Like always the government came up with a simple explanation:
“The 104th fighter squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th wing was conducting a night training exercise in the vicinity of the mysterious lights. What they were doing was dropping night illumination flares over the north tactical range at Luke Air Force and a lot of people seem to think that those flares could in fact have been the quote, unquote, mysterious lights.''
“I've been flying for 29 years now, and I’m not used to looking up in the sky and not being able to figure out what I’m seeing. I looked at it then and tried to make it into an airliner. I realized again, it's going too slow, and… there's no noise at all. And then the next thing that struck me is that, man, why would his landing lights be pointed straight down?”
Given the locations of the sightings, the lights appeared to be heading south. At 8:30 PM, Ozma Linderman and her boyfriend were just settling down for the evening when they had their own encounter. At 8:45 PM, 15 minutes before the military began dropping flares, trucker Gary Morris spotted the lights while driving. In between 8 and 9 pm the phoenix lights had traveled over 300 miles and were spotted by hundreds.
|This is what an Air Force flare look like|