Perfectly strange: Red lights seen in WA neighborhood (UPDATE: Camera Hoax app UPDATE2: Uh…)

Perfect red lights appear over houses. TOO perfect.

Picture shows strange lights over Battle Ground | The Columbian.

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.

Photo credit: Nicole Keller

Photo credit: Nicole Keller

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.

Look... SEE! Now stop the nonsense.

Look… SEE! Now stop the nonsense.

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  5 comments for “Perfectly strange: Red lights seen in WA neighborhood (UPDATE: Camera Hoax app UPDATE2: Uh…)

  1. March 27, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I am trying to figure out what Mrs. Keller’s husband was thinking: “I don’t want anything to do with any UFO talk, so I’ll give the picture to my wife to give to the paper. As long as they don’t mention my name.”

    Also wonder what Mrs. Keller was thinking: “I’ll give it to the newspaper, and tell them not to mention my husband’s name. It’ll be fine if they use my name. I’m sure nobody will look us up in the local phone book and find out who we are.”

    If I didn’t want to be involved, I:
    1. might not take the picture
    2. would not show anyone else the picture (perhaps not even my wife)
    3. would not give the picture to anyone else (not even my wife)
    4. would certainly not allow the picture to go to the newspaper.

  2. March 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    OK, why are we only getting cell phone PICTURES of strange phenomenon and not video? Most phones these days (even my dad’s flip phone) have the ability to easily capture video, but all we seem to get are grainy still frames.

  3. Chris Howard
    March 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Those are from an app called “Camera Hoax.”

    There are a lot of these apps on the market, these days.

    “Camera Hoax” is free (I have it on my iPhone) which explains why there are more still, smart phone pictures being produced.

    When someone comes up with a hoax app for video (if they haven’t already done so) this will get even more interesting.

  4. March 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Right…. and somebody please remind me which Army Ranger exercise makes trios of red lights hover above towns?

  5. spookyparadigm
    March 29, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Reminiscent of the idiotic DoD report on Roswell claiming the bodies were crash test dummies. Solving a problem that doesn’t need solving in a very literalist sense (instead of just noticing that pretty much everyone who talked about seeing bodies was later discredited. Some people did truthfully see and handle “wreckage,” but the sources for bodies don’t have quite as clean a record).

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