then asked me "What is it?!" at which point I replied I didn't have a clue. However, even though my friend and I saw the lights, my wife sitting in the back seat did not. The other odd thing is that I don't remember seeing the reflection of the lights in the waters of the Bay.

I know that not one car stopped on the bridge to look at the lights, so I don't know if anyone else saw what we saw. But someone else had to have seen the lights too.

A couple of months later (December), I had a terrifying and severely traumatizing abduction experience, which I think was related to the sighting in October in San Francisco but I won't go into that here. Perhaps of interest is that my friend has been an experiencer since an early age but my wife has not had the experiences. Sorry I don't know what it all means, not a clue.

If anyone else saw these lights or had a similar sighting, I would really like to hear from them.


Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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