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'Flare training' causes San Diego UFO scare

By T.K. Randall
August 31, 2018 · Comment icon 19 comments

The lights spooked witnesses for miles around. Image Credit: YouTube / Ryan Hase
Hundreds of people took to social media to report a set of strange lights hovering over the city on Wednesday.
The phenomenon, which first showed up at around 8 o'clock in the evening, appeared as a formation of bright orange-yellow lights which remained stationary in the sky for several minutes.

A second, smaller set of lights also appeared in the vicinity for a short time afterwards.

"They were hovering in place and they were extremely bright," local resident Uma Aggarwa told the San Diego Tribune. "It was the craziest thing."
Within minutes of the lights appearing, dozens of photographs and videos started to show up on social media as users attempted to figure out exactly what it was they were seeing.

The answer, it turns out, is that they were actually nothing more than flares. According to a Navy spokesman, a nearby aircraft squadron had been performing 'flare training' in the area that night.

Known as the 'Raiders', the squadron is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Dejarma 5 years ago
if you were close to the flares you would notice their decent....†the footage in question here was filmed at a great distance. you would not notice much change when looking at it from so far away= basic logic! Shame the bleeding obvious needs to be explained
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jimmy Crack Corn 5 years ago
Ahhhh. Have to see†it for myself and would like to know if there†is military responding to this sighting in any of these comments? † †
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jimmy Crack Corn 5 years ago
Love a good conspiracy. Any Military peeps on these comments?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Truth_Be_Damned 5 years ago
I thought it was swamp gas.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hello Davros Kitty 5 years ago
† Original for the purists. †
Comment icon #15 Posted by stereologist 5 years ago
Here is video in which a person says alien. Another person grabs food out of the refrigerator while wearing a tin foil hat. A pilot for the sheriff's department describes previous UFO investigations. Here is another video† in which people mistakenly think a plane flies by the lights. Love this quote Also this Checkout this vid... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Seti42 5 years ago
You'd think the military would announce such an exercise beforehand. Inform the local news at least. Unless they secretly get off on messing with the citizens...Which I wouldn't doubt.
Comment icon #17 Posted by stereologist 5 years ago
Why announce? The test was 30 miles away over the ocean. You can't control the way some loonies will react to something even if announced.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Alien Origins 5 years ago
It's called OPSEC (Operation Security)....Even though some in the public like to shout cover up etc....There are somethings that the public does not need to know as it could seriously undermine operations: even though those operations are just training missions...†
Comment icon #19 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
The only thing messing with some citizens are their own simple minds. The military do training exercises, they have done for years, when people see lights in the sky today the last thing citizens†should be thinking is aliens.† It is no secret there is a military. It is no secret they test new equipment and if that entails flying †what better way to do it the sky.

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