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Mysterious lights above Utah County have people guessing

By Anne Forester | Posted - Jan. 28, 2012 at 6:37 p.m.


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PROVO -- An out-of-place light in the sky Friday night captured Anthony Piceno's attention.

He watched the light for minutes, drifting, as he described it, to the south and then to the east.

Several experts have made guesses about what the drifting light could have been, including Lynn Hadfield, president of Utah Valley Aeormodelers. He said he believed it was an RC plane with lights, and that a number of flyers from Pleasant Grove spend time in Art Dye Park in American Fork flying planes at night.

"There have been a number of people who spot these around and wonder if they were UFOs," Hadfield said.

Another theory is that the light was that of a para-glider taking a nighttime joyride.

"If it was a para-glider flying over American Fork then it wouldn't be the first time a para-glider flew at night with lights on," Hadfield said.

Chris Santacroce with Superfly Paragliding says if it was a para-glider, it was against the law.

"We can't fly a half hour before sunset or half hour after sunset, we are strictly forbidden," Santacroce said.

No official explanation about the origin or purpose of the lights has been released.

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