Ontario, INDEPENDENT, 29 June 1993, pages
seek answers to strange lights
Several local people witness unidentified
flying objects during past month
sightings of strange orange objects hovering over Lake Ontario
during the past four weeks have been confirmed by separate
witnesses at first thought it was a plane or a flare from
nearby CFB Trenton search and rescue exercises.
the vividness, length, and circumstances of the sightings
left them with an eery curiosity begging for another explanation
to what they saw.
each case separate witnesses saw a bright orange object
- commonly described as a light bulb in the sky - hovering
near or on the lake with other bright objects moving at
high speeds towards or together with it.
reported no sounds of planes or helicopters, and sightings
ranged from 15 to 25 minutes.
Topham, a World War II air force veteran and former engineer,
and his wife Eileen were driving on Hwy. 2 shortly after
dusk from Cobourg, June 15, when they noticed a bright orange
light moving east parallel with them. They followed as the
light reappeared after passing through Colborne.
it was following us or we were following it," said
then turned down Union Road.
the light straight ahead of him, Bill and Eileen stopped
the car and heard no sound, no planes, no helicopter. Being
so close, they noticed a satellite object, a smaller orange
light next to the hovering main object. They turned east
on Lakeshore Road. This time, they were very close and could
see two smaller lights adjacent to the main object. They
followed the lights - in all for about 15 minutes - into
Presqu'île before the lights disappeared.
saw it and I'd like to know what it is." he said.
Trenton has confirmed that search and rescue teams were
out on June 15, and June 23.
June 23 at about 11:30 pm, separate and unaware of Topham's
sighting, Mary Shannon looked east out of her Main Street
window. In the sky about 15 degrees above the horizon and
over land, she saw a bright orange object hovering. Again,
the object was a definite bright orange. For about 15-20
minutes, Shannon watched as about 10 smaller bright objects
moved internittently from the western sky toward the main
orange object. The smaller lights would disappear into the
main light as they collided.
the lights stopped coming, the main object faded into oblivion.
Pete Peterson, of CFB Trenton, said a vapour trail seen
by Topham would be consistent with a search and rescue flare,
some of which are as strong as 1 million candle power. Flares
are dropped from planes and helicopters mostly over the
lake and last about six minutes. Attached to a large parachute,
he said, they may hover and are prone to winds. Although
mostly white, fog, pollution, and perspective may give flares
an orangy color, he said. The lake, he said, was one of
the busiest with search and rescue operations from CFB and
the U.S. Coast Guard.
the night the Tophams saw an object, winds were calm and
skies were clear. A call he made to a CFB operations manager
confirmed that two planes had been out that night, but no
helicopters and no flares.
similar sighting by three people back in early May, had
the characteristics of the same orange lights.
Morgan was at home on Hwy. 2 west of Colborne, when something
caught her eye from the window overlooking the lake.
looked away to the T.V., then out again but it was gone.
A minute later, a bright orange object reappeared. Walter
Leigh, who was also in the home, grabbed a pair of binoculars.
definitely something out there," he said.
Walter and his wife watched the object hover while giving
off a steady light for about 15 to 20 minutes. Out of the
eastern sky, a smaller object moved with incredible speed
and stopped just beside the main orange light. They hovered
together for about 3 minutes, before the satellite object
shot off in the same direction from which it came.
main light "disappeared as if someone had turned off
a switch," said Janice.
Barker, a UFO researcher at the Manitoba Museum of Man and
Nature, said that the sightings aren't unusual.
been inundated with sightings in the past two months,"
he said from his office.