"Saturday Nov. 8th (2003) at about 10:40 PM (MST) a friend of mine from church school was riding a bus from California to New Mexico. This was the night of the eclipse and the Harmonic Concordance. When the bus was somewhere between Holbrook, AZ and the NM state line, a huge flash of light lit up the sky. It appeared to be an incredibly intense beam that came from the sky to the earth.
It was bright enough that the Air Force scrambled its fighters thinking there had been an explosion of some kind. The light lasted about ten minutes. My friend's bus stopped as the light was "hitting" the freeway and the driver did not want to drive through it, other vehicles pulled over as well. Everyone got off of the bus, and my friend took two pictures of the light.
Other than it being a very strange beam of light, she did not notice anything unusual about it until she got the developed photos back on Monday."