UFOs and Blackouts in Southern Spain
UFOs and Blackouts in Southern Spain
By Jose M. García Bautista
It promised to be a normal day. The date was November 24, 2002 (a Sunday) and it was daybreak throughout the entire Guadalquivir lowlands, from Coria del Rio to Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the coast. It was barely 7:30 a.m. when two strange reddish lights became visible over Seville’s Aljarafe district. Standing out among the first lights of the day, the two odd lights shifted their colors two a pronounced green. They were visible for a seemingly endless number of minutes over the facilities of the Sevillana de Electricidad – Grupo Endesa power company, yet no one knew of their origin or provenance. It was simply certain that they could not be of human manufacture, to judge by their angular and oscillating movements. The lights were perfectly visible in the sky, executing a strange dance over the place, motivated by very particular and unknown circumstances. Diego Fuentes, 59, a restorer of historic Seville and restaurateur, said the following to Año Cero magazine: “It could be no later than 7:30 in the morning and I was on my way into Seville when I clearly saw two oval lights with a very strong red hue over the transformer unit that supplies electricity to the Coria del Rio, Palomares, Puebla del Rio and other areas...they were clear and executed a circular movement over the area. They must’ve been high up – some 2000 meters – and must’ve been large. It was shocking to see the strange way in which they moved...they remained over the site for a few moments, perhaps a minute or a little more. I called my wife from my cellphone and asked her if she could see something from our home, and she was also able to see it, wondering what they could be. The fact is that I’ve never believed in UFOs or anything like them, but I think those things were either classified in nature or completely unknown...”
Our witness’s sighting – and those by others in the area – would have been merely another UFO event in an area as important as Seville’s Aljarafe district, had it not been for the blackouts that occurred throughout the entire Guadalquivir region: blackouts that affected a segment of the population of these communities to the astonishment of Sevillana de Electricidad’s technicians, who were not recording any anomalies whatsoever as the causes of the power outages.
At 8:00 a.m., two enigmatic red lights were seen in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) which were also visible from the neighboring town of Lebrija. Juan Huertas and Emilio Durán had arrived in Sanlúcar that morning on business when they saw the following near the facilities of the electric utility: “We got to Sanlúcar at around 8 in the morning, as we had a business appointment at 9 a.m. and it’s always best to arrive early and have a leisurely breakfast. We entered the town and could see two strange red lights moving in circles over the transformer units. The lights pulsed slowly, changing from red to a light shade of blue. It was nearly daytime and it could be that their hue was even more blue. When they were red, they stood out clearly. They were over the place and could be seen from afar, from the road that links Trebujena with Sanlúcar. As you approached the town, though, it became more evident that they were directly over the place. They were circular, although somewhat elongated, perhaps some 3000 to 4000 meters from the surface, but could be clearly seen. They oscillated, but made abnormal straight-line movements every so often that were startling. It was all very weird. The whole thing lasted some 8 to 9 minutes at most, using the time from the highway (C-441) and entering the town as a reference. It was a Sunday, with very few people about. Just us and our car, on our way to an untimely appointment on this day of the week. No sooner did we hit the downtown area than the streetlights went out...we entered a bar and the lights were out. The time was about 8:15 and no power at all. It simply went out.”
Truly, and according to official sources, the lights went out at 8:08 a.m. on November 24 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, affecting nearby communities such as La Jara, where the entire town lost power. Technicians began restoring electricity to the city an hour later, around 9:11 a.m., with the service being fully restored at 11:00 a.m. without the failure being ascribed to any particular reason or apparent technical cause. The CCR officially considered the power outage corrected at 11:20 a.m. without ever really establishing the cause...although the lights over the transformer units in the town could be a suggestion of a UFO activity that played a decisive role in the “abduction” of electricity from local towns. They can be classified as “unidentified” in the sense that all possible explanations used to reach a rational answer to the phenomenon have proven inapplicable (atmospheric, meteorological (weather was fair), astronomical, military, aviation...)
There appears to be a strange cause-and-effect relationship between UFO sightings over power plants or transformer units and subsequent blackouts. A strange cause that sucks the facility dry without knowing how or why, but whose consequences are faced by entire communities. An addiction, a need for extra energy or electrical experiments? As in so many other occasions, we have more questions than answers. Only one thing is certain: the unidentified were there.
(Translation (c) 2011, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology)