大约在太平洋标准时间（PST）下午18:55（美国太平洋标准时间下午6:55），美国太平洋标准时间19:55（美国太平洋标准时间下午7:55），一名男子报告说在内华达州亨德森市上方看到了一个V型物体。他说这是关于“波音747的大小”, sounded like “rushing wind”, and had six lights 上 its leading edge. 的lights reportedly traversed northwest to the southeast.
约翰·凯瑟（John Kaiser）和妻子和儿子在普雷斯科特山谷（Prescott Valley）站在外面，当时他们注意到位置西北偏西的一堆灯。灯光形成了三角形的图案，但是除了物体鼻子处的灯光明显是白色以外，其他所有灯光看起来都是红色的。用双筒望远镜观察了大约2–3分钟的一个或多个物体，然后直接穿过观察者的上方，可以看到它们“bank to the right”，然后消失在普雷斯科特山谷东南部的夜空中。无法确定高度，但是它相当低并且没有发出任何声音。
的National 飞碟 报告ing Center received the following report from the Prescott area:
At the town of 杜威, 10 miles south of Prescott, 亚利桑那, six people saw a large cluster of lights while driving northbound 上 Highway 69. 的five adults and a youth stopped their car to observe the lights which were directly overhead when they exited the car.
的lights appeared to hover for several minutes. 的caller, who was an experienced flyer, said that the object was so large that he could clench his fist and hold it at arm’的长度，但仍不能完全遮住灯光。他估计该物体距离地面不超过1000英尺，并且其移动速度远低于飞机飞行的速度。还从奇诺瓦利（Chino Valley），坦佩（Tempe）和格伦代尔（Glendale）接到了UFO中心的电话。
蒂姆·莱伊（Tim Ley）和他的妻子鲍比（Bobbi），他的儿子哈尔（Hal）和他的孙子达米恩·特尼奇（Damien Turnidge）在距离普雷斯科特山谷（Prescott Valley）约65英里时，第一次看到了灯。最初，它们像在气球顶部一样，以五个单独且不同的弧形形状出现在灯罩上，但是他们很快意识到灯似乎正在朝着它们移动。在接下来的十分钟左右，它们似乎越来越近，灯之间的距离增加了，并且它们呈倒置的V形。最终，当灯似乎相距几英里时，目击者可以辨认出一个看起来像木匠的形状’正方形，上面放了五个灯，前面一个，侧面各两个。很快，灯光就好像出现在他们居住在其上方约100至150英尺的街道上，行进的速度如此之慢，似乎盘旋了下来，一片寂静。然后，灯光似乎掠过他们的头顶，穿过山脉峰顶上的V形开口，朝着Squaw Peak Mountain和Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport方向。
Imagery of the Phoenix Lights falls into two categories: images of the triangular formation seen prior to 10 pm in Prescott and 杜威, and images of the 10 pm Phoenix 事件。 All known images were produced using a variety of commercially available camcorders and cameras. There are no known images taken by equipment designed for scientific analysis, nor are there any known images taken using high powered optics or night vision equipment.
飞碟的倡导者吉姆·迪莱托索（Jim Dilettoso）声称曾表演过“spectral analysis”的照片和视频图像证明了这些光不是由人工来源产生的。 Dilettoso声称使用了名为“Image Pro Plus”（确切版本未知）以确定各种摄影和视频图像中红色，绿色和蓝色的数量，并构建数据的直方图，
然后将其与几张已知为耀斑的照片进行比较。但是，有几个消息来源指出，无法完全根据摄影或视频图像来确定光源的光谱特征，因为胶片和电子设备会通过改变可见光谱中的色相来固有地改变光源的光谱特征，光谱学专家认为他的说法在科学上是无效的。普通的照相设备还消除了可见光谱之外的光（例如红外和紫外光），这对于完整的光谱分析是必需的。的制造者“Image Pro Plus”Media Cybernetic表示，其软件无法执行光谱分析。
In comparison, there are few known images of the Prescott/Dewey lights. KSAZ reported that an individual named Richard Curtis took a detailed video that purportedly showed the outline of a 空间 craft, but that the video had been lost. 的only other known video is of poor quality and shows a group of lights with no craft visible.
的second event was the set of nine lights falling behind the Sierra Estrella, a mountain ridge to the southwest of Phoenix, at around 10pm. This was also observed by numerous people who may have thought they were seeing the same lights as those reported earlier.
的second event has been more thoroughly covered by the media, due in part to the military’s backing of the 说明. 的USAF explained the second event as slow falling, long burning flares dropped by an A-10 Warthog aircraft 上 a training exercise over Luke Air Force Base. An investigation by Luke AFB itself also came to this conclusion and declared the case solved.
On April 22, 2008, a resident of Phoenix told a newspaper that the lights were nothing more than his neighbor releasing helium balloons with flares attached (photo left). This was confirmed by a police helicopter. 的following day a Phoenix resident who declined to be identified in news reports stated he had attached flares to helium balloons and released them from his back yard.
Even so, air-traffic controllers apparently did not register the strange objects 上 radar. Although descriptions of the array of lights differed, 上 e overriding characteristic prevailed: 的craft was massive; it was a solid object, not merely lights; and it often appeared to be low in the sky, blocking out the stars behind it.
When I was a young serviceman stationed at Holloman AFB NM, A friend and I saw this. It was 1981 and we were coming back from Elpaso TX at Night. 的Lights went from 上 e to five, and then back again before disappearing. 的new car we were driving refused to go over 55mph with the gas pedal 上 the floor at the time of the sighting, but was ok after the lights disappeared. 1997 is not the first
I was at a drive in movie. when it passed over Tucson. 的air base is just less than a mile from the drive in. Maybe ten minutes later two a-10&39号飞机飞越西岸，然后一架c-125飞越东岸，'t usually fly around here at that time of night. 的base must have seen it also.