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MG1962A
2007-Jul-27, 06:46 AM
Just got this sent to me - just above the photo is a streaming link to video. The attached photo has clearly been cleaned up, but I am interested what people make of the rest of it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=470579&in_page_id=1770

Do the initial four light sources look like birds. I've never seen them illuminated at night, so unsure what it should look like, and the other light - Helicopter?

Any suggestions would be appreciated

01101001
2007-Jul-27, 07:45 AM
I only watched a few seconds of the video. It looked like the usual sky lanterns (http://www.bautforum.com/conspiracy-theories/53762-ufos-over-london-january-31-a-3.html#post941802).

When are British journalists going to finally get all trained that slow moving orange lights in the sky are probably not transgalactic space alien visitors but instead some charming hot-air party favors (http://www.skylanterns.com/)?

Someone with more time please watch the video to see if the lights do anything a party favor wouldn't.

Van Rijn
2007-Jul-27, 09:06 AM
There was something in the story about these things moving, but the hand held camera was jerked around so much I couldn't tell if there was any significant movement (something beyond what wind would do) from the video.

MG1962A
2007-Jul-27, 09:30 AM
There was something in the story about these things moving, but the hand held camera was jerked around so much I couldn't tell if there was any significant movement (something beyond what wind would do) from the video.


The four fainter lights are definately drifting right to left slowly - the fifth brighter light does seem to come up at speed, then slow down. Thats why I was thinking a Chopper, unless it is a latern much closer, hence showing more movement

eburacum45
2007-Jul-27, 12:24 PM
Allegedly the Stratford Herald ran a story about these being 'wedding celebration balloons'; but there is no link to the story on the 'Net.

R.A.F.
2007-Jul-27, 02:05 PM
...'wedding celebration balloons'...

Why would aliens come all the way to Earth just to get married??

(RAF runs and hides. :))

MG1962A
2007-Jul-27, 02:10 PM
Why would aliens come all the way to Earth just to get married??

(RAF runs and hides. :))

Didn't Doctor Who already steal that idea :whistle:

The Backroad Astronomer
2007-Jul-28, 01:05 AM
Why would aliens come all the way to Earth just to get married??

(RAF runs and hides. :))
Because they want to get married by Elvis in Vegas.

eburacum45
2007-Jul-28, 11:55 AM
Third hand, via a transcription on the Fortean Times Forum;

UFOs were illuminated wedding party balloons.

Report by Phillipa Prankard

The mystery of the multi-sighting of unidentified flying objects witnessed by 100 people in Stratford town centre has been solved.
Following speculation that the five bright objects which appeared in formation over the Warwick Road area at 10pm could be linked to extra terrestrial activity, a Heathcote couple has come forward to give a far more earthly explanation for the sighting.
Viv and Jim James from Tamora Close, Heathcote, told the Herald that the UFOs had actually been 'sky lanterns' let off by guests at their daughter's wedding.
The bemused couple said they were delighted to read that their daughter's wedding had caused so much excitement.

'I can reassure, but perhaps disappoint your readers and Hilary Potter of the British Earth Aerial Mystery Society, that these UfOs were in fact sky lanterns. These are mini air balloons which we set off from Ingon Manor golf club around 10pm last saturday evening lasting about 15 to 20 minutes until the wick burnt out.'
They added: 'This event caused great excitement to our guests and also it seems to others in the Stratford area. We hope they enjoyed the display.
Coincidentally just before setting ours off we noticed a few similar lanterns being set off two or three miles away'.

The second lot of lanterns was set off by the managing director of a local fireworks company who also contacted the Herald to take responsibility for the incident.

Chris Pearson, of Fantazia Fireworks in Solihul, said he had been at a friend's house in Snitterfield last saturday evening testing Chinese hot air lanterns ahead of a wedding his company were entertaining at.
He said this was not the first time he had unintentionally duped people into thinking they were witnessing alien spacecraft.
'I am sorry if I caused anyone an unneccessary scare. This is not the first time this has happened. I have let off hundreds and hundreds of these lanterns and often go out and test them ahead of an event. As a result, people have often thought they have seen UFOs'.

A man out fishing near to Stratford racecourse told the Herald he saw the five balls of light go up into the sky and immediately identified them as Chinese Lanterns.
Lewis Baldwin said: 'There was a whole fireworks display going on. The five balls were just part of it. I saw them go up and remain in the sky. I had heard about these Chinese Lanterns and knew that was what I was looking at.'

Tom Hawkes, who captured the footage of the UFOs on his camera, originally contacted the Herald baffled by what he saw, sparking theories that the objects could be extra terrestrial lifeforms.
He had been at the one Elm pub with 15 other guests celebrating his girlfriend's birthday.

Maksutov
2007-Jul-28, 12:25 PM
Why would aliens come all the way to Earth just to get married??

(RAF runs and hides. :))Because the ensuing honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls is then quite short by comparison.

01101001
2007-Jul-28, 04:35 PM
Honor roll for some journalists who apparently know the difference between space aliens and sky lanterns:

Lanterns spark UFO scare (http://www.bishopsstortfordcitizen.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.584521.0.lanterns_spark_ufo_scare.php) Essex, April 2005

UFOs? Er no, just high spirits (http://www.thisisdorset.net/display.var.1428808.0.ufos_er_no_just_high_spirits .php) Bournemouth, May 2007

UFO mystery solved (http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/content/essex/recorder/news/story.aspx?brand=RECOnline&category=newsRomford&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newsromford&itemid=WeED16%20Sep%202005%2015%3A05%3A12%3A460) Romford, September, 2005

Half-baked. Close, but not sufficiently skeptical:

Ufos were just paper lanterns from wedding - or were they (http://www.signs-of-the-times.org/articles/show/134058-Ufos+were+just+paper+lanterns+from+wedding+-+or+were+they%3F) Tunbridge Wells, June 2007

UFOs over Archway: is mystery solved? (http://www.hornseyjournal.co.uk/content/haringey/hornseyjournal/news/story.aspx?brand=HCEJOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newshcej&itemid=WeED28%20Feb%202007%2012%3A44%3A09%3A370) London, February 2007

Laguna
2007-Jul-28, 04:59 PM
Hey cool, sky lanterns. Never seen those before.
I wished the wedding I attend next month would not be right besides Basel International Airport...

Rue
2007-Jul-29, 09:41 PM
He had been at the one Elm pub with 15 other guests celebrating his girlfriend's birthday.

That must've helped.

pzkpfw
2007-Jul-29, 10:15 PM
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Over here, we get these big plastic bags put in our letter boxes (along with the junk mail), for collection of old clothes for charity. The bags are big, and very thin/light.

Two pieces of thin wire to make a cross in the opening (and provide weight to keep the down side down), a piece of cloth (tied to the middle of the cross) and some methelated spirits ---- instant hot-air balloon.

Never would have thought something like that could cause a UFO scare. A bush-fire, maybe.
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