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20/08/2012 & 21/08/2012 - Cannock - Blue Line UFO & Blue Flashes Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 17/09/2012


Usually when a UFO sighting occurs it is an individual incident. It is very rare for sightings to occur in the same location on multiple occasions. However this is precisely what happened in Cannock on the 20th and 21st August 2012, where Daniel Gannon and his friends witnessed some very unusual blue lights in the night sky. While the two sightings were quite different to each other, there are some interesting aspects which suggest they may be linked. This report covers both incidents in depth.

For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used for some witnesses

20/08/2012 – Blue Line

At 11.25pm on the evening of 20th August 2012, Daniel and his friends Simon, Harry and Ben were out walking their dogs, as they tend to do most evenings. It was a clear and still evening, with a temperature of around 12 degrees Celsius. They were walking along Williamson Avenue in Cannock.

Aerial map of Williamson Avenue:

Daniel was looking up at the stars as they walked along the road. After about two minutes, without warning something strange appeared in the sky to the South. Daniel saw what appeared to be a diagonal dark blue glowing line in the sky. At one end of the line was a shorter straight trail glowing a brighter blue colour. It was hard to judge the size or distance of the line, but it was at an angle of about 60 degrees in the sky from his location.

Witness drawing of the blue line:

The object/light moved straight downwards very fast. It then stopped moving and levelled out. As it did so the bright blue trail appeared to vanish. It remained stationary for a further second then suddenly blinked out. Daniel exclaimed “Wow did you see that?!” But his friends had not been looking in the right direction so had not seen it. Daniel explained what he had witnessed. All four men waited a while staring at the sky, but the object did not reappear.

This is a very unusual sighting. What could this strange blue glowing line have been? The most obvious explanation we should first look into would be some kind of blue laser beam. However there are various factors which do not fit with this explanation. Firstly laser beams are rarely blue in colour; they generally tend to be green or red. If it was a laser beam it would have to have been quite strong as it was at a high angle in the sky. So it would have had to have come from somewhere such as a nightclub. However nightclubs are not allowed to use lasers due to the danger of blinding people, they can only use searchlights. Also Cannock is quite a rural area and there are no known nightclubs near to the location where the sighting took place. If it was a laser from the ground it would also have been visible right down to ground level, not just in the sky. Also there would have been no reason for it to have only been activated for a couple of seconds, it would surely have been on for a much longer period of time.