There was initial confusion as the officers in Saint Helens described the light to Askins. They claimed it was bobbing up and down. Askins insisted that the light he saw was stationary. Later, it was proved that the light the officers saw during the first moments of the sighting from the courthouse was a manmade light on Sauvie Island across the river. Fog, variable that night, had created the bobbing effect. Finally, understanding their confusion, the officers turned and looked to the south. There was the light Askins was watching! It was low and standing out starkly over the river where there were few, and only then, faint lights.
Askins had heard the light emitting an eerie, extremely loud sound, and the officers set up a portable tape recorder 18 inches from their police radio to record their conversation and the sound, should it recur. Askins volunteered to dangle his CB microphone out of the window of the rented house he was in so that he could transmit the sound to the officers. The police drove to a nearby high bluff that gave them an excellent view.
“Hey, Lucky! We’ve got a tape recorder sitting here by our radio whenever you’re ready. We’ll keep her running. If it starts up again, just key up and we’ll record a little bit of it.”
“I just don’t want you to think we had a screw loose.”
“Sometimes I wonder.”
“Oh, go to bed!”
“Now all it is is just an orange glow. That’s all I can see.”
“It’s like the sun is just coming up.”
“It better not be. It’s awfully early.”
“Awfully early for the sun. I don’t think the sun would just be in that one spot.”
And then at approximately 4:29 a.m., the light emitted the sound. What you are about to hear is the actual sound of an Unidentified Flying Object, only one of a few that are known to the public.