Former Arizona Republican Governor Fife Symington (the 3rd) said that he had witnessed the Phoenix Lights during the 1997 event, but didn’t go public because fear of ridicule. In an interview with the Daily Courier in Prescott, Fife said:
It was enormous and inexplicable. Who knows where it came from? A lot of people saw it, and I saw it too. It was dramatic. And it couldn’t have been flares because it was too symmetrical. It had a geometric outline, a constant shape.
Fife also noted that he did request information from the commander of Luke Air Force Base, the general of the National Guard, and the head of the Department of Public Safety. But none of the officials he contacted had an answer for what had happened, and were also “perplexed.”