A post in my Facebook feed alerted me to this story. I’ve written about UFOs before, here and here, and this story fascinated me for about ten minutes.

Vegas UFO

screencap from video by Arcadeic

On the night of July 3rd, 2016, Las Vegas residents started reporting lights in the sky. Some described it as a meteor that broke up into four parts and then hovered. Multiple people captured video and uploaded it to YouTube. The first one embedded below, from YouTuber “Arcadeic” is one of the better quality videos I’ve found.

From another angle by Tyler Collins:

A third angle from Nathan Martinez:

And a fourth angle from Nina Mireles:

I found this story fascinating, and I was immediately struck by the similarity to the video of the Phoenix Lights sighting which was eventually debunked as flares dropped by a military craft. (Side note: Believers in the Phoenix Lights phenomenon will tell you the debunked flares were only one of several events in Phoenix, and I will likely catch hell for claiming they’ve been debunked, but whatever.)

These lights in Las Vegas seem to be falling slowly, like flares would, and their downward motion is uninterrupted–at no point do they go up, always down. However, there seems to be an intelligence, a coordination to their movement, and the manner in which the lights go on and off seems to suggest something other than flares. So what could they be?

From the Las Vegas Review Journal, June 28th, 2016:

Fireworks won’t be the only thing falling from the sky above Caesars Palace this weekend. In celebration of the Fourth of July and the casino’s 50th anniversary, the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team will perform a night jump stunt in front of the resort at 9 p.m. Sunday, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

For me, that settles it. No doubt there will be some who insist skydivers are not what they saw, but it seems pretty clear to me that the UFOs over Las Vegas on July 3rd, 2016, were a skydiving team.

Maybe next time we’ll get a visit from extraterrestrials.

Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer from Fargo, North Dakota.