Two incidents of multiple UFO reports have occurred in England over the past week. Both involved multiple witnesses separately reporting orange lights
traveling lower than an airplane traveling through the night sky. One incident has been declared something other than an unidentified flying object, while the
other has not. The question that remains now is are the two events connected, and if so does that mean both were false alarms or is something else going on?
First, the event that has been "de-bunked": according to the BBC, multiple witnesses reported strange orange lights in the sky over the Gateshead area. One witness went so far as to call the police over the lights. Another witness described seeing about thirty to forty lights pass across the night sky.
Authorities were able to figure out what they think happened. In nearby Saltwell Park, a large amount of orange paper lanterns had been released into the night sky. Those paper lanterns apparently floated over Gateshead and other surrounding areas before ultimately going off over the sea. That would explain why witnesses described the lights as flying lower than an airplane. There is definitely reason to believe the paper lantern explanation.
The next incident seems similar at first. A witness in Smethick actually captured cell phone video of strange orange lights traveling in the night sky. So far the footage - which is reportedly fuzzy - has not been released. The difference in this case versus the sightings in Gateshead involves the issue of speed. The witnesses to this event reported the lights were moving quickly, too fast to be a hot air balloon or something like it. They could hear no noise, something that would obviously have indicated it was a helicopter.
UFO sightings in England have been common for some time. Claims made by former English officials about government involvement with UFO's have increased interest in the subject.
The man who captured the cell phone video claimed to have not been drinking at the time.
Mon Aug 31 2009 12:21:12 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time)