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The Phoenix Mountains are a mountain range located in central Phoenix, Arizona. With the exception of Mummy Mountain, they are part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve along with South Mountain. The Phoenix Lights (sometimes referred to as the "lights over Phoenix") were a series of widely sighted optical phenomena (generally unidentified flying objects) that occurred in the skies over the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, and the Mexican state of Sonora on March 13, 1997. A repeat of the lights occurred February 6, 2007, and was filmed by the local Fox News TV station. A similar incident occurred April 21, 2008. This incident was later revealed to be prank–flares attached to helium balloons. Lights of varying descriptions were seen by thousands of people between 19:30 and 22:30 MST, in a space of about 300 miles, from the Nevada line, through Phoenix, to the edge of Tucson. There were two distinct events involved in the incident: a triangular formation of lights seen to pass over the state, and a series of stationary lights seen in the Phoenix area. The United States Air Force (USAF) identified the second group of lights as flares dropped by A-10 Warthog aircraft which were on training exercises at the Barry Goldwater Range in southwest Arizona. Witnesses claim to have observed a huge carpenter's square-shaped UFO, containing lights or possibly light-emitting engines. Fife Symington, the governor at the time, was one witness to this incident. They serve as a municipal park and offer hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails at a variety of different access points.Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, on a rare cloudy day, from South Mountain, looking north. From the summit of this "metamorphic core complexmetamorphic core complex" one can see great distances across the Valley of the Sun, and even south to the mountains above Tucson. The rock forming the peaks in the foreground is granodioritegranodiorite of TertiaryTertiary age. North Mountain is barely visible just behind and to the left of the tall buildings.