September 26, 2013

Augusta restaurant's spotlight prompts UFO reports

Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA — A spotlight to mark the reopening of a Western Avenue restaurant Wednesday was briefly mistaken for a visitor from outer space.

Augusta and state police responded to a report of a UFO hovering over Augusta around 8:30 p.m., said Deputy Chief Jared Mills of the Augusta Police.

Augusta police received two complaints. Two people also reported the sighting to the Kennebec Journal. One of the callers was near the Kennebec River and another near the Shaw’s Plaza on Western Avenue.

Mills said the source of the UFO turned out to be a spotlight being used by Margaritas Mexican Restaurant to celebrate its reopening.

“I was at Margaritas eating dinner with my family and can verify it was a light and not a UFO,” said Augusta Police Dispatcher Aaron Farrell.

The restaurant, located near the intersection of Western Avenue and Edison Drive, recently completed renovations and was shut down for approximately two weeks, said Rob Michaud, the kitchen manager.

Police asked the restaurant to shut off the light due to the complaints, Mills said. But Michaud said the restaurant may use the light in the future.

“The police officer just told us we had a complaint,” he said. “He didn’t say we had to shut it off.”

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