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article imageHigh school children cause UFO sighting excitement in Utah

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 8, 2011 in Science
Washington - UFO sighting excitement swept through the city of Washington Terrace, northern Utah, on October 1, when strange lights, which looked like lights of crafts flying in stealthy silence, appeared in the evening sky.
According to MSNBC, excitement in the city over the sighting peaked after police, called to investigate the strange flying lights, said the local Air Force Base had not launched any experimental crafts and could offer no scientific explanation of the flying lights.
The strange lights, described as glowing "fiery red," and traveling at about 70 mph, were first seen at about 11:30 p.m. Traffic stopped, people thronged the streets, gawking, and taking photographs.
Locals soon solved the mystery of the flying stealth lights when information passed around that students at a local school, the Bonneville High School, after seeing the movie Tangled, got the idea of launching lanterns made of lightweight paper and candle.
The school's vice president Gage Marberger, explained to the local media that the students had not intended to fool anyone but were inspired by a scene in the movie which showed hundreds of lit Chinese lanterns floating in the sky. The students launched about 16 lanterns. Marberger explained that the kids were only having fun.
The MSNBC report remarks on how easy it is for man-made objects to be mistaken for extraterrestrial crafts, especially in an evening sky, or in conditions of poor visibility. Recently, ABQJournal reported excitement sweeping through Albuquerque, New Mexico, at sighting of a UFO, the size of an entire two-story building which soared in the sky in the presence of thousands of excited viewers.
The local TV weatherman finally identified the UFO as a weather balloon launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner. The National Weather service said the balloon was inflated to its massive size as it gained altitude.
ABQJournal, however, notes the tendency of UFO enthusiasts to remain skeptical of reasonable explanations of UFO sightings by relevant authorities. The Roswell UFO incident of 1947, in which UFO enthusiasts claimed a UFO sighting, but U.S. military authorities, under controversial circumstances, declared the UFO a weather balloon, remains the favorite reference for those who prefer extraterrestrial source explanations of UFOs.
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