UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Mystery of flashing lights over Dorset landmark

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Mystery of flashing lights over Dorset landmark

UFOs in Dorset? Mystery lights on Zig Zag Hill near Shaftesbury. Picture:Mark Lichensteiger

UFOs in Dorset? Mystery lights on Zig Zag Hill near Shaftesbury. Picture: Mark Lichensteiger

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COULD these lights be proof of an extra-terrestrial visit to Dorset?

Echo reader Mark Lichtensteiger snapped the pictures and this video when he stopped at the beauty spot overlooking Zig Zag Hill.

He said: “At first I thought it was some sort of helicopter display or formation but when the lights disappeared there was absolutely nothing there.

“They came back on and then kept flashing on and off, all at different times.

“There must have been five or six lights, which were all stationary in the sky.”

Mr Lichtensteiger, of Gillingham, said he was ‘baffled’ by what the lights could have been.

“I’ve asked a few people, and even checked it out with the Army, but no one seems to know.

“It does fuel your imagination a bit.”

He added that the lights, which were sighted at the beauty spot near Shaftesbury, attracted a lot of attention from passers-by, who stopped to have a look.

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2:27pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Duckorange says...

Betteridge's Law in action. Any newspaper headline which asks a question will be answered by the word "No"
Betteridge's Law in action. Any newspaper headline which asks a question will be answered by the word "No" Duckorange
  • Score: 4

3:03pm Sun 4 Aug 13

CoogarUK.com says...

Chinese lanterns off to set fire to a poor unsuspecting victim?
Chinese lanterns off to set fire to a poor unsuspecting victim? CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Crimbo says...

I've seen this before - it's para gliders circling with their wings catching the sunlight then as they change angle looking as if they've disappeared - nothing alien of paranormal - just the human brain's ability to fool itself into seeing what it wants to see, or what it's told to see :-)
I've seen this before - it's para gliders circling with their wings catching the sunlight then as they change angle looking as if they've disappeared - nothing alien of paranormal - just the human brain's ability to fool itself into seeing what it wants to see, or what it's told to see :-) Crimbo
  • Score: 3

8:39pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Genghis says...

Do these photos of a Dorset landmark show there is extra-terrestrial life out there? As others have said, no it doesn't. It shows some unidentified lights. Only a complete idiot would then take the giant leap as to say that this proves alien lifeforms are visiting the Earth.
Do these photos of a Dorset landmark show there is extra-terrestrial life out there? As others have said, no it doesn't. It shows some unidentified lights. Only a complete idiot would then take the giant leap as to say that this proves alien lifeforms are visiting the Earth. Genghis
  • Score: 11

11:32pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Kaptain_Von says...

Greetings Earth maggots! I am Zarrquon, galactic high emperor, dark lord of the Quartzvoid, guardian of the nine gates of Quarrrmm, slayer of the purulent hordes of ZZyXX'll. We are here to eat your women and do unmentionable things to your cattle. Take us to your...oh hang on, this isn't Washington DC is it? Terribly sorry, don't mind us. Ok lads, back to the mothership!
Greetings Earth maggots! I am Zarrquon, galactic high emperor, dark lord of the Quartzvoid, guardian of the nine gates of Quarrrmm, slayer of the purulent hordes of ZZyXX'll. We are here to eat your women and do unmentionable things to your cattle. Take us to your...oh hang on, this isn't Washington DC is it? Terribly sorry, don't mind us. Ok lads, back to the mothership! Kaptain_Von
  • Score: 27

11:50pm Sun 4 Aug 13

westbaywonder says...

These are orbs of light ,circling over Dorsets yearly bohemian grove meeting where all the local big wigs and council elite meet to decide the future for us, there lowly subjects and servants.
These are orbs of light ,circling over Dorsets yearly bohemian grove meeting where all the local big wigs and council elite meet to decide the future for us, there lowly subjects and servants. westbaywonder
  • Score: -5

9:28am Mon 5 Aug 13

peskykat says...

Sounds like the usual gathering of Chinese Lanterns ?
Sounds like the usual gathering of Chinese Lanterns ? peskykat
  • Score: 1

7:57pm Mon 5 Aug 13

woodsedge says...

It is a visit from extraterrestrial life forms, word as gotten around the galaxy about Poundbury!
It is a visit from extraterrestrial life forms, word as gotten around the galaxy about Poundbury! woodsedge
  • Score: -1

12:12pm Tue 6 Aug 13

ballstoit says...

They had to remain hovering - actually parking in Weymouth was just too expensive, even for Alien life.
They had to remain hovering - actually parking in Weymouth was just too expensive, even for Alien life. ballstoit
  • Score: 14

12:13pm Tue 6 Aug 13

ballstoit says...

Whoops.. assumed Weymouth. I should have known better given there are no chavs in the photos.
Whoops.. assumed Weymouth. I should have known better given there are no chavs in the photos. ballstoit
  • Score: -2

3:00pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Alphabbett says...

Light refracting in the atmosphere during sun-set. Looks cool but nothing amazing unfortunately.
Light refracting in the atmosphere during sun-set. Looks cool but nothing amazing unfortunately. Alphabbett
  • Score: -8

12:36pm Thu 8 Aug 13

westbaywonder says...

The powers that be will know what they are from drone images.
Drones?
Yes drones,they are being widely used in this country now (fact) so if the reporter of this story cares to contact the MOD,she may be lucky and have the puzzle solved.

Any readers have any photos of chem-trails?
The powers that be will know what they are from drone images. Drones? Yes drones,they are being widely used in this country now (fact) so if the reporter of this story cares to contact the MOD,she may be lucky and have the puzzle solved. Any readers have any photos of chem-trails? westbaywonder
  • Score: -4

4:10pm Thu 8 Aug 13

Howlin Wolf says...

Dons foil helmet to reflect mind rays from evil drones ...
Dons foil helmet to reflect mind rays from evil drones ... Howlin Wolf
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Thu 8 Aug 13

marabout says...

The Army use the Salisbury Plain training area to exercise their Unmanned Air Vehicles (or Drones). But they wouldn't launch 3 or 4 of them together in a formation such as pictured here.

However, Helicopters from Yeovilton or Boscombe Down or Middle Wallop, often practice formation flying and so that could be them.
The Army use the Salisbury Plain training area to exercise their Unmanned Air Vehicles (or Drones). But they wouldn't launch 3 or 4 of them together in a formation such as pictured here. However, Helicopters from Yeovilton or Boscombe Down or Middle Wallop, often practice formation flying and so that could be them. marabout
  • Score: 0

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