'Scrambled' Formation of Flying Lights Baffles New Jersey Residents

Flying lights were recorded over the New Jersey city of Paterson on Monday, prompting speculation about what they could have been.

According to eyewitness Louis Stevens, who managed to record the strange spectacle, several lights hovered over the city for more than five minutes before disappearing over Garret Mountain nearby.

The footage shows how the lights, described as flying circles, appeared to be moving slowly in some sort of formation.

Louis Stevens submitted his footage to New York news outlet PIX 11, telling them: "You see it on YouTube and it's always somewhere out in the Nevada desert somewhere."

PIX 11 reported that it sent the footage to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and was told that "nothing was reported" after it reviewed the video and checked in with local air traffic.

New York drone professional Victor Chu told the outlet that he thinks the lights could have been some sort of drone display practice.

Chu, the founder of the Sky Tech One drone videography company, said drones that take part in light shows are all synced together and controlled by a computer.

He told PIX 11: "If you look at the video, you will see that they are maintaining a formation for the most part, even though it's kind of scrambled a little bit."

It's not the first time a mysterious object has been spotted over the skies of New Jersey. One such case was documented last year—but it turned out to be the Goodyear blimp.

Unidentified flying objects (UFOs), more recently described as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs), have been a cultural phenomenon for years due to theories they could be alien spacecraft.

Mysterious Aerial Sightings

They became a hot topic earlier this year after the U.S. Sentate intelligence committee ordered the director of national intelligence (DNI) to produce a report on mysterious aerial sightings.

The report on June 25 said that "limited data leaves most UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena) unexplained."

The report largely focused on U.S. military eyewitness accounts between 2004 and 2021, with 144 coming from U.S. government sources. Only one was able to be identified with high confidence—"a large, deflating balloon." The others remain a mystery.

Patterns were observed though, such as that some UAPs "maneuver
abruptly, or move at considerable speed, without discernable means of propulsion."

Among the issues outlined with investigating UAPs were "sociocultural stigmas," sensor limitations and a lack of high quality reporting, the DNI said. But the report at least suggested the U.S. government was taking the issue seriously through the UAP Task Force.

Using telescope to look at sky
A file photo of someone using a telescope to look at the night sky. Lights reported over New Jersey this week could be drones. m-gucci/Getty