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Date: 24/07/01 Weather: Clear, mild
Equipment: Binoculars, telescope, spotting scopes, (4) camcorders, (4) 35mm cameras, digital camera, EMF detector, flashlights, walkie talkies, cell phones, compass, etc.
We arrived as a group at the 'Ghost Road' at approx. 7:30 pm.The town of Port Perry and surrounding region was completely without power. Members of HRG stationed themselves with telescope at the 1/2 km mark, four of us remained at the intersection with Pine Point, while two others made a trek to a point approx. 2km south of this intersection.
At the 1/2 km mark observations of the 'spooklight' were easily made with the use of a telescope. These were viewed as "large fireballs."
The 'spooklight' was not observed by those at the intersection, which is much lower in elevation as this location is removed from the line of sight.
Those 2km south excitedly reported that they could see the 'ghostlight' from a hill surrounded by field and woods.There is a line of hydro poles running north/south here and the lake even further to the south is easily visible at this location. The 'light' was observed as singular. This was the first time an observation of the 'light' phenomena was observed by our group at a location other than 'Ghost Road'.
We gathered as a group at the 1/2 km mark and a hypothesis to be tested was quickly formulated based on the following: eyewitness testimony and photos taken that the 'spooklight' origin is south of the lake and Scugog Island - the 'spooklight' origin viewed as one single light from this new location would be at a much greater distance than we anticipated or tested through our previous car headlight experiments if in fact car headlights were the cause..
Hypothesis: Cars placed on the W. Quarter Line at a greater distance than previous experiments facing both N. and S with both high beams and lowbeams switched on will in fact be seen as one singular light from Mississaugua's Trail and the newly found observation spot.
Experiment: Group A (Sue, Lisa, Anita, Dee) will observe any and all light activity that occurs from 'Ghost Road' noting time and duration of each.
Group B (Steve, Krys, Jay, Julie) will be on the West Quarter Line shining both high and low beams, and taillights towards the direction of Group A. Group B will also record the time and direction of any other traffic on the West Quarter Line.
Groups A and B will remain in direct communication throughout the experiment via the use of cell phones. Group A and B will simultaneously record experiments with camcorders.
Conclusions: Group A consistently saw displays of the 'spooklight' (repeated over 20 times) while Group B was stationed on the West Quarter Line at a distance of 3.6 km further south than previous experiments conducted in order to test the car headlight hypothesis.Group B deliberately flashed both high and low beams northwards towards the location of 'Ghost Road' at the direct prompting of group A. The true location of origin at a greater distance than previously tested is consistent with the observations of the 'spooklight' as one single light as opposed to two from both 'Ghost Road' and the newly found observation spot. All vehicle lights at this distance will be viewed as singular both with naked eye and optical devices from the 'Ghost road' viewing spots at this distance.
The actual location of origin further explains why the counting of cars on the W. Quarter line proved inconsistent during our previous attempts (they must be positioned at this location) to create the effect seen on 'Ghost Road'.
We have now established the actual origin/causation of the consistent 'spooklight' observed on 'Ghost Road'. Vehicle lights are easily visible over this distance due to refraction and further reflection from the line of hydro poles running N-S and in alignment with the W.Q. line location. Our observations, verifiable experiments, and simultaneous videotaped footage while remaining in direct communication bear this out.
Our thanks to HRG members, Steve Dietrich, and Jay and Julie.