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Mysterious lights were seen Thursday night north of Austin over Brushy Creek and Cat Hallow.
The video was sent to FOX 7 by Gus McGiven. He was hanging out with his friend Kyle Gomez near Cat Hallow in Round Rock. “In real life, when you love, it’s so much brighter than it really is,” Kyle Gomez said.
Another person, Emily White, said she and a friend were near Brushy Creek near Cedar Park at the time and also recorded a video clip of the lights.
Here are the strange lights captured in the Austin sky:
“It was fascinating, honestly. He was so quiet because if it was a light, he might have thought, ‘Oh, a helicopter, a plane, something like that.’ But as if there were so many of them together,” White said.
FOX 7 asked White if he was wondering if he was having a close encounter.
“I’ll be honest, more or less. I don’t know if I believe in all that, but I don’t know. Maybe, I hear a lot in America that those kinds of things happen. I think it’s just because he didn’t make any noise, which I thought was really weird. But yeah, I definitely, definitely felt like it was like an alien invasion or something,” White said.
Gus McGiven and Kyle Gomez also answered some questions. “I’ve never believed in UFOs or anything like that, but I mean, I could, I could now. I don’t know, I’m not sure,” McGiven said.
The “UFOs” may actually have been UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.
“I would have to say that there is nothing extraterrestrial involved in this. But I’m not saying that can’t be a possibility,” said drone expert Gene Robinson.
Robinson, who lives in Wimberley, trains drone pilots and flies various types of UAV platforms. He reviewed the video sent to FOX 7.
“My initial take on this is that this is very likely a drone-based phenomenon,” Robinson said.
At one point, the lights of a video clip went out. Some people assume that what was in the air was projected by a laser. But Robinson noted that there doesn’t seem to be anything for a laser to reflect off of.
“That is quite unlikely. So, I still think it may be someone testing their DIY drone swarm,” Robinson told The New York Post.
A swarm of drones is a great light show. They began to “take flight” about 2 years ago. Drone swarms can fill the sky, like the ones that flew over Shanghai in 2020. Galveston had one for a July 4 event.
The FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, requires an exemption to fly at night, especially in a swarm configuration. Agency officials say they are checking to see if a waiver has been granted.
Round Rock police say they did not receive any calls about the lights.
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