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After hearing the hoax story, I contacted a friend who lives in Phoenix. He agreed to try and reach Mailo or his neighbor. Since the article came out on Tuesday, attempts to contact Lino Mailo have failed. He does not answer his door and his neighbor wasn't home when my friend stopped by on two occasions. In fact, people living two houses down from Mailo say that they know Lino's next store neighbor and he was not home on Monday night. They claim they were out in their own backyard that evening and would have seen balloons with flares being launched. They also agreed to ask him about the flare story when they next see or speak with him.
The FFA says that the lights did not appear on radar and weren't a threat to any air traffic, so no action was taken. However, the FAA has issued a statement saying that they will not allow the Air Traffic Controllers to talk about what they saw.
Further, I asked Kelly Atwood, a professional photographic software expert, to take a look at the video and photos from 4/21/08 lights event. She has extensive experience examining UFO photos for legitimacy and has been able to identify many hoaxes involving balloons, dry cleaning bags and flares.
Kelly says that the lights were too bright and the wrong color to be flares. She also states that the video does not show the normal affect that flares exhibit as they burn. Instead, the lights resemble objects that would have been much larger with a steady source of illumination.
Originally posted by The Coward
To me the guy who said he hoaxed it, did so to keep this whole event quiet. It's like he has an agenda against the phoenix lights or something? The retard said that most likely the original UFOs from the 97 account were that exactly, flares tied to balloons. He seems like a religious freak, and simply wants to single-handedly kill the whole UFO mystery with his corny hoax story!
I say that he needs to put up or shut up. He needs to send a few more balloons with flares and film them. Hell, if he were a real hoaxer, he should have filmed the whole deal in the first place. It would lend credibility to his whole argument. Not simply go like a moron claiming hoax without a shred of evidence. Phuk him, he seems like a liar.
[edit on 1-5-2008 by The Coward]