For many Florida residents, an evening stroll on the Sunshine State’s southern beaches last night may also have afforded them a light show. According to witnesses, a series of odd lights were reported in the skies over Marco Island, Florida, Tuesday evening, with people from nearby vicinities, including Fort Myers Beach, describing brilliant illuminations in the sky between approximately 8:15 and 9:30 PM EDT.

Writing for the Naples News, Aaron Hale commented today that “Sometimes an official explanation is not nearly as satisfying as alternative theories,” as he divulged an official Air Force explanation for the strange illuminations seen by many. “Senior Airman Katie Spencer, a spokeswoman for the Homestead Air Reserve Base, said Air Force jets were performing routine training exercises in the Gulf, and the lights were merely flares dropped by aircraft.” Many witnesses, however, receive this solution with little satisfaction, prompting the question: were the lights seen over Florida’s coast last night something else?

Though witnesses may not be entirely satisfied by this fairly typical “training routine” explanation, there has been further witness testimony appearing today which may support it. One Marco Island Resident, Dr. Anthony Dallmann-Jones Ph.D., observed the lights through binoculars with his wife between 8:35 and 9:15 P.M. last night, posting several of his observations online (which included photos). Below is Dallmann-Jones’ primary description of the lights’ behavior:

The first four we saw were in an arc… but rose in the middle like an eyebrow slightly. They would then

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at