Published: 2:04 AM 4/18/2012
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - 04-17-12
I was sitting on the boardwalk in the center of Myrtle Beach, looking at the ocean at dusk. The first couple of stars in the sky were barely visible. Planes and boats were still plainly visible.
All of a sudden, a relatively large golden/orange ball appeared and glowed brightly for approx. 1-2 seconds, then faded quickly. A 2nd one appeared and faded in the exact same fashion right beside the first. A third and then 4th appeared/faded in the exact same fashion.
All appeared in an exactly straight line. Then a fifth appeared, glowed and faded directly below the line of the other 4. All appeared and faded sequentially. When the first faded, the second appeared 1-2 seconds later. When the 2nd faded the 3rd appeared and so on.
The entire incident lasted approx. 10-15 seconds.
As I explained planes and other objects were still plainly visible as it was dusk. There were not other objects associated with these lights.
Although it was fairly clear with no cloud reference, they appeared to be a few miles away and quite large.
The lights were significantly larger and significantly brighter than the planes arriving and departing the airport a few miles to the south.
The glow was similar to a firey color/fashion - what I imagine a fighter jet engine flare would look like if you were looking directly into its tail.
As if a jet went full throttle and then quickly throttled back; only much larger. It almost appeared to burn and disappear like a flare, only each light was perfectly stationary.
When it was over I looked around to see if anyone else had seen it and there was only an Asian couple - like any ignorant American, I naturally assumed wouldn't speak English and didn't talk to them. I asked several couples that walked by if they'd seen it but no one else seemed to have been looking. I kept watching the sky for 15 minutes, but saw nothing else.
Either way, I feel very lucky to have witnessed something so spectacular.