Several Californians in a neighborhood in southwest Bakersfield have reported spotting a bright blue UFO at night. They say they have seen it twice, once on February 14, and then again, a month later, on March 14. Some of them have even got video of the object.
Witnesses described the mysterious light as very bright and blue. Some said it made weird movements in the sky before disappearing. Several witnesses also saw what appeared to be a flash of light near the object. The flash was described as looking like lightening, but one witness says he and his wife captured the flash of light on video (seen in the 23ABC news report above) and it does not look like lightening to them.
Kelly Castruita says she first spotted the light when she was taking out the trash. She told the local ABC affiliate, 23ABC, “I thought, that’s kinda bright to be a star, I’ve never seen a blue star be that bright.”
Her husband, Jeff, also witnessed the light. He says he watched for 10 minutes, while it was “doing weird stuff.” He added, “it would turn on and off and it would disappear.”
Another witness, Randy Gabriel, told 23ABC, “It pretty much flew, stopped, then started doing some upward motion and downward motion, so I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Witnesses described the object as moving just above the skyline to the northwest, stopping occasionally to make strange movements. Movements that the witnesses say are unlike anything they have seen before.
“We’ll see the police helicopters once in a while, or an airplane go by, but nothing like this,” said Ricardo Pantoja, another Bakersfield resident who spotted the object.
“It wasn’t a regular airplane or a drone, it was much bigger than what a drone would be, especially at that distance,” Pantoja added.
Kelly Castruita agreed with Pantoja. She says, “It looked way too high up in the sky to be a drone.”
23ABC reporter Lindsey Adams says the neighbors believe the blue UFO is extraterrestrial.
In the videos, a blue light can be seen, but the video is shaking, so the movement of the UFO is difficult to determine. The flash of light can also be seen in one of the videos. It appears to the left of the object, and also appears to be blue, although witnesses described it as white.
Jeff Castruita told 23ABC, “It looked like lightening, but there were no clouds in the sky, then all of a sudden we just didn’t see it anymore and it was gone.”
Adams took the videos to the Kern County Sherriff’s Department, who works closely with the local airport.
Senior Deputy Victor Keesey told Adams, “I’m not aware of any calls that we’ve received regarding any blue lights, or strange lights in that area. Very seldom, if ever, have I seen anything like it. However, we are in the age of drones now, obviously we have military drones, but we have civilian drones now and drones for purchase, so that is a possibility.”
23ABC says they also got in touch with Edwards Air Force Base, which is about 80 miles southwest of Bakersfield. They were told that the base had “not received any calls about the light, but officials mentioned it could be a possible aurora in the sky, or possible testing from Vandenberg.”
UFOs are no strangers to Bakersfield. In fact, President Ronald Reagan said he saw a UFO over Bakersfield when he was still governor of California in 1974. Reagan told Norman C. Miller about the incident. Miller was then Washington Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal and later became editor of the Los Angeles Times.
“I was in a plane last week when I looked out the window and saw this white light,” Reagan told Miller. “It was zigzagging around. I went up to the pilot and said, ‘Have you seen anything like that before?’ He was shocked and said, ‘Nope.’ And I said to him: ‘Let’s follow it!’ We followed it for several minutes… to Bakersfield, and all of a sudden to our utter amazement it went straight up into the heavens.”
This was one of a couple UFO sightings Reagan claimed to have had.
We’ll keep an eye on news coming out of Bakersfield to find out if the object is spotted again next week, on April 14, and let you know if we find anything. No doubt the locals will be keeping their eyes on the sky.