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Mysterious UFOs continue to confuse South Carolina residents

In July 2012, WPDE NewsChannel 15 aired multiple stories about strange lights in the sky witnessed by many people along South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Witness Joe Kiernan explained to NewsChannel 15 that these UFOs “did climbs, they went to altitudes, they changed directions that are beyond physics. It’s just not possible.” And according to Kiernan, these lights are repeatedly seen in the area.

Although Kiernan regularly sees strange lights in both the day and night skies in North Myrtle Beach, the more interesting sightings are happening at night. In a recent interview on the web series Spacing Out!, Kiernan provided the following description of just one of his recent sightings:

A lot of white sparkly lights. Many of them. Dozens. At times, it looked like two dozen, at times it could have been six dozen, or more. They would travel along the sky and weave in and out of each other, and just fly in all different strange patterns. And then they would just stop and fade out. Then one by one, they would just light up with a bright glowing orange, orange-yellowish, just very intense glowing light.

Kiernan says this particular sighting lasted for three hours. And the phenomenon occurred again the following night, and was reportedly witnessed by forty to fifty people.

Although he lacks high-quality camera equipment, Kiernan continues to capture footage of these strange lights that appear on an almost nightly basis. Hundreds of people apparently gather on the beach with Kiernan when these lights are visible, including tourists and police officers. Kiernan has noticed an increase in military activity in the area since the lights appeared. He is open to the possibility that the lights could be extraterrestrial in origin, he isn’t jumping to any conclusions at this point. He is just trying to figure out the identity of these mysterious lights.

Watch the interview with Joe Kiernan below:

About Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.


  1. i was in myrtle beach and saw these lights over ocean on 10/24/12 at apprx 8:45 PM. It moved to a few different places in the sky and did several flashing sequences. I have no idea what it could be and it traveled back and forth at a speed that is not natural…unless there were multiple.

  2. My family and I were just walking the beach last night around 11-11:30pm by the Paradose Hotel and we noticed an orange ball of light in the sky. At first we thought it was a plane, but then it suddenly went out. We were still able to see the object and it looked almost circular and it was not greyish in color. It circled around the sky and we watched it head out to the ocean and drop into the water. It was a white color out in the ocean and then it just faded away. Very strange. Tonight we were sitting out on the balcony and the same light appeared.

  3. We saw the same lights near the Springmaid pier just last night @ around 10:30.

  4. I was in Myrtle Beach, S.C. December 13 we were watching the night sky as there was a meteor shower that night. There was about 4 of us that saw some identical lights that seem to have come out of the water and they would shoot out as if they were skimming over the water then all of a sudden dissapear it was weird cause we all said did you see that but none of us paid much attention to it I kept on seing lights coming out of the water that night but did not pay much attention to it. I just want to know what it really was ??? It was about 10 pm

  5. I had an incident in August of 2015, My mother and I were on our porch in Lexington S.C. and observed an object in the western sky. The time was about 10:00 PM and we watched this thing change colors for about 10 minutes before it sped off faster then anything we ever have seen. I had a strange dream that night about being onboard this thing and when I woke up the next morning My right arm just above the elbow itched like crazy and the was and still is a small node like object just under the skin that you can move around with your fingers. I spoke to my Dr. about it and they had no Idea what it was but said not to worry about it. Now it is 11-12-2016 and the strange object came back only this time it was changing shape, my son took photos of it. then 10 minutes later it was gone. These are not the first sightings for me I am from Ca. and have had sightings many times in Ca.

  6. My husband and I have seen the exact lights that are in the second video in Surfside Beach SC in June 2014 and 2015 at around 10pm looking out across the ocean from the beach. There were 3 of them and they sort of each came on slowly, 1-2-3, glowed orange and then went out slowly 1-2-3. They did this a couple of times and almost looked like flares except there was no ‘pop’ noise or leading flame like you see when someone shoots a flare off. Plus they moved in a zigzag pattern or randomly. The first time we saw them we couldn’t believe what we saw. Then the next year we were back waiting for the ISS and it happened again! Same place (to what would be the northeast side of the beach well above the horizon but still very visible and close. Can’t tell you how happy we are to see that others have seen these things too. Wish we knew what they are.

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