Some insist glowing lights are a UFO

The unidentified flying object was sighted Tuesday and Wednesday night over Otway.

POSTED: 6:45 PM Sep 20 2012   UPDATED: 11:25 PM Sep 20 2012
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Glowing lights in the sky have several viewers believing extraterrestrials could be hovering over Carteret County.

The unidentified flying object was sighted Tuesday and Wednesday night over Otway, which is near Beaufort in Carteret County. Witnesses describe the object as six orange glowing lights that rotate into a V-shape, then slowly disappear.

“It was six lights in a straight line (that were) above everything else,” Otway resident Jonathon Willis said.

Willis said his friends first spotted the object Tuesday.

“I didn't really believe it at first, but last night proved me wrong,” Willis said. “Something is out there."

According to base officials at MCAS Cherry Point, MAW squadrons participate in night flights that sometimes involve illumination exercises. The training includes slow moving flares that could appear to “hover” as they glide down, First Lt. Hector Alejandro wrote in an e-mail to Newschannel 12.

Alejandro said the training is performed on ranges, but could be seen from areas as far as Otway.  Despite the explanation, some residents still attribute the sightings to extraterrestrial life.

“I definitely think there's extraterrestrial life out there,” Otway resident Taylor Garner said. “I feel if aliens were coming to this planet and they did want to explore, then this would be a good place to do it.”

The six-light sighting described by witnesses is similar to a series of unidentified flying object sightings known as the “Phoenix lights,” which were sighted by thousands of people in Arizona in 1997.