Tinley Park Lights Phenomenon Turns 17 – Patch.com

TINLEY PARK, IL — For years, one question has lingered in the minds of many in Tinley Park: “What was that in the sky?”

On Aug. 21, 2004, people in Tinley Park, Orland Park, Frankfort, Oak Forest, Mokena and Evergreen Park reported sightings of three lights in the sky, in a triangular pattern. Some who saw the lights watched in awe, while others called police — but to this day, all who saw the triangle formation in the sky still don’t know what it was.

The lights have been seen multiple times over the years. These sightings became so well-known they were dubbed the “Tinley Park Lights.” The History Channel even featured Tinley’s lights on an episode of UFO Hunters in 2008. A 2015 map purported to show that the south suburbs was a hot bed for sightings.

Tinley Park, alone, has been home to at least 168 sightings of unknown lights in the sky between 2001 and 2015. There have been so many that Tinley Park has become famous for its sightings.

Fast-forward to June 25, 2021, The Office of The Director of National Intelligence released a Preliminary assessment report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP). The report did not confirm or deny what UAPs are, and to many who follow and research ufology, it also didn’t show anything new.

The sightings still intrigue many, including Tinley Park resident Michael Newren, who witnessed the Tinley Park Lights in August 2004. Newren contacted Patch in early spring, and assisted on what is now our Patch documentary, “The Lights.”

For the documentary, Patch sat down with witnesses who shared their experiences, including Tinley Park Police Officer Greg King, who was on duty the night he saw the lights. Patch also spoke with Sam Maranto, director of the Illinois Mutual UFO Network and Christopher Impey, an astronomy professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, who explained the UAP report.

The documentary will be fully released on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Watch Patch’s trailer for “The Lights” here or below:

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