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UFO boomerang formation photographed over Philadelphia

A Pennsylvania witness at Philadelphia reported watching and photographing a group of lights moving in a boomerang formation that could not be identified, according to testimony in Case 63646 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was driving northbound along Frankford Avenue in northeast Philadelphia about 7:38 p.m. on February 26, 2015, when the lights were first seen.

“Noticed lights swirling around and had to look twice because there were wires on both sides of the street and directly above for electric buses,” the witness stated. “I thought it was reflections of some sort at first.”

When the witness realized the lights were not reflections, he pulled over for a better look.

Witness image #1. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image #1. (Credit: MUFON)

“I took some video and photos until they disappeared into the sky where I could not see anymore.”

The witness reports that the video is poor, but two photos show the V-pattern. The witness included two images with the MUFON report, which was filed on February 28, 2015: Image 1 and Image 2.

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its only consolidated city-county, the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, population 1,553,165.

Pennsylvania is currently a UFO Alert Level 5 – with 0.71 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. Pennsylvania received a total of nine UFO reports in February.

Witness image #2. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness image #2. (Credit: MUFON)

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  2. We see these light up here in Schuylkill County. In Pone Grove Pa. Every couple of months. They r about 5-10 of them. Then they disappear.

  3. They were lanterns that were released after a wedding rehearsal. People think anything is a UFO.

  4. On the community Facebook page for Mayfair, a woman posted that these are the paper lanterns her friends released after a wedding rehearsal at St. Tim’s Church.

  5. I live in philadelphia. Near the septa train tracks. Last night 3-25-15 , I saw strange lights, orange. Today I did some research, im not saying i know 100%. it is still just a theory. But after thinking a while at school I came up with the possibility that they might have been nanoquadroters. But that is the first time I eexperienced this type of event. Like seeing a ufo, or nanoquadroters. Nanoquadroters are sometimes programmed to fly in a certain pattern or direction. What I saw moved in a perfectly. Straight line. And since nanoquadroters are small they won’t make much noise. There was one in the center, and the other 8 objects seemed to move away from it, return and disappear. It was at a distonce so that would make it hard to see certain details. It had 9 lights. 5 at the bottom and 4 on top. If there are any nanoquadroters like that tell me in the comment below. I still can’t stop thinking about it though. Now I know how people who experience. Seeing ufos feel. Or not. I am usually. Calm for some reason. Went snow tubing once and everyone else screamed but me. But I liked it. I will go out tonight and see if the objects return. And try paying closer attention to details. Thats all I have….. For now. As soon as it happens again I will comment……. Again. Later.

  6. I am reporting the same/similar “slanted line, top of pyramid sideways without base, boomerang” shaped lights in the sky, flickering in different colors, mostly orange, but I’ve seen red, too. I am not sure what direction or part of the sky, between Moon & Venus but seemingly further back and lower than those two but what is direction in the universe? I’m no astrophysicist! At any rate, real strange, not moving at all, except flickering. I’m keen and well-learned on constellations, stars seen by the naked eye that I can see without a telescope, etc, but these aren’t anything I’ve seen before. Almost Pleiadian in view, except they aren’t in a cluster. Not sure about the UFO situation, but didn’t really know where else to put something like this so I figured MUFON was the best option. At least it’s recorded. Thank you.

    31MAR2015 at 11:22 PM (2322 hrs), Whitehall, PA 18052 (Eastern Standard Time)

  7. For the non believers. Explain to me how Chinese Lanterns can stay in more or less a perfect formation up in the air stream currents, ESPECIALLY in the Philly area, the Delaware & other rivers, where the air currents are pretty vicious & constantly shifting , gusting etc. Ever been near the river, or any major ones ?

    Even a fleet of controlled drones can not stay in formation like in the pix, OR ANY UFO film or pix I have seen. I am an assistant to a qualified UFO Investigator & the main thing we must do, if possible, is to hopefully identify the object, or the cause of what each particular sighting is such as a visible planet, reflections of some type, dirty camera lenses, gases, fakery & so on. There are many investigative ways to SCIENTIFICALLY prove or disprove many sightings & photos as actual solid objects, gasses or other natural phenomena.

    There ARE MANY that cannot be proven as being of this planets current technology capabilities or atmospheric conditions. If you ever actually saw something clearly or closely enough, as many people the world over have, you would be a little more understanding & not so jokingly dead against the possibilities of there really being Extraterrestrial Life Form’s active here physically on the ground, our atmosphere & air ways.

    How can mankind be so arrogant as to think that WE are the only beings that exist anywhere beside the earth ? Are you non believers that close minded ? If you are, your turn at seeing something that scares the doo doo out of your 3rd point of contact may well be soon for you. I wish I could see your reaction then.

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