The truth is out there. Or, in this case, up there.
In the dark of night and flying over the skyline of both Tuscon, Ariz., and Kansas City, Mo., are some genuine unidentified flying objects. And there are quite a lot of them, too. On July 27, similar-looking objects were seen in both cities, and it's got UFO hunters (and passing sci-fi enthusiasts) wondering if these might be creatures from another world.
So what are they? Well, as you might expect, it depends entirely upon whom you ask. But before we hear from witnesses and experts, let's have a look for ourselves. First up, are the lights above Tuscon.
Mobile phones being what they are, this is not the clearest image, but there are, in fact, quite a large number of lights moving at a decent pace in the sky before abruptly disappearing. According to the person behind the video phone, he's not a big believer in UFOs, but, after seeing this phenomenon on the way home for dinner, he's beginning to become a believer.
Living in this part of the country, we often hear fighter jets from the Air Force base, but we are used to that and it is always recognizable and very loud. These objects we saw tonight were silent and moving across the sky very fast....Not sure what we were seeing, but I never really believed in this sort of thing until tonight. Glad I had my phone to record.
We probably wouldn't think much about a few silent lights in the sky, if not for the fact that, around the same time in Kansas City, almost the exact same thing occurred.
Very similar situation, same night, and nowhere near one another. That's weird.
But before we get too excited, former FBI special agent an current host of the Syfy Channel's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Ben Hansen, weighs in with what he feels is a more likely explanation for this phenomena than little, green men.
In my opinion both videos are definitely man-made, combustible objects -- most likely Chinese lanterns. Both videos are consistent with the characteristics of ground-launched, fire-lit objects. In the last five years, we've seen an exponential increase in the use of Chinese lanterns and similar lighter-than-air objects launched as hoaxes or as part of celebrations. If you've never seen them in the sky before, the experience can be quite stunning to the casual observer.
Chinese lanterns, eh? Let's listen to a little Jimmy Durante and look at some lanterns being launched, shall we?
In fairness, there are some similarities. But, lanterns are usually lit and released for holidays. We're not aware of any national holidays on the 27th that involve fireworks of any kind. Even if there were a more specific regional holiday -- both Missouri and Arizona at the same time? No matter how you slice it, that's still weird.
What do you think -- man-made or alien-made?
(via The Huffington Post)