Back in the Spring of 1997 a group of kids from my neighborhood were looking up at the night sky observing the Hale Bopp comet.
After a while, we started to notice a red and white dot circling around each other making sudden movements in every direction like no aircraft I have ever seen or have ever seen since.
At one point, they merged into one then shot out 3 smaller objects, although we couldn't tell whether it was a craft because they just appeared to be balls of light.
This went on for a couple of hours.
Right before the lights disappeared they accelerated at lightning fast speed into the darkness.
We all went home terrified of what we saw.
The next day on the front page of our small hometown paper, it said it received several calls.
The explanation they gave was that the local airport was testing aircraft.
To this day, whenever I see my friends that were there that night, we'll sometimes talk about it.
None of us can be sure what were saw but none of us have ever seen anything like it.