June 11, 2009
say Burnham-On-Sea UFO was
probably a Chinese lantern
mystery UFO that was spotted in the skies over Burnham-On-Sea
was probably a floating Chinese lantern, according to our readers.
Burnham-On-Sea.com invited your comments after we reported
on Wednesday how Jordan Gilroy and several friends had watched
an unidentified orange ball, pictured here, in the sky above Burnham
Area Youth Centre on May 30th at 10.20pm.
readers have got in touch since we first published the story with
their thoughts about what the UFO was. Here a selection of the
Williams of Swindon UFO Research emailed us on Wednesday morning,
saying: "The lantern season is off again, with stories flooding
in from around the UK. Your article on the orange 'firey' light
in the sky appears, on the information supplied, to fit nicely
into the lantern category."
Robert Moore added: "I have been a long-time researcher
into UFO claims and as such am aware of very similar sightings
throughout the UK over the past ten years or so. In my opinion,
the sighting here - as elsewhere - was probably generated by a
Thai aerial lantern; sometimes also called Chinese Lanterns. This
is basically a small balloon with an internal heat source and
a transparent or translucent fabric that commonly glows with an
orange hue. They normally endure for 10-15 minutes at maximum.
As a consequence I am fairly sure one of these sky lanterns was
responsible for the BoS sighting; not only due to its appearance,
but its reported flight attributes, which are consistent with
a wind-bourne object."
Scribbens said: "It was a paper lantern that was released
following a wedding celebration. It was somebody I used to know
and she's posted her surprise on Facebook at the UFO siting, stating
that they had let lanterns go at the end of her wedding evening."
reader, Janine, said: "I saw an orange blob in the
sky a couple of weeks ago while on holiday in Brean, but as it
got closer it became clear that it was a Chinese lantern. These
are lanterns with fire (almost like a mini hot air balloon) that
raise up to a mile in the sky and are traditionally used for Chinese
celebrations, such as birthdays and weddings."
the other readers to get contact was Hannah Smith, who
stated in an email: "One of my work colleagues saw the same
object hovering over the Severn Bridge on that Saturday night.
She said it was incredibly bright - almost looked like it was
on fire at times. It kept drifting away then coming back, almost
as if was looking for something!"