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A UFO – an orange ball of light that hurtled through the Calderdale night – has caused something of a stir.
Originally posted by slylee
reply to post by MoonMine
Thanks that is strange, dont no any chinese lanterns that can do that !
Originally posted by IsaacKoi
"The prank balloon, distinguished from other balloon types by virtue of its home-made construction, usually consists of a transparent, lightweight plastic laundry bag with birthday candles propped at its base by drinking straws, wires, or balsa wood struts. When the candles are lit, the hot air makes the bag rise. The fourteen reports in this study usually reported the duration of perceived flight from one to fifteen minutes. Apparent size was usually restricted to ‘1’ or ‘2’. Descriptions of shape were usually confined to ‘orange point’, ‘dome’, ‘orange sparks’, ‘red, round’, ‘football-shaped’, etc. Once up in the air, the candlelight reflecting off parts of the plastic bag created the illusions of those shapes. In an older case, preceding this study, a witness to one of these balloon launches thought he was looking at a man in a white helmet standing upright in a cylinder. The most common symptom of the prank balloon is the dropping of candle wax from its base coupled with the eventual burn-out of the balloon itself; this manifested itself as:
‘burning metal dropping straight down toward the end’ – case 196
‘three drops of light (and it) extinguished’ – case 471
‘plummeted straight down for three seconds leaving a trail of burning embers’ – case 524
‘disintegrated to ash’ – case 872
‘flared out in three seconds while dropping’ - case 991
‘sputtering flame droplets’ – case 1,067"