Summer 2001/2002

Received: April 1, 2004

Osbourne Village, Manitoba

I recently heard an archived interview with you and Whitley Strieber. You mentioned an incident that involved some sort of beam of light appearing in the sky over BC. This was a mass sighting. I would like to add my 2 cents.

I currently live in Vancouver, but at the time I was studying graphic design in Winnipeg. More accurately I was between school years. It was sometime in the summer of 2001 or 2002. Three of my friends and I were in a part of the city just south of the downtown core know as Osbourne village. We were walking north through the parking lot of Shoppers Drug Mart. It was a warm, hazy summer night. Cloudless, but the sky was orange-pink with the glow of city lights. There were alot of people around at that time of night in that part of town.

Suddenly this enormous beam of light appeared from horizon to horizon. There was no sense of velocity, it was as if is was turned on, or suddenly became visible. There seemed to be no arc to it either. Just a huge Fluorescent blue-green beam. I had the impression that it was quite far away. At arms length it was about 3.5 inches thick I am not certain how long it was observable but I would approximate the duration was less than one second.

When I saw this, my knees buckled. I do remember that distinctly. I felt absolutely dwarfed by whatever kind of forces were behind this display.

I am a designer working in television. I have an excellent eye for color and proportion and composition. I have served formally as a court artist on several occasions. That said, I would like to send you a full color graphic depicting the event. To the best of my knowledge the color of the sky, the beam and its size relative to the buildings in the graphic are not exaggerations.

Once again, I would like you to see it. I think you may find it interesting.

Additional Information provided by the witness. Below:

There was no sound whatsoever. No pre-cursor flash. I had the impression, and I emphasize impression that it was very far away, perhaps even in space... The size of it was absolutely staggering. And, it was absolutely straight. From what I could tell, there was no variation in intensity along the beam. Shooting stars for instance, have a tail that fades away into nothing. This was solid by comparison.

Horizon to horizon. I have seen neon lights of the same color. That is probably the best way to describe it. A gigantic blue green neon tube in the sky. Again, it was as if something was switched on and then off. Very hard to gauge velocity. It seemed static while we observed it. Soft edged, like laser light in smoke, but very well defined.

For an instant it seemed like the end of the world. A knee-buckler for sure! Mind-bending. I didn't see any other beams that evening, and I am not sure I could have dealt with any more. I have seen meteor showers miles away from any light pollution and I've even seen space debris re-entering the atmosphere, which is quite spectacular. But both of these things seem to move at a snails pace in comparison to thing. I really feel that graphic is an accurate depiction of what we saw that night.

I am fairly certain this event took place in the summer of 2001.

A few notes on how this image was created. I found a photo of Osbourne Village in Winnipeg on a google image search. I have enlarged it, cropped it blurred it compressed some of the low res color information, adjusted the levels and made daytime night. The sky erased and re-rendered an appropriate shade. It bears little resemblance other than basic composition to the original photo, which is a fairly generic tourist eye view of Village. I have blurred the buildings and street partly to compensate for poor quality of the sampled image and partly to emphasize the phenomenon.

This is the intersection of Osbourne and Stradbrook looking north on the west side of the street. This was the nearest vantage point close to our location that I could find on an image search. Our position would have been one and a half blocks north and 30 meters west relative to the perspective shown. We saw the beam behind several high rise apartments (one of which is visible).

Thank you very much to the witness, for both the report and the wonderful graphic of what he saw. This can be found at:

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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