A Canadian witness at Whitby reported watching and videotaping five to six pulsing lights, according to testimony in Case 81928 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was on Ashburn Road between 9 and 10 p.m. on February 4, 2017, when the incident began.
“We first observed four lights, three of which in rough triangle formation viewed head on to west of position while driving,” the witness stated. “Stopped to observe objects and took approximately one hour and 30 minutes of video. Observed objects hovering and moving lazily in no specific flight path.”
The witness described the objects.
The witness watched the objects for about 1.5 hours.
“Dimmer lights appeared to travel north and back to original position. At first, we thought the objects could be helicopters or planes, but we observed them glowing and dimming and doing odd, lazy movements in sky approximately 50 to 60-degrees over the horizon. No spotlights seen. Objects appeared to have red and green lights when dim. Felt that objects were not normal aircraft due to odd behavior. Was exhilarated at prospect of encountering unknown objects in sky, never having seen anything like it before. Did not feel any particular negative feelings, just that we were seeing something unusual. Attempted to move to higher ground to observe objects more clearly. Watched them in two positions. As far as we know, we were the only people to observe this event. Never truly lost sight of objects and left after an hour and-a-half as it was late and we were tired.”
Canada MUFON Field Investigator Robert Shimmon investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown UAV.
“In terms of what it is not,” Shimmon wrote in his report, “it is not a drone or a series of drones. Drones have a battery life of approximately 20-25 minutes (commercially anyway). I been researching drones for a future purchase and have found this flight time to be as long as I've seen. It is likely not Chinese Lanterns given that the sighting lasted 1.5 hours. A lantern would have likely continued rising and certainly would have burnt through its fuel long before this sighting ended. Given the brightness of the objects and the drifting I witnessed, it is also unlikely to be a planet/star nor is it likely to be a satellite for the same reason. I've asked the witness for more information on his position to confirm this. I've looked into some atmospheric conditions and found a phenomenon called light pillars. These are an illusion caused by light reflecting off ice crystals in the air. The effect looks like pillars of light and mirror the position of lights on the ground. The pillar appearance seems like this is not a viable explanation but may be useful in further investigations. Searched the CMS and NUFORC database for similar sightings and found nothing. Witness has confirmed the sighting and added that he was facing west on Ashburn Road between Highway 7 and Columbus Road. The sighting occurs in the direction (west) of a grouping of eight houses, otherwise, the area is dominated by farm land. I have also determined that the object in the center at least is moving from south to north at a very slow rate. I determined this because the object moves in relation to the light standard as a fixed point in the video. I can also say that the object is moving in the opposing direction of the wind current. I am closing this case as unknown UAV. It's possible that these are drones or helicopters, but I'm unable to prove that. I am reasonably sure that this is ‘powered’ flight as the craft do seem to drift slightly against the wind direction.”
The witness included eight images and one video clip with the report, which was filed on Feberuary 5, 2017.