Reports are that a loud boom or series of booms last night came from Navy training exercises, but numerous people on the Outer Banks also reported seeing bright orbs rising above the ocean at about the same time.
Speculation about the lights has ranged from Chinese lanterns released from the beach to helicopters and hovering Osprey aircraft operating offshore.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we feel confident in reporting that they were not UFOs.
Ed Beckley, who lives in Nags Head and has a good vantage point from his house on a dune line near Jockey’s Ridge, said he saw the lights from his top floor after hearing the boom.
“Very quickly there were six of seven of them,” Beckley wrote in an e-mail. “Four of them formed a square formation. Another one was north and higher than them, and another one was just south and lower. . . .