|Tinley Park Lights
Five Mass UFO Sightings
Strange large triangle crafts and lights were seen over the skies of Tinley Park, Oak Park, Illinois and Chicago.
Strange large triangle crafts estimated to be 1,500 feet across in size. Sightings were seen in many parts of the continent preceding the sighting in Tinley Park, including British Columbia, and parts across the northwest as well as Texas. Several days later, two sets of the three lights were again caught on film in Australia.
These objects appeared to be a triangular craft, very large, some people reported seeing lights and others did not.
The Tinley Park Lights is a reference to a
series of five mass UFO sightings which occurred on August 21st, 2004,
two months later on October 31st, 2004, again on October 1st of 2005,
and again on October 31st, 2006, in Tinley Park and Oak Park, Illinois,
suburbs of Chicago.
Witnesses to each event reported seeing
three silent, self-luminescent objects which were red or red-orange in
color and spherical in shape, hanging in the night sky and moving slowly
about in “formation” for a duration of approximately 30 minutes in each
The objects in each event were at low to
intermediate altitude, and were visible from the ground for
approximately 12 miles in any direction.
Due to its
duration and proximity to a populous area, as well as fortuitous timing,
these mass sightings produced multiple photographs and videos of the
event, as well as a large number of witnesses, making this a unique mass
During the October 31st sightings, a vast number of residents
were filling the sidewalks to trick-or-treat with their children,
creating a large and cross-sectional witness base.
reported entire blocks of trick-or-treaters and parents stopped in the
street to observe the objects.
On the Saturday, August 21st occurrence,
the conspicuous objects were in full view of gridlocked traffic making
egress from Tinley Park's 28,000 seat First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
(at that time called Tweeter Center) where Ozzfest had just ended,
creating another aggregation of observers.
reported seeing conventional aircraft orbiting in the vicinity of the
Opinion among witnesses differs in if the objects appeared to be
affixed to a very large, unlighted object (a Black Triangle (UFO)
object), or if the lights appeared to move independently of one another.
Some witnesses maintain that the lights remained
in a rigid triangular arrangement at all times, suggesting it may have
been one enormous triangular object with lights at its corners, while
others perceived independent movement.
On November 2nd, 2008, the show
UFO Hunters on the History channel featured the events, and did an
examination of the videos.
They used GPS locations of the footage, relative
angles, and movement of the lights to reveal their behavior. The
determination was that the lights did move in unison to one another,
most likely connected, and through relative perspective of the videos,
estimated that the size of the object was close to 1,500 feet across.
Sightings were seen in many parts of the continent preceding the
sighting in Tinley Park, including British Columbia, and parts across
the northwest as well as Texas. Several days later, two sets of the
three lights were again caught on film in Australia.
The events were covered on local television news, as well as in the
Chicago Sun Times, and again in Chicago Magazine in March 2007.
Sunday, May 18th, 2008, Dateline NBC aired the episode "10 Close
Encounters Caught on Tape", which featured the Tinley Park events, as
the "Tinley Park Triangle," in their number 3 spot. On November 2nd, 2008, the History Channel program UFO Hunters featured the events.
Due to the absence of required navigation lights and the objects'
unconventional flight characteristics, it seems unlikely that these were
One of the more initially compelling
possibilities is that these may have been military illumination flares;
incendiary light sources suspended from parachutes which are intended to
illuminate ground targets, sometimes seen where military aircraft are
Illumination flares have been suggested to be the likely central culprit
of the similar but much more widely publicized Phoenix Lights event of
However, in this case, video and witness accounts do not seem to
present a slow, windborne descent normally associated with illumination
flares, and video and photographs do seem to suggest persistent relative
order between the objects over the course of the event, moving about in
a way inconsistent with gravity-bound objects retarded by parachutes.
The airspace over these dense suburbs are part of the immediate
operating area of both nearby Midway International Airport and O'Hare
International Airport (one of the busiest airports in the world) and is a
controlled, Class Bravo airspace.
In fact, Tinley Park is home to the O'Hare ATC
backup radar system (an ASR-9 primary surveillance radar, Fac Ident
QXM), which is also the active approach control radar for the Elgin
TRACON facility. The controlled status of this busy commercial Class B
airspace makes scheduled military exercises of any type unprecedented,
unsafe, and unlikely, especially with respect to ground target
illumination over a metropolitan area.
Black Triangles aka Silent Vulcans
"Black triangles" are a
class of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) with certain common features
which have reportedly been observed from the 1940s to the present.
Reports of black triangles generally originate from the United States
and United Kingdom. Reports generally describe this class of UFOs as
enormous, silent, black triangular crafts, hovering or slowly cruising
at low altitudes over cities and highways, usually at night and making
no attempt to evade detection.
These crafts are often described as having "running lights", either
bright white lights or pulsing colored lights that appear at each corner
of the triangle.
The multiple videos and photographs of the objects, along
with supporting witness testimony as to the behavior of the objects
suggests that this was not a misidentification of celestial bodies or
other natural phenomena.
Aerial suspension of lighted objects as a hoax could be considered a
possibility, particularly with the event occurring on two consecutive
auspicious dates popular with pranksters: Halloween.
However, no known investigations by the FAA or other agencies were
undertaken, nor any special public concern for safety expressed
following the incidents, despite their potentially obstructive presence
in a controlled commercial approach and departure corridor where lofting
of obstacles would be taken very seriously and generally acted upon by
law enforcement agencies.
No unexpected or uncorrelated radar tracks were publicly reported by the
FAA in the wake of the events. The origin of the objects is still
unknown at this time.