Representation. A person shining a light on the sky. FelixMittermeier/Pixabay


  • Several people witnessed and filmed lights moving across the Wisconsin sky on Dec. 1 and 2
  • Expert conspiracy analysts believe the lights were caused by ground-based searchlights
  • Similar strange lights that were spotted over Virginia last month were caused by searchlights

Bright unexplained lights that multiple people witnessed moving through the skies above Wisconsin earlier this month were caused by ground-based lights, according to analysts.

Several bright lights zipped across the cloudy skies over a farmland near West Bend and Fredonia on Dec. 1, footage obtained by the Daily Mail showed, leaving witnesses to question whether the illuminations were unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

The videos were provided by Kimberly, a salon owner from West Bend, and Ken, a former police officer and financial services worker in Fredonia.

Kimberly, 52, encountered a white object while she was driving home with her husband on Wallace Lake Road at around 10:45 p.m. that night.

The couple then reportedly saw white lights in the sky above them.

"We just couldn't wrap our heads around what we were seeing... There was no sound to it. It was a pretty clear and normal Wisconsin night without any crazy weather," Kimberly was quoted as saying by the outlet.

Ken was able to capture the same moment from his home in Fredonia, which was about 5 miles northeast of Kimberly's location, after he noticed the lights in the sky over nearby fields.

Andrea Lynn, a third witness, was able to film the multicolored lights flashing and darting across the sky as well from her home about 80 miles north in Howard.

Lynn later reached out to the National Weather Service, which was able to see the same lights a week later, she claimed.

Strange lights were also spotted in Michigan on Dec. 2.

Teacher Chris Nowak was traveling with his family along Interstate 43 over the Fox River overpass at around 6:55 p.m. that night when his wife alerted him to strange lights in the cloudy sky.

Nowak later pulled into a church parking lot in Greenfield and started filming the lights.

Two women driving hundreds of miles away on a highway in Brighton, Michigan, caught similar lights on camera.

Both Kimberly and Nowak dismissed searchlights on the ground as a possible explanation for the lights.

Ben Hansen, a former trainee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who hosts the Discovery+ show "UFO Witness" and worked with the Daily Mail to investigate the cases, also believed that the lights were not caused by searchlights.

"Not only is there no evidence that any advertising spotlights have recently been permitted or used in this very rural area, the intensity and speed of the lights doesn't comport with conventional technology," Hansen said.

However, British science writer and expert conspiracy analyst Mick West claimed the lights were from ground-based lights.

"It's obvious that they are ground based directional lights. Someone shining lights upwards. Maybe... Christmas lights," West told Hansen in a series of online exchanges.

Similar sightings of strange lights over Virginia from last month were determined to be caused by ground-based skylights.

Searchlights are often mistaken for UFOs, according to the BBC's Sky at Night magazine.

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