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The Phoenix Lights, 17 years later

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Amateur video of the Phoenix Lights. Amateur video of the Phoenix Lights.
Kevin and Sue Watson had a front row seat for the sighting. Kevin and Sue Watson had a front row seat for the sighting.
The Watson's drew this picture of what they saw 17 years-ago in the skies of Phoenix. The Watson's drew this picture of what they saw 17 years-ago in the skies of Phoenix.
Dr. Kitei has interviewed hundreds of witnesses. Dr. Kitei has interviewed hundreds of witnesses.
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

It was 17 years-ago tonight that thousands of people reported strange lights in the sky.

A sighting that many called, "The Phoenix Lights".

An anonymous source once claimed he was behind the sightings when he released helium balloons tied to flares that night.

Months later, the U.S. Air Force said the lights were from A-10 aircraft dropping flares over the Goldwater range.
    
One Phoenix family does not believe those theories; they had a ringside seat to an event they will never forget.

"She came in the house and said mom you have to come out and see what's over Camelback Mountain," said Sue Watson.

On March 13th, 1997, Sue Watson joined her two daughters, and two sons in the front yard of their Phoenix home just south of Camelback Mountain.

"We came right in the front yard and we saw this huge aircraft coming over, it probably covered half the mountain," said Watson.

"The kids I go this is beautiful I mean we are going to know later what this is big, when you cover that much of Camelback Mountain, that's big," she said.

Sue and her children drew a picture after watching the craft float silently over their home.

"I saw the big one," she said.

According the Sue, this was not military flares or balloons.

"Oh no, no, no, we literally up in the sky, it was almost like... the boys were waving, the structure was beautiful it was like a mall, like a huge mall flying over your house" she said.

"There were actually eight or nine different craft that people saw," said Dr. Lynne Kitei a Phoenix Lights researcher.

Doctor Lynne Kitei, a Phoenix physician, waited seven years to reveal what she saw that night.

"I have no idea what they were but I know that they were," she said.

Soon Kitei was sharing what she learned after interviewing hundreds of witnesses.

"It wasn't one or two events there were many events over many, many hours," said Kitei.

The Phoenix Lights became famous world over in 2010 when they were the subject of a National Geographic documentary

Eyewitnesses across Arizona reported lights from unidentified aircraft moving south along a 300 mile stretch from Nevada to Tucson.

"At the time in 1997, the vast majority of the media and throughout the world would snicker and laugh, I'm sure that's not happening anymore," she said.

Kitei has since wrote a book about what happened that night. She also produced a documentary that is shown every year about this time at a Harkins Theater in Scottsdale.

"I felt it was too compelling and too important not to share, and let people decide for themselves, the data speaks for itself," said Kitei.

"What I remember is it right above Camelback," said Kevin Watson.

Kevin was with his mother, brothers, and sisters that night too.

"It was huge, it was silent, it was very stealthy," said Kevin.

Both Kevin and Sue agree, it was not flares or balloons.

"When we looked at it there were no stars in the shape," he said.

"You know what. We saw what we saw. We did not see ten thousand balloons connected, we saw a structure with an actual structure lit up underneath, illuminated like yellowish, and you know what you see when you see it, don't tell me what I saw," she said.

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