Mauricio Morales posted the “UFO” images on Facebook before they were picked up by various alien websites and YouTube channels, which described it as in the area “Ground Zero” for aliens, UFOs, and secret bases.
Mr Morales posted on Facebook: “As I was driving back to Phoenix this evening, I was a few miles past Parker, when I saw a shooting star with a green hue in the corner of my eye.
“I kept driving for a few miles and noticed a small orange light far in the distance to my right.
“At first I thought that maybe a meteor had hit nearby and set a fire in the desert or possibly a distant antenna light.”
I said he thought nothing more of it until about three-and-a-half miles later the light reappeared.
He said: “This is when I realised that whatever this was, wasn’t normal.
“I was about a quarter of a mile from the crossing between Highway 72 and Highway 95 between Parker and Quartzsite, Arizona.
“I immediately pulled over and attached my camera to my tripod.
“To my south west direction, there were six orange-red lights floating around in the horizon.
“Some of them would dim out and then brighten back up, others just seemed to float and hover away slowly.
“They seemed to travel in a parallel pattern with a very bright fiery glisten.
“I took photos and videos and, in less than 15 minutes, the mysterious objects vanished without a trace.
“Whatever this was, I have never seen anything like this in my life before. Super cool experience.”
There have been local news reports that a meteor was responsible, but Mr Morales says that was 10 minutes before his footage was recorded.
However, after calling out on Facebook for views, Mr Morales concluded it was nothing to do with aliens and was just military flares dropped from a military aircraft.
Several people came forward to say they were “marfa lights” which are a type of military flare.
UFO hoax buster Scott Brando also said he had ruled out these being anything alien.
The Italian, who forensically examines alleged UFO images and footage, tweeted that he believed the objects were just military flares.
The earthly conclusion did not stop other UFO sites trying to suggest they could not be explained.
Tyler Glockner, who runs YouTube channel Secureteam10, argued they were far too bright to be flares in a video entitled “MEDIA COVER-UP: Mass UFO Sighting Over Arizona Desert!”
He said it was likely a cover-up as media had reported it wrongly as a meteor, and suggest dthe sighting was in a “Ground Zero” area for alien and UFO activity.
The Collective Evolution conspiracy theory website said although there was no “proof” the Arizona lights were from aliens, people should not be “fooled”.
In an article, the website said: “Don’t be fooled, there is a tremendous amount of evidence pointing toward the fact that some of these UFOs, whose presence were officially acknowledged within the mainstream using declassified documents and hundreds of high ranking military/political whistleblowers, are indeed extraterrestrial in origin.”