Mysterious East Valley lights explained

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Some strange lights seen in the night sky had a more down-to-Earth reason behind them. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow/3TV/CBS 5) Some strange lights seen in the night sky had a more down-to-Earth reason behind them. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow/3TV/CBS 5)
Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow) Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow)
Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow) Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow)
Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow) Strange lights over the East Valley. (Source: Reddit user Sporeshadow)
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QUEEN CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Monday night, people in the East Valley saw something strange, a sparkling ribbon of light seemed to move as a unit across the sky. 

It caused many to turn their eyes upward and wonder, what was it?

Some speculated UFOs or military exercises. The reality is much more festive. 

"Every year we have a Christmas party for the Arizona Gilbert Mission, which is part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," said president Steven Lowder. 

President Lowder says for the last five years their party has included the launching of about 400 silver balloons, each carrying an LED light and the name of a newly baptized person. 

"It makes an amazing view in the sky, it's heartwarming, wonderful missionaries who are there singing Silent Night as they're going up," said Lowder. 

Usually, the balloons don't cause much of a stir. But this year, because of the way the wind carried them, they caught people's attention and curiosity. 

"We hope that people will be looking for it next year and that it will remind them of the light of Christ," said Lowder. 

Lowder says he didn't find out about the confusion surrounding the lights until Tuesday morning and wanted to set the record straight. 

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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