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UFO sightings in California: Strange lights move across the sky on New Year's

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California recorded several UFO sightings early New Year's Day just a little while after fireworks lit the night in the California skies to usher in the new year. And the UFO sightings weren't isolated. Reports came in, The Inquistr posted Jan. 2, from all over California: Stockton, Sacramento, Auburn, Hollywood Hills.

Many of the witnesses saw similar UFO sightings, maintaining that the various moving and lighted objects in the sky were not fireworks. One witness, Kaye Pinlac of Stockton, even took video footage of the strange flying lights.

“I seen like six bright orange colored lights," she told KXTV in Sacramento. "They were almost like in a diamond or triangle shape. It was weird. And so they started just separating.”

Steven Brown of Sacramento saw the same formation. "And whatever it was moved up and to the left," Brown told KXTV. "It hovered there for probably about 60 seconds, and then it took off at a high rate of speed out of sight directly away from us and just disappeared."

But central California didn't hold a monopoly on the sightings. A video of strange lights hovering over Hollywood Hills in southern California was posted to YouTube by Mark McCabe early New Year's Day.

Nor were all the sightings alike. Hans and Terry Mauth of Auburn had a different UFO sighting experience. Their sighting was of a large solitary UFO, egg-shaped, and projecting a bright light upward. The object drifted over their neighborhood, then suddenly accelerated.

"There was no sound, that's the funny thing," Terry Mauth told KXTV. "Just this big illuminated form."

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor told reporters that there were no reports of UFOs in watched airspace. “There was no unusual flight activity reported Tuesday night,” he said.

The Inquistr noted that the FAA continued to deny the presence of UFOs anywhere in American airspace through Thursday, even though there were numerous reports. There were similar reports of UFO sightings in North Carolina as well.

The question that lingers, though, is: If there was no flight activity outside the usual, then what were those unidentified flying objects so many people witnessed?

According to a poll conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov in September, 48 percent of Americans were open to the idea that people who have witnessed UFOs may have seen something of extraterrestrial origin.

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