South Devon, UK - Ufo fever has again gripped the Bay with a string of witnesses recounting seeing a display of mystery lights over Paignton last weekend. But the source of the last puzzling night-time show witnessed earlier this month has insisted: "It wasn't us this time."
Ian Davies, manager of the Osborne Hotel in Torquay, revealed wish lanterns released by a wedding party at the hotel's Brasserie were probably responsible for the great illusion.
But the '100 or so' orange/red/green lights floating over parts of Paignton from the Dartmouth direction over the weekend were nothing to do with him or his staff.
"I've checked - and it wasn't us," said Ian, who said the wedding guests who launched about a dozen wish lanterns at the beginning of the month had not obtained permission from staff to do so.
A reader left a comment on the website:
My partner and I were driving from plymouth back to paignton early hours sunday morning (1am) as we approached paignton on the totnes road we witnessed these lights as described in your article at least 100 tried to film on mobile have a little bit but not clear and like your other readers we also felt it was an invasion of some kind - but we did not find them frightning, they were so silent in a convoy form - mysitical went upwards into space and dissapeared in the same area following each other my partner then called the local radio (gemini fm) to report and ask if anyone else had seen them but he was laughed off as a crack pot so it has been a relief to us to read your article on these lights - on further investigation on the internet we have found a site UFO balloons which look very simular but are not totally convinced that this is what we saw until we have seen one of these balloons in action we are interested to hear what others feel about this.
Marianne frigerio, Paignton
Clusters of lights in the night sky have left a puzzled family wondering if they were watching a UFO.
|Lorna Godden took this picture on Saturday night
The Godden family, of Cradley Road, New Eltham, first saw the orange lights four months ago, shooting across the sky in the direction of west London.
Around 25 of the lights were spotted in the space of half an hour, at around 9pm as Lorna and Mark Godden relaxed in their garden with their children.
On Saturday night (September 15), the lights returned.
Police are investigating after villagers in Romania claimed to see a Superman-like figure flying through the sky.
Almost 20 villagers, from Gemeni, Mehedinti county, claim the UFO was wearing a shiny blue suit, just like Superman's.
Police officers took written statements from all of the witnesses and say they described the figure in the same way.
Local policeman Ion Anuta said: "We talked to people of different ages who are all reliable citizens in our village.
An expedition to find evidence of the mysterious wild man, Yeren, who some believe lives in the Shennongjia forests of Central China has ended in disappointment.
But a leading researcher said yesterday he is not downhearted and welcomes people and institutions from around the world to join in the search for the elusive creature.
"I cannot tell you where it is. But we are getting to the truth step by step," Wang Fangcheng, who is in charge of research into the Bigfoot-like creature at the Beijing Ecological Engineering Institution, said.
Last week, the institution organized an expedition to Shennongjia, a virgin forest in Hubei Province, to look for the mysterious wild man.
A team of scientists spent two days exploring the western part of the forest and spoke to local people who claim to have seen a large, hairy upright creature in the area.
Are we alone in the universe?
One Sidney resident always thought he'd wait until the aliens landed before he'd believe in little green men. The man, who routinely pops out to his suburban back yard for an evening cigarette and studies the night sky, was surprised when he saw an unidentified flying object recently. The UFO was a bright orange orb, which he later described as a jellyfish shape. He briefly wrote the unusual sight off as lights on a plane.
He quickly changed his mind.
It was too bright, too orange, and it cruised silently southward over the Sidney sky.
"I would expect a lot of people would have seen it if they looked skyward. It was very conspicuous," he told the Peninsula News Review. "If it was a prank, it was a really good prank."
Smoke and flame are found emanating from a 40-feet long and two feet wide crater, caused by lightning which struck last afternoon at Talaikuda village on the outskirts of Udhagamandalam.
According to official sources, nearly 300 eucalyptus trees were burnt, following the lightning, which hit the area, and big crater was formed.
The smoke, which was found last evening, continued emanating heavily today and a flame was visible deep below eight feet, the sources said.
Ireland's defence forces maintained a dossier on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) for 37 years, according to details released Thursday under the country's freedom of information laws.
The documents dating back to 1947 that were released to the Irish Times newspaper log a range of strange sightings.
Descriptions of UFOs that were reported range from being like fried eggs to a household iron with fins at the back, according to the newspaper.
Pipes bursting, toilets collapsing, random power cuts and headaches: paranormal phenomena, or is there a perfectly plausible scientific explanation?
For five years, the tenants of a semi-detached house in Strovolos, Nicosia, were experiencing all the above weird happenings.
The family living there must have changed their toilet seat and plumbing 40 times. The pipes would crack open, flooding the floor. Even a 100-year-old olive tree outside the house wilted and died.
Then one day, out of the blue, the episodes stopped.
A Motorist and passenger in Bowdon spotted a mysterious "round and metallic" object in the sky.
The orb was sighted above the A56 near Altrincham on August 28 at about 7pm and the witnesses posted their account on a international UFO research website.
The driver said they saw a bright object that did not seem to have a colour. It appeared to be a metallic substance reflecting in the evening sunlight'.
They added it was round and looked big even though it was so high up. As they looked up it seemed to hover completely still and then shot off from a standstill like a bullet fired from a gun'.
Was it a meteor, the military or a UFO? A Lexington family is trying to figure out the origin of an unusual light they saw near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last week.
"It looked like a car light up in the sky," said Tracy House. "It was yellow."
The family first noticed the light September 5 over the Atlantic Ocean.
To watch the home video of the lights go Here