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Military flares and the Phoenix Lights

On October 7, 1993, the camera crew of Julio Trazzi Martins, after a day of shooting, was returning to the city of Sao Thome das letras, south of the Minas Gerais state, Brazil. After going through the city of Cruzilia, at around 7:30PM, they noticed some lights in the sky.

They stopped the vehicle and started to record everything. In his testimony, Trazzi confirmed that he heard the sound of distant and muffed explosions.

After several analyses, it was confirmed that the lights filmed were military flares, shot by cannons of the ESA — Sergeant’s Arms School — from the Brazilian Army, that was in the Traning Base of Gaviao Peak, 45 km away from the cameraman. At the time, it was thought the lights were UFOs.

On March 13, 1997, on Phoenix, Arizona, USA, several witnesses saw something strange in the sky which to this day remains unidentified. That same night, after this sighting, several lights appeared in the sky, which were witnessed by hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. Many of them recorded the event.

Physicist Bruce Maccabee analyzed three videos of the same event, taken from different points. By triangulation, Dr. Maccabee came to the conclusion that these lights were at a distance of approximately 120km, on a military training range, and concluded that the lights were military flares, launched by an airplane.

TV INFA was not in Phoenix examining the facts. We just included the Phoenix lights footage because they have a similar behavior to the Sao Thome das Letras military flares, though they do have a longer duration, which suggests another model was used, with greater light intensity and longer time of burning.

It’s up to the rest of the researchers to conclude if Dr. Maccabee conclusions are correct or not.

[from Brazilian TV INFA, reproduction kindly authorized]

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  1. Dr Mabuse November 18th, 2007 10:42 pm

    I’m interested that you use Maccabee’s analysis of the Phoenix Lights as support for the hypothesis that they were flares. Maccabee is an unashamed UFO believer, and in fact fully supported (and AFAIK still supports) the Gulf Breeze photos, which are certainly fakes, albeit reasonably clever ones.

    If Maccabee’s judgment can be so clearly off in the case of the Gulf Breeze photos, as many even in the UFO research field accept, how can it be that his judgment on the Phoenix Lights is acceptable on face value? If he’s a researcher prone to egregious errors in judgment then he shouldn’t be regarded as a good cite for any research, IMHO.

  2. Mori November 19th, 2007 2:33 am

    Hi “Mabuse”,

    Even though Maccabee may indeed make some questionable analysis, eg Gulf Breeze, his work on the Phoenix Lights videos stands for itself.

    There’s a link to it, and it was reviewed before being referenced to. It may have been better to point to Tim Printy’s work on the Phoenix Lights, which came to the same conclusions, on the other hand Printy would be considered as just a “skeptic” by many believers.

    And in any case, the original description of the video was written by Claudeir Covo, a pro-ETH Brazilian ufologist, and I simply translated it. I do agree with what I translated, though.

  3. Dr Mabuse November 20th, 2007 3:43 pm

    Fair enough. It must be said I was playing devil’s advocate a bit, as I actually agree with some of Maccabee’s conclusions on the McMinnville photos, for instance.


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