A California witness at Oceanside reported watching a triangle-shaped object heading south and parallel with the Coast Highway at an altitude of 200 feet, according to recent testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was outside on a balcony about 10:50 p.m. on January 12, 2013, when the object was first observed lit by the street lights of Coast Highway.
"It was three red lights in an equilateral triangle and none were lit," the witness stated. "They were heading south, parallel with Coast Highway at around a 200-foot altitude. I'd estimate the lights at 50 feet apart. I watched for close to 20 seconds before it was out of range. Estimated speed was 80 to 100 mph."
The witness has a military background and could not identify the object.
"Having spent five years as a Merchant Seaman I've seen many strange things in the sky - meteors, satellites, military and civilian aircraft, but these three unlit, red lights were the strangest thing I've ever seen in the sky. I was not drinking (sober 18 years) and am not prone to hallucinations."
No images or videos were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on January 15, 2013. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Oceanside is a coastal community along California's southern coast, population 183,095.
California is a current UFO ALERT 3 rating, with a high number of UFO sightings nationally. California had 75 reports in December 2012 - the highest reporting state in the nation.
You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page.
The following is the unedited report filed with MUFON. Please keep in mind that most UFO reports can be explained as something natural or manmade. If California MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will release an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.
January 12, 2013, 10:50 p.m., Oceanside, San Diego County, CA - object was not lit, but 3 obvious red lights at apexes. Lights were off. Case 45215.
I was out on the balcony having a cigarette, looking west. Due-West a moving object(s) lit by the street lights of Coast Highway caught my attention. It was 3 red lights in an equilateral triangle, non were lit. They were heading South, parallel with Coast Highway at around 200 altitude. Id estimate the lights at 50 apart. I watched for close to 20 seconds before it was out of range. Estimated speed was 80 to 100mph. Having spent 5 years as a Merchant seaman Ive seen many strange things in the sky. Meteors, satellites, Military and Civilian aircraft, but these 3 unlit red lights were the strangest thing Ive ever seen in the sky. I was not drinking (sober 18 years) and am not prone to hallucinations.