CARLSBORG — Was it Elon Musk’s brainchild or a UFO?
Someone in this unincorporated community west of Sequim reported seeing a string of lights in the sky Friday morning that were noted as an unidentified flying object on the call-for-service dispatch log for Clallam County first-responders.
UFO sightings describing exactly that are being reported around the world as technology magnate Elon Musk continues to launch his Starlink Internet satellites, 1,000 of which his SpaceX aerospace company has blasted into the earth’s orbit so far, according to a Jan. 29 cnbc.com news report.
“I think that the UFO call might be Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite constellation,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Amy Bundy in an email Saturday.
“I had a friend of mine tell me she saw it the other morning.”
The male caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing the lights at 10:27 a.m. Friday, according to the dispatch log.
The caller sent a photo to sheriff’s office Deputy Eric Morris, who deleted it “because there wasn’t anything to see in the photo sent,” Morris said Saturday in an email.
“The reporting party told me there was a strange light seen high in the sky way above where any aircraft would fly though lower than the stars that moved west to east/northeast in a straight line at jet speed from horizon to horizon without audible sound,” he said.
Morris said there might have been a speck of light in the upper left corner of the photo.
“The speck could have been a dust particle on his lens,” he said.
Bundy said there were no other reports of UFOs Friday morning, nor have there been recent sightings.
“I’ve gotten calls like that for people literally shooting flares off on their property,” she said.
Musk’s satellites have been prompting UFO reports all over the world because of how they move in a line, according to an abc4.com news report.
“But, it’s not aliens this time. Just another high tech project unexpectedly surprising people all over the world,” it said.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].