A local resident wants to know if anyone else has seen fast moving balls of fire in the sky above Prince George in recent months. Lisa Hallam says she's witnessed the sight on three separate occasions - including Monday night - as well as August 18, 2003 and January 31, 2004.
by Bernice Trick
Prince George Citizen Newspaper
Wednesday February 18th 2004
A local resident wants to know if anyone else has seen fast moving balls of fire in the sky above Prince George in recent months.
Lisa Hallam says she's witnessed the sight on three separate occasions - including Monday night - as well as August 18, 2003 and January 31, 2004.
"The first time I saw this intensely red ball of fire was last August 18 above Punchaw Park, just off Ness Avenue where I live" said the 35-year old Hallam, describing the object's size as about four times the size of the brightest star in the sky.
"I knew it wasn't Mars because it was located behind me" said Hallam.
She said another strange thing at the time was the electronics in her home "started acting funny. We'd lose the TV signal and the screen would go green, and the VCR and DVD player turned themselves on and off" said Hallam, who's a CNC student.
"I saw the light again January 31. I thought I was losing my mind, so thank goodness my mother saw it, too.
"(On Monday) night I was coming home about 6:30 p.m. along Rainbow Drive and there it was again, travelling northwest above Cranbrook Hill acting in the same manner as the others. It moved pretty fast. It's so intensely red"
When Hallam reached home she continued to watch the sky, and said there were two other unique sites.
"Above Cranbrook Hill there was a circular shaped blue green hue that appeared both in front of and behind the clouds, and then I saw a long, rectangular hue of light-green light. It resembled the northern lights, but moved horizontally instead of up and down. My neighbour saw the bar-shaped hue, also"
That same day, Lisa's mother, Cheryll Hallam, said the electronics "went wonky" again. Gil Self, vice president of the Prince George Astronomical Society, said there had been no reports of the lights described by Hallam.
"Right now Venus is brilliant due to its location in its orbit high in the western sky. It sparkles like a jewel", said Self, who said he never discredits reports by people, but instead, tries to explain the likely causes.
Self said there are many explanations for lights in the sky - refracted light from aircraft, electrical phenomenon in the sky, fireballs, meteorites, and electrical discharges from time to time.
UFO expert Brian Vike of Houston said: "I have no explanation for the sighting, but I am going to check out a few things regarding it and a few more sightings in the Prince George area"
Vike can be contacted toll free at 1-866-262-1989.