The mysterious object that multiple witnesses captured on camera was described as three red lights that hovered in formation and dropped bright, white-colored objects. Andrew Smith, an artist from Lehi, Utah, now claims responsibility for the strange lights in the sky. Smith told local ABC affiliate, ABC 4 News, “It was just for fun, it wasn’t meant to be a hoax, and it just turned into one.” The artist claims to experiment with lights and flares. Smith stated, “Let’s just say I use helium and it’s not Chinese lanterns up there nor planes with LED lights,” but he refuses to reveal exactly how he got the lights in the sky. The reason he provides for not revealing his secret is that he likes a little “skepticism and mystery.”
This failure to substantiate his claim leaves room for doubt.