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A Royal Navy warship may have come within seconds of opening fire on Unidentified Flying Objects above Merseyside, possibly narrowly avoiding the precipitation of an interstellar war and the extirpation of humanity by testy aliens.
Reports have it that the UFOs - speculated to have been visiting spacecraft from beyond the solar system - were tracked on naval weapons radars.
The revelation comes from the Telegraph, reporting on last week's sightings of "orange, ball-shaped" UFOs cruising above scouse beauty-spots between South Liverpool and Southport. The orange, blob-like flying balls - said by some witnesses to have "dropped fire" at times - were assessed by some to be floating Chinese lanterns, but this theory was widely disparaged among headline-writers in favour of the more crowd-pleasing interstellar visitors hypothesis.
The glowing orange lights seen above Liverpool and Southport may have been countermeasure flares used to test the radar systems of huge anti-missile guns on the ship.
Countermeasure flares are designed to prevent radar-based missile systems locking on to aircraft by providing multiple targets.
The military source said: "The guns on the ships are powered by radar, but military radar and civilian radar work on different frequencies, so that is probably why the airport said it had not picked anything up.
"What happened was a plane flew over at high altitude following the path of the river and dropped the counter measures, which the radar tracked.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are looking into what activity, if any, was taking place in that area at the time."