Stockton on Tees-27th March 2013

Location of Sighting: Stockton on Tees
Date of Sighting: 27th March 2013
Time: about 3am
Witness Name: M

Witness Statement: I just wanted to report a strange event that happened in the early hours of this morning and wondered if anyone else noticed the same thing.

I was awake from about 2.40am for at least an hour or so. I’m guessing this happened at about 3am while I was trying to get back to sleep. There was a very bright, white flash but not like lightning. It was like a bright light that stayed on for about 2 seconds then went off. At the same time all the street lights outside went off as though there was a power cut. There was no thunder and the lights came back on after about 5-6 seconds.

The strange thing was that usually if there’s a power cut our digital clocks are reset and flashing but when I woke up they were showing the correct time. Also the clocks on my oven and heating were not reset either. After a power cut I always have to reset the time on them.

It could have been lightning but it just seemed different and there was no thunder to accompany it (not that unusual though). A short power cut is a possibility but what’s making me feel this is unusual is the bright light first, then the fact that none of the clocks or appliances behaved the way they do when there’s a power outage.

If anyone saw the same thing please add to this. Thanks.


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Updated: March 27, 2013 — 9:29 pm


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  1. Hi M

    I’m a Ufologist from Hartlepool Researching and investigating UFO activity if it was possible I would like to hear more about your sighting my email is hope to hear from you soon.

    Glen Richardson

  2. Hi M first off i cant explain the flash of light but i can explain the street lights going out, its because thay have a censor on the top if you look! Thats how thay work, thay go off when it gets dark and come on when it gets light hence why thay went out. ive never seen lightning do this so it must have been very bright. hope this helps.

  3. Spot on Charlie for coming up with this. Never thought of that and you are right lightning would never do this. So there must have been a substantial bright light to activate the lights to go off. One theory could be a brilliant meteor flash but this surely would have been reported widely if that brilliant. Very interesting sighting. Am sure this light would have been captured by local CCTV. Worth checking locally maybe through local press. Ask at a local shop if they have anything on their camera footage even.

  4. Hi Charlie

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it would explain perfectly why the street lights went out without a power outage.

    Yes, the light was extremely bright, not like a quick flash of lightning but like a very bright white light switched on for a few seconds, then off. The whole room was lit up, it was a very intense light.


  5. I had a similar experience a few weeks ago . I was in bed, just dozing off , and saw the ceiling light up and the reflection of a very bright light in the mirror opposite the window . My first thought was that it must have been car headlights , but it was far too bright ,and high , for that and did not travel across the way they do ! Also no sound of a car engine . I’d never seen anything like that before , but it has happened twice now in the last few weeks . Both have been somewhere between 12 and 12.30. I would love to have any explanation !

  6. Most electrical systems have an anti-surge protection built in, which would explain the lights going off briefly after a lightning strike.

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