Keller’s husband, who didn’t want his name used in the paper, gave his wife a picture from his cellphone that shows two clusters of three red lights moving slowly over their home near the Best Western at 1419 W. Main St.
Curious about what the lights might be, she sent his image to The Columbian. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with any UFO talk, she added.
A Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency dispatch operator said his agency had no reports of any strange activity throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, also said he didn’t get any calls about them.
And neither did Peter Davenport, director of the UFO Reporting Center in Eastern Washington.
Even folks at the Battle Ground Best Western, who are awake at that time of night, didn’t hear or see anything unusual, said manager Kenda Pollard.
Jim Todd, planetarium manager at OMSI, said he isn’t sure what the lights might be.
“Strange, not sure what to make of these,” he said in an email to The Columbian. “The red objects are such formation, size and uniform brightness. Do not think these are necessarily sky lanterns.”
Red dots are very visible, rest of picture kinda grainy picture quality. Hoax? Nobody else saw or heard anything. Just this one guy?! Something is very off here. I tried looking at UFO phone apps but did not find anything similar. I didn’t look that hard. Really, strange lights in the sky is cool but when you have ABSOLUTELY NO corroborating evidence, this is worthless.
UPDATE: Yes indeed. As stated by our commentator Chris, this is from the Camera Hoax app. It’s past time that newspapers should be printing any of these photos. Lame.
Here is a sample that shows this app indeed does this.
UPDATE2: Now they say it’s not. Uh…
After a few days of wild speculation, a group has come forward to explain the strange red lights seen over Battle Ground on Monday night — and no, it wasn’t a hoax.
The lights were almost certainly part of an Army training exercise by the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said Tracy Bailey, a spokeswoman for the regiment.
Although the lights were real, Tigran Nikoghosyan, creator of the Camera Hoax iPhone app, said his product can also create an illusion that is very similar and could very well have been used in a hoax. His application can make blue, red and white lights in the same pattern.
OK, stop it. This is stupid. I think it’s a hoax and maybe coincidentally there was some other military activity but this photo is fakety fake and I’m not buying this.
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