Bar goers who were walking along the streets of that northern city at that time of night craned their necks and gaped at the stellar spectacle, which was even seen as far away as Calama.
The light – a flash of azure color – as it was described by some people were able to see it, crossed the sky from the east before vanishing into the sea.
The event obviously caused a certain degree of concern among residents of Iquique, who even associated the light with the presence of a UFO.
Mario Hernandez, director of ONEMI in the city of Tarapaca, who saw the powerful light, said that “it could be associated with that of an electric storm, but of far greater magnitude.”
He noted that the origin of the luminous object has not yet been established, as it was not picked up on the FACH (Chilean Air Force) or DGAC (General Office of Civil Aeronautics) radar systems.
(Translation (c) 2012, Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)
Source: La Cuarta (newspaper, Chile) Inexplicata