LEHI -- Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a flurry of reports about mysterious lights in the night sky over Utah County -- to the delight of those who would like to believe we are being visited by spacecraft from another planet.
By John Hollenhorst
But the explanation for the latest wave of mystery lights will almost certainly turn out to be something less exciting, and more Earth-bound. In fact, the finger of suspicion points strongly toward model-airplane enthusiasts and people flying Chinese lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
There's been at least one sighting near Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City, but most of the reports have come in from northern Utah County.
"It was a steady, continuous, bright red light," said Orem resident Robert Campbell, who saw lights in the sky while driving one evening last week in Lehi.
"And then immediately below it, every few seconds," Campbell continued, "a brilliant white strobe light would appear and it would continue to blink as it lost altitude."