UFO mystery solved (UK)
- UFO mystery solved
THE Recorder can now shed light on the mystery UFOs seen in the sky last
week - they were sky lanterns!!
Reports flooded into our office of lots of orange, unidentified flying
objects after the Smalley family saw the mysterious lights floating over
their home in Acacia Avenue, Elm Park, at 10pm on Monday, August 29.
And it now seems likely that the mystery lights are not hi-tech visitors
from outerspace but an ancient kind of party popper imported by Grant
Barry for his six-month-old business, Sky Lanterns.
The 26-year-old from Stapleford Abbotts, ships over the floating lanterns
from Asia and has let them off at around 30 weddings and parties.
He said: "I'm afraid to say these aren't little green men flying around.
It's most likely me letting off the lanterns in my garden or some of our
"The lanterns are like little hot air balloons. You set fire to the wick
and let them float up into the air. They're made from mulberry paper
wrapped around bamboo frames."
Grant came across the sky lanterns while travelling around Asia where they
are released during festivals.
They vary in size from titchy 2ft to a massive 8ft tall. Grant charges
£999 for a display of 100 sky lanterns.
He said: "I was at a festival on a beach in Indonesia when suddenly they
let off thousands of sky lanterns. It was breathtaking. I'd never seen
anything like them so decided to bring them to England."
Janet Smalley, 53, whose family were the first to contact the Recorder
about the sightings, said: "My son will be disappointed. I think he was
hoping they were real UFOs."
Keith Blackwell, 48, Gorseway, reported seeing mystery lights. He said: "I
saw an indistinct orange light to the south east at about 40 degrees high.
It was totally stationary in the sky."
His wife Kate said: "It certainly did not look like a lantern. It was
hovering in the sky then came shooting towards us. It then shot back to
its original position. It really spooked me."
Pat Fitzpatrick of Hornchurch added: "We were at a barbecue in Grenfell
Avenue on Bank Holiday Monday and late in the evening a large orange light
flew overhead, stopped for about 30 seconds and then went up higher and
higher until it disappeared."
Liz Gamby, 51, from Douglas Road, Hornchurch, also witnessed the light
display. She said: "I was looking up at the stars with my son Thomas, 23,
when we saw an orange light in the sky. It was moving along, getting
higher and higher. We were all stumped."
Tony Rutter from Coltsfoot Path, Harold Hill, also saw them: "There were
about seven lights, a group of five and two singles. We were just as
baffled as the Smalley family."
Grant said that he had been releasing the lanterns at a wedding on August
27 and a pool party on August 28. He added that he often experiments with
the lanterns in his back garden, most Friday and Saturday nights - when
most of the sightings have been made.
John Murphy,48, of Channing Close, Hornchurch, saw them on August 6 at
around 10pm as he drove on the A12 between Colchester and Chelmsford and
said motorists were pulling over to look at them..
Stuart Kennedy from Hornchurch reported seeing more lights on Friday
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- At 15:29 17/09/2005 +0200, Frits Westra wrote:
>UFO mystery solvedhttp://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/content/essex/recorder/news/story.aspx?bran
>THE Recorder can now shed light on the mystery UFOs seen in the sky last[SNIP]
>week - they were sky lanterns!!
>Reports flooded into our office of lots of orange, unidentified flying
>objects after the Smalley family saw the mysterious lights floating over
>their home in Acacia Avenue, Elm Park, at 10pm on Monday, August 29.
>And it now seems likely that the mystery lights are not hi-tech visitors
>from outerspace but an ancient kind of party popper imported by Grant
>Barry for his six-month-old business, Sky Lanterns.
I can confirm that the light seen on Hornchurch, Essex on September 12
was due to the lanterns.
After initially rejecting the claim in the Romford Recorder that the
light(s) seen on August 29th in Romford were sky lanterns, the witness to
the Hornchurch sighting above now agrees that this is what he saw.
From http://www.ufoinfo.com/sightings/uk/050912.shtml :
Sorry again for emailing you, but it turns out romford recorder was right.
After a bit of Googling for images, i found a few images that remind me of
the event. Although i still find it hard to believe that a simple sky
lantern can fly around in circles, fly in different directions...etc on a
anyway these image is almost EXACTLY what i saw:
My thanks to the witness for writing to confirm that what he saw were lanterns.
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