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What Were Strange Lights Spotted over Southwest Florida Coast?
UFO Depiction
Published: Sep 15, 2010 5:52 AM CDT

By Paul Gessler

Several residents reported seeing some strange yellow lights off Southwest Florida's coast Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, we've learned the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base out of Miami was performing flare training exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. According to USAF Senior Airman Katie Spencer, they were flying in a specific military-defined airspace. The exercises are required quarterly by the Air Force.

The U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified after-the-fact that the Air Force was conducting a "flare exercise" offshore. Spencer says they typically notify the Coast Guard of any exercises.

Rusty Parham, who witnessed the light show over Fort Myers Beach, says he believes there might be more to it than flare exercises.

"I don't understand why you'd be in that formation doing drills, and another thing I don't understand is why you'd be doing that off the coast, where everybody could see you in South Florida," he said. "Listen, I'm not nuts. I've lived here my whole life. I've never seen anything like this."

"When it came back in the circular motion, I was like, 'What could this be?'" Rusty's wife Jennifer Parham said.

Witnesses said the lights lasted for several minutes, until about 9:20 p.m.

"That was the first thing that came to mind--was it was a UFO," Lisa Hosterman of Columbus, Ohio said.

"We locked our balcony because I was afraid aliens were coming to get us," Tommy Contosta said.

Homestead Air Force Base officials are using Tuesday's flare-up to remind people of their scheduled air show November 6-7, with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels headlining.

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