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A bright hovering light had El Pasoans staring at the sky Sunday night, wondering what the Unidentified Flying Object was.
The El Paso Times newsroom received at least a half dozen calls from curious residents.
Tony Olivares of the Lower Valley said that at first he just thought it was a plane landing, but when the light was still there 10 minutes later, he ran to get his binoculars.
"It looked like a huge heart," Olivares said. "It was something very silver and very, very bright. It just stayed there. I watched for about 45 minutes and it didn't change."
But as the sunset gre
That UFO Sunday Night was a Weather Balloon
A BRIGHT OBJECT IN THE SKY SUNDAY NIGHT HAD MANY RESIDENTS WONDERING IF IT'S THE START OF THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.
ACCORDING TO THE EL PASO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT THE U-F-O WAS ACTUALLY A WEATHER BALLOON.
FRANK KIELNECKER WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW MEXICO SAYS THE BALLOON IS NOT ONE OF THEIRS, BUT MAY BE FROM WHITE SANDS OR HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE.
HE SAYS THEY SEND WEATHER BALLOONS TWICE A DAY, BUT THOSE ARE MADE OUT OF LATEX RUBBER.
HE SAYS THIS BALLOON APPEARS TO BE MADE OF A MORE REFLECTIVE MATERIAL.
THE BALLOON MOST LIKELY WAS COLLECTING DATA ON STRATOSPHERIC CONDITIONS.