The truth is out there: "mysterious lights" turn out to be drone show test

No, it wasn't a coordinated attack by UFOs. A Flint Township, MI woman, Kaylin Adams, was driving north on I-75 returning home when she noticed "mysterious lights" in the sky. The sight was so impressive that Adams and other motorists pulled over to watch the lights, and Adams captured video of the floating colored lights. Her video grabbed over 200,000 views and 5,700 shares on Facebook, but it turns out the lights were 30 drones being tested for a drone show.

 From home video by Kaylin Adams

From home video by Kaylin Adams

Kyle Dorosz is the CEO of Firefly Drone Shows, and his company was testing custom-built drones at the Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field located just off of the interstate highway. Firefly has an agreement with the Cloud Hoppers and also with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to use the field. The drone shows are pre-designed and choreographed with a computer, similar to the drone swarms that entertained attendees of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

While the drones are controlled by computer, Firefly Drone Shows has two pilots and two visual observers on hand for safety reasons. Dorosz said that he was "shocked" to hear about the viral video, saying "We feel so small in that field and we feel like we're the only ones who can see the drones."  It turns out that this was the first time that Firefly had tested the drones at night.

The current display uses just 30 drones, but Firefly wants to expand to 200 this summer.