Update on New Jersey UFOs
Source: Filer's Files #30; July 22, 2001 http://www.filersfiles.com
Some people claimed to have seen 30 white lights; some claim they were
only able to view a dozen lights. Those in darker locations described
the lights as white, others called them amber or gold. About ten
lights stayed lit continuously and at least a half dozen other brightened
and dimmed in unison. The witnesses claimed the lights stayed in the same
relative position as they moved slowly across the sky towards the southeast.
Some people claimed the lights appeared to fall or climb just before going
out. I have made an initial examination of the videotape taken off
the news channel. There appears to be a smaller structured object
in the lower right hand part of the screen. This object appears
to have two smaller lights and may be the source of all the lights perhaps
using holographic projections. In-depth analysis of the videotape
is needed. The sound bite from the video was also interesting in
that you could hear a woman's voice say, "Isn't it amazing!"
This lends credibility to the video, since it doesn't sound like their
acting. In recent days many of the witnesses were whisked off in
limousines to appear on the various news shows. Some were paid for
their videos and photos making it difficult for our research until things
Peter Davenport appeared on MSNBC and discussed the sighting. I
thought it was significant that the host commented that the station gets
numerous UFO reports everyday, and they could spend all their time covering
UFO reports, but this one was special. "Eyewitness Joe Malvasio
said, "It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. They
were just hovering, and then they just disappeared. One at a time,
each one started to fade until they were gone." According to
investigator Bob Durant the wind was measured at 2351 hours from 340 degrees
at 10 mph, and at 0051 hours on July 15, from 310 degrees at 10 mph with
clear sky. The winds indicate the lights may have been drifting with the
wind to the southeast. The descriptions and video are similar to
the Phoenix Lights, where a similar V formation appeared in March of 1997.
Another similar sighting was reported over Rockford, Illinois on March
18, 2001. The formation also matches reports of unexplained lights
in the sky from all across the United States, as well as England and Europe.
According to ABC news, Colm Kelleher of the National Institute of Discovery
Science (NIDS) says that from what he's heard, this one sounds like the
Jersey Lights were a set of military flares. The NIDS claims their
witnesses saw pieces of burning debris coming off the lights, and another
said he saw a puff of smoke when one of the lights went out through his
night vision binoculars, although he did not see a parachute. Unless
these two witnesses are lying (one is a cop, the other in "special
forces"), it sounds like something man-made."
Additionally he documented his sighting immediately after it occurred and before any news media coverage. He specifically tried to analyze what he was viewing. We were both interviewed on ABC Channel 12 by Cynthia Scott. His son Greg Chubenko was driving in Carteret, when he spotted the UFO and phoned his father who was in bed. Father Chubenko got dressed and went outside to observe and immediately spotted 15 or more lights flying over the Rectory. Father Chubenko indicated, that an apparent craft flew overhead, although he did not see a structure only lights. He watched the lights very closely for more than 5 to 10 minutes. The lights were completely synchronized and brightened and dimmed in unison. There was emission from the light like a candle droppings, as the lights would descend before shutting off. Almost all witnesses claim these were not flares, candles in bags etc. The lights were similar to glowing stars, but not shining in any particular direction.
I asked specifically if he thought these were flares? He said, these were not flares he was sure of that. The lights did go out periodically. He felt that many lights moved in unison that they appeared to be attached to some kind of an object probably a craft, although he did not personally see a craft. The lights moved in unison and they brightened and dimmed in unison as if they were attached to the same craft. The newspaper claimed that the lights might be bags of garbage on fire. He laughed since fuel storage tanks cover this area and burning objects could easily cause a fire. The lights periodically stopped working and shut down as if one was turning off a light. Some may have fell 400 to 500 feet like they were shutting down. It did not appear as a burning light, a flame, a fire, or a flare. They were more like a star or planet. This is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Since there have been no fires associated with the UFO sighting the police are not investigating the possibility of arson or pyrotechnic devices.
I also interviewed Middlesex County Sheriff's officer Andrew Halkovich.
He had not actually seen the craft, but was on his porch with his dog
at the time the UFO flew over. His dog suddenly jumped up and started
barking, jumping, and running around on his two back feet. He had
never seen his dog do anything similar to this and was quite surprised
and concerned. He had trouble trying to keep the dog quiet and calming
it down. He did not think to look into the sky at the time.
They live near the Newark Airport and his dog is quite familiar with aircraft
flying overhead. He felt it was very significant that his dog felt
or heard the UFO. No one has reported that the object made any noise.
Another, MUFON investigator has been able to interview Lt. Daniel Tarrant of the Carteret Police Department who claims, "I saw 16 golden-orange colored lights, several in a V-type formation, others were scattered around the V." Lt. Tarrant felt it was some kind of falling space debris. At least 15 people contacted the Carteret Police Department. NOTAMS: The Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS) or warnings are much earlier in the day and fifty miles to the south. This area around Carteret is also devoid of low level Military Training Routes or restricted flight areas. The investigation will continue.