Strange bright lights seen in the Wisconsin sky earlier this month that were speculated by some to be unidentified flying objects may have been nothing more than spotlights from a home famous for its annual Christmas lights show.
The simple explanation into the mysterious lights over farmland near West Bend and Fredonia in the Badger State was shared Tuesday night by renowned UFO investigator Mick West.
West, who was suspicious of the chatter that the lights in the sky were UFOs, conducted his own investigation to shed his own light on their mysterious origins.
Using approximate locations of two witnesses, he determined that the lights may have emitted from Belgium, Wisconsin — about 40 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. He emailed Belgium’s Chamber of Commerce asking about the lights and was told that there was, in fact, a locally famous Christmas lights show on County Road B “that had just added some spotlights this year,” West said in a clip posted to YouTube.
West learned that the light show was run by the Flanders family, who confirmed to him that they had added six moving spotlights to the spectacle this year and sent him a video.
“Their spotlights are on the roof line and they tilt down towards the location of one of the videos so it’s pretty much a perfect match,” West said.
“So, case solved,” he concluded. “Not UFOs, just some spotlights — a fun little investigation. But the real puzzle here is why people thought it might have been anything else.”
But former FBI agent Ben Hansen, who also hosts Discovery+ show “UFO Witness,” was less convinced of West’s conclusion.
“I respect you @mickwest but this doesn’t add up. The Flanders Christmas display is 12.5 miles from our witnesses. The family told us they use 380W DMX party lights (DJ stage lights). This video is the house recorded from 2 miles. Do we really need to go back 10 more miles?” He tweeted with a video that shows the spotlights in the night sky.
“The display runs from 5pm – 10:30pm every night so if this was the explanation, one would be able to see it every day for the past few weeks. The light motion is programed, repeated, and not random.
“Not to mention, the pattern does not resemble what was captured on camera, nor are beams visible whatsoever in the witness videos. This demo was recorded under similar conditions at 10:50PM (same as the event). You may feel the case is solved, but we still have work to do.”