If such mysterious event happened today, it would likely spread rapidly through Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites with YouTube video links. However, these things were not present in 1997, making eyewitness reports and number of videos moved like a snail mail into the national awareness. In fact, the story first got major attention from the media in USA Today only after three months from the event. People across the nation seriously considered a trip of extra-terrestrials or aliens.
Ten years after the strange event, Air National Guard officials accepted what many had suspected – the lights were flares, dropped during training exercises above the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
Then Lt. Col. Ed Jones of 104th Fighter Squadron from the Maryland National Guard, claimed he piloted one of the four A-10s that dropped the flares.
That admission has only done a little to eliminate the mystery to the minds of the public. Until today, the Phoenix Lights still shine vibrantly for individuals who believe human race is not alone