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  • Frits Westra
    Wedding lanterns spark UFO scare http://www.eppingforestguardian.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.583688.0.wedding_lanterns_spark_ufo_scare.php By David
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2005
      Wedding lanterns spark UFO scare

      http://www.eppingforestguardian.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.583688.0.wedding_lanterns_spark_ufo_scare.php

      By David Jackman

      IT was a breathtaking sight which was thoroughly enjoyed by guests at the
      wedding of an Epping couple.

      But the release of some 60 to 70 illuminated Thai lanterns into the night
      sky over Leez Priory, near Felsted, sparked fears that aliens were on
      their way.

      Police received several calls from concerned residents who spotted a
      series of bright lights passing over their homes.

      A police spokesman said that one caller reported "a large amount of red
      lights" in batches of five or six lights over Bannister Green on the
      evening of Monday, March 21.

      Other callers contacted Stansted Airport concerned that extra-terrestrial
      activity was about to land.

      The situation was eventually resolved when the airport's control tower
      identified the source of the strange lights.

      Dozens of 5ft high x 3ft wide lanterns were released at regular intervals
      from the wedding reception of Joanne Lye, from Epping, and Tom Fradd, from
      Theydon Mount, at the 16th century Tudor mansion.

      Joanne's father, Stephen, said: "It was very impressive.

      "They float away slowly and create quite a stir. It was very good."

      But he admitted that when the wedding was being planned no one had even
      considered the reaction the display might have caused.

      "I hadn't even thought about it," Mr Lye said. Admitting that the lanterns
      could have been seen by unsuspecting people as possible UFOs, he said:
      "They did cluster in the night sky."

      Grant Barry, from Stapleford Abbotts, whose company Sky Lanterns imports
      the lanterns, said: "They're like tissue paper with a bamboo frame.
      They're lit and float up into the night sky.

      "It's like a fireworks display, but it's quiet, more tranquil, more
      peaceful than a fireworks display.

      "They go for about ten minutes, burn out and then come down slowly. It's a
      breath-taking experience."

      11:40am Sunday 3rd April 2005

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