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23/03/2011 - Wexford, Ireland - Flash Of Light Incident

Birmingham UFO Group Report
Originally forwarded by Richard Hall
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 24/04/2011

In late March 2011, Mark Murphy from Wexford in Ireland had a sighting of a strange flash of light in the night sky. He is unsure whether this flash was UFO related or not, but decided to get in touch with me via Richard Halls website to report it anyway.

Incident Details

It was 9.38pm on 23rd March 2011. Mark was walking between his house and his studio. It was a very clear night with good visibility and the stars fully visible. The moon was not in sight at the time. He suddenly noticed something out of the corner of his eye up in the sky. He quickly looked and noticed a strange oval shaped flash of white light. It only lasted a split second but was quite unlike anything he had seen before. Mark was puzzled by what he had seen, but did not tell anyone else about the incident.

Incident Analysis

Mark was certain that the flash he saw was not a meteorite, he sees these all the time as where he lives is quite remote. He has also seen the international space station on numerous occasions and knows how to recognise it. There is no light pollution. He lives out on farmland 15 miles to the nearest town, so the flash could not have been caused by a searchlight or laser light from a night club. It was a clear night sky so the flash could not have been caused by sheet lightning. If it was a helicopter or aircraft at high altitude then it would have continued to be visible, not just flashed for a brief moment.

The only other suggestions I have that may explain the flash would be either a piece of space debris briefly caught in the sun’s rays, or unusual atmospheric light phenomenon. However neither of these suggestions really explain what was seen to a sufficient level, I cannot say for certain what caused the flash. We cannot rule out the possibility that it was caused by a UFO, however there is nothing really that suggests that it was.

Copyright Dave Hodrien 2011

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