- The mystery of the orange lights in the sky above Prince
George about a week ago has been solved.
- "The lights turned out to be parachutists jumping
at night," said Brian Vike, a UFO expert from Houston.
- "The jumpers were doing acrobatics -- almost doing
somersaults at times -- and the orange lights attached to their feet or
ankle areas would appear to rise upwards during the acrobatics," Vike
said. The mystery was solved by a retired military man who viewed the action
with a pair of binoculars, he said.
- "One landed close to his home, and he said just
before landing, the jumper turned the lights off."
- On Friday the Citizen ran a story of the unusual sightings
reported by Andrea Lanoue who, with four friends, observed bright orange
- She described the lights as hovering for a time before
moving slightly apart at different speeds, and some of them "fading
- Vike said he's not sure if the skydivers used the lights
to keep track of each other during formation jumping or if they were "playing
some kind of hoax".
- A UFO survey released Monday by Ufology Research of
Manitoba shows the top 10 communities in Canada for reported UFO sightings,
Vike said. In 2003, there were 673 reported sightings across Canada, with
Vancouver leading with 41. Toronto ranked second with 34 sightings, followed
by Houston at 33, Terrace at 30, and Airdrie, Alberta at 17. Prince George
is not among the top ten.
- "Most reported unfamiliar lights in the sky are
identified as meteors, planets or stars," Vike said, who became heavily
involved in UFO sightings in 2000 after moving to Houston. Since then
he's participated in radio shows in Canada and the U.S. and was one of
the main characters featured in a 2002 TV documentary called "The
- Among cases still unsolved is one involving two women
travelling away from Kelowna last July. "They reported seeing three
white lights which turned green and dropped down in front of them on the
highway. They both reported a loss of 45 minutes, and a tingly throughout
their bodies," Vike said.
- "They turned around and headed back to Kelowna with
the light following them for a short distance before disappearing,"
said Vike, noting eight other people also reported seeing green lights.
The next day, both women felt ill with a passenger having a nose bleed
and finding a burn mark on her tail bone which the doctor said appeared
to be a radiation burn. Since then, both have experienced weight loss,
hair loss, nausea, salt cravings, dehydration and pressure to the back
of their neck. But doctors cannot figure out the problem, Vike said.
- Vike's website at www.hbccufo.com or call his toll-free
number at 1- 866-262-1989