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IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an unidentified flying object that left some Kingsburgh residents awestruck and dumbfounded this week.
Yuran Maharaj, who lives near Illovo beach, said:
“It was about 8pm on Wednesday. I noticed flashes of light out over the ocean. They were quite far in and quite far up in the sky. The flashes appeared intermittently and lasted between 15 and 30 seconds, for about an hour.”
Maharaj said the sightings resembled lightning strikes, but shot upwards, sideways and sometimes downwards.
“It was a clear, cloudless night, but you couldn’t define the objects,” Maharaj, a medical doctor, said.
Maharaj called his mother, son and wife to come and see for themselves.
“I’m a man of science and don’t consume alcohol or any of those things. My wife is an optometrist, so she sees things clearly. They all saw it.”
Still mystified, the Maharajes alerted one of their neighbours, Shelan Padayachee, who lives about five houses away.
Padayachee said: “My first thought was that it was a military exercise, but if that was the case, then the lights would be shooting up.
“This wasn’t coming off the sea – it was, like, off the clouds.”
Soon, Maharaj and Padayachee spread the news and other neighbours were standing on their patios, trying to make sense of it.
“The whole thing is a flipping mystery,” Maharaj said.