NANTON – People in the Nanton area are are keeping an eye on the sky this week after bright lights were spotted above the town Sunday night.
Sam Martine, who lives just west of the town about 100 km south of Calgary, said two mysterious lights appeared about 11 p.m. in the sky above her neighbour’s house about 400 metres away.
“The first light was about as big as a large yard light — that is what I thought it was at first — but very bright white,” says Martine, who was in her house when the lights first appeared.
The second light was higher in the air than the first, and the two lights sat in one spot for about four or five minutes before moving upward. That’s when Martine and her daughter Baylie went outside, and the lights came toward them, making no sound.
“Then you could see red light and blue light and could hear it,” Martine said.
“It went over our house. The other light stayed still, then it started to move up — but not as high as the first light — and again went over our house.”
As it passed over there was one wide blue light and the other side had a red light as it passed to the northwest.
Martine managed to take photographs of the objects, despite some unusual issues trying to get her camera to work and capture a clear shot.
The following morning, Martine found that their cattle had run through the fence and were all standing on the northwest hill, but all of them were accounted for.
The last time that there were reported UFO sightings in the Nanton area was in the late 1970s, when cattle mutilations were reported throughout the area.
Peter Davenport, director for the National UFO Reporting Center in Washington state, said this account fits with many descriptions of UFOs.
Davenport noted Martine’s description fits and witnesses often have problems taking photos of the objects, and there seems to be electromagnetic interference involved.
The 2013 Canadian UFO Survey, compiled annually by Ufology Research, found 1,180 sightings across the country, 129 of those in Alberta.