A “spectacular” display of dozens of UFOs has been reported in the skies over the West Midlands. Eyewitnesses told Sky News that up to 70 bright circular objects could be seen near Halesowen. Stunned residents watched in disbelief convinced they were viewing an extra-terrestrial spectacle. Each object was encircled with lights and had lights in the middle according to witness Steven Randall who lives in Halesowen with is wife and three children. He said “This was incredible and so spectacular. The lights seem to climb into the sky to the north of us just before 8pm last night. “A neighbour had shouted for us to come and look. There were so many objects. From a distance they looked like bubbles rising in a fizzy drink. “Then they came towards us and flew right over the top. Some were so close they were almost touching and were only a hundred feet or so above us. “The objects were absolutely silent and travelling at probably twice the speed of a normal aircraft. “They were all circular and had 13 to 15 lights around the rim. Each had lights in the centre which were flashing on and off. They went south at a terrific speed.” Birmingham International airport is to the east of the sightings but according to Mr Randall the flight path comes nowhere near the houses. “Aircraft are not allowed to fly over this area. We regularly see air traffic in the distance and I can assure you that this was something very different ” he said. Air traffic control at Birmingham International airport had nothing on their radar to suggest anything out of the ordinary. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said that independent experts have concluded there are straightforward explanations behind alleged UFO reports such as aircraft lights or natural phenomena.
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More lanterns? Yup.
The truth could well be out there – just not necessarily in Halesowen. Stunned residents believed they were witnessing a UFO display after seeing a “long string of lights” moving slowly over the town at around 7.30pm on Thursday. But it turns out the flying mysteries were nothing more than a cluster of Thai lanterns released by Lutley primary school following a carol service. Janet Baker, from the Brookwillow Road school’s PFTA, explained 55 paper lanterns had been released at the climax of the evening. She said: “The lanterns are beautiful and we thought it would make a fitting end to the event – it was only when I went pick the children up the next day I realised the commotion that had been caused – it was quite amusing. “It was supposed to be a lovely end to a spiritual evening, we never thought it would cause so much chaos.” The lanterns, which are made of tissue paper, fill with hot air when lit and float into the sky and burn brightly for around 20 minutes. …