Liberty County Sheriff's Office investigates reports of lights in the sky near Daisetta

March 24, 2013 5:40:16 PM PDT
The Liberty County Sheriff's Department is investigating reported odd lights traveling across the sky in east Liberty County.

Dispatchers in Liberty County say they received a call at around 8:30pm from someone saying they saw what was described as 'red fire balls in the sky' traveling near the City of Daisetta.

Two deputies who responded say they also saw four orange colored lights in the sky around 3,000 feet up. There were at least 10 to 12 other people who reported seeing the same sightings, they say.

The deputies reported the lights were in a 'loose line' that appeared to be about 10 miles apart from the front light to the last light in the line and moving rather slowly.

After a few seconds, three of the objects disappeared and shortly thereafter, a fourth one disappeared, they say.

The FAA and National Weather Bureau were contacted, but say they didn't have any activity in the area. Libery County officials also looked into whether or not the lights might have been 'sky lanterns,' which are often released during certain celebrations. But even sky lanterns, they say, aren't usually released in the numbers noticed in Liberty County last night.

According to the Meteoroid Environment Office at Johnson Space Center, it may have been a very small event, saying that a few hundred very small meteoroids hit our planet each year, so if it is what was seen last night, it wouldn't be unusual.

The Libery County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has any information as to the source of the lights or reported sightings of them, that they call them at 936-336-4500. All information will be kept confidential.

If you have photos or videos from Liberty County last night, email them to us at news@abc13.com.
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