Ormond Beach, in Florida, is known for Tomoka State Park, which is a great place to visit sometime, if you have the weekend off and are looking to catch a little sun. It's also a great place to visit if you happen to be looking for paranormal and/or extraterrestrial activity.
Welcome to the state park from hell, where you will be lucky if you get out without a scratch - and you could lose your life.
The Lights of Tomoka Park in Ormond Beach
There have been a lot of stories over the years about the strange lights which show up in this park sometimes after dark.
The general consensus among those who live and work in the area, and who have seen the lights or heard about them from those who have, is that they are some kind of extraterrestrial life-form.
There are others who believe that these lights represent something more sinister - an evil force that haunts the area.
This second opinion carries some weight, as it is said that the lights have been responsible for a number of vehicular accidents over the years, many of which have been fatal.
There are even rumors that people have been killed by them outright.
Dr. Phillip M. - a professor of Religious Studies at a nearby university and a self-proclaimed expert psychic - has been studying the lights for a number of years.
"Different people experience different things with the lights sometimes; that's one reason why it has been so hard to corroborate the evidence on them and form one unified theory about what they are and what they want.
"Some people have seen them as floating orbs, reaching high up into the sky sometimes or floating away until they disappear.
"Others see them on the road as they're driving and think that they're headlights, at least until they disappear."
Sometimes The Lights Just Appear And Then Disappear
"The worst cases, though, are the ones where the lights begin following someone.
The Ormond Beach area has plenty of people who can attest to the things he's saying.
These lights, which locals say sometimes make a low, humming sound when they are floating nearby, have played havoc on passersby for years, possibly decades.
"The strange thing about the lights, the thing which honestly keeps me up a little bit at night," the doctor says, "is that not only does no one know where they came from or what they want, but it seems to me that no one in the area remembers just when they came, either.
"It's a collective form of retrograde amnesia, and it's damned peculiar if you ask me."