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Dozens report seeing UFOs over Merseyside
They claimed to have seen glowing orange lights moving slowly across the sky between 10.30pm and 11pm on Sunday evening.
Sightings were reported from Southport to South Liverpool, and at spots including Ainsdale, Garston and Mossley Hill.
All had seen up to four glowing, orange-red balls hovering in the sky some time between 10.30pm and 11pm.
An air traffic control source said similar lights had been witnessed previously in the north west - but had failed to appear on radar.
Jackie Hardaker, of Mossley Hill, said: "They were like red balls, they looked like fire and when planes went past they just dimmed.
"They went past the window and just faded. When I looked out again one went across Rose Lane and dropped something that looked like fire.
"It was so interesting to watch them but at the time it totally freaked me out."
Other callers also reported an object dropping from one of the lights, describing it "as if a plastic bag was on fire".
Phil Daley also saw something similar from Allerton Road at the same time. "They appeared similar to stars, but were much brighter," he said,
"As they passed over us, each light appeared to be made up of either two or three smaller lights.
"I initially assumed they must be satellites since their arc suggested an orbit, but I was surprised at the speed and pace which they moved across the sky."
They were photographed by Liverpool Echo's head of images, Barrie Mills.
"Apparently there have been quite a few sightings of these orange lights in recent years," said Mr Mills,
"I was indoors watching the TV, with the lights on, so the light in the sky had to be quite bright for me to notice it at all." Another witness described three orange lights appearing to move slowly in formation from South East to North West.
One then remained stationary for several minutes before heading in the opposite direction.
The Ministry of Defence said that although it is not unknown for military aircraft to fly across Merseyside, it would not speculate on the cause of the lights.
Mike Howell, air traffic services manager for Liverpool John Lennon Airport, said: "We have checked and are not able to associate the reports with any aircraft movements at Liverpool at those times."
A coastguard source speculated that any orange glow could be attributed to the annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower. Liverpool-born UFO expert John Rimmer said it was a "rule of thumb" that mysterious lights in the sky generally turn out to be floating Chinese lanterns.
Originally posted by serenecalamityz
Ok I don't live in south london, but last night at around 8pm I was walking my dog, when I looked up and saw a greenish blue light moving erratically across the sky. It kinda reminded me of the batman light, the one the commissoner would use to summons BM. Although there was no beam of light from the ground up to sky level, just this random light that got bigger and smaller as it moved around.
I have no idea what it was, I wasn't going to mention it until I saw your thread.
Originally posted by starseedz
I did not see the one tonight but I am seeing theses lights alot and have been for the last five years. I also see deep flashes from space.
In my opinion I believe they are visiting as individuals slowly infiltrating themselves amongst open minded people. you were meant to see it which is why you looked up at that point . It was a personal visit although others shared it. It seems more and more people are seeing them and It will probably lead to a bigger and better show up eventually. keep your eyes to the skies!!!
Originally posted by justjoemusic
reply to post by TimothyMartin
Hi Timothy, I dont think it was a sky latern as I have seen those in the sky before, I saw this light last night (12/12/2009 at 6pm) this light almost pulsated in a kind of rhythmn and it looked different to the photo you posted. But thanks for your input...
Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
So now ufos will be either coverd up as something from metor showers or floating Chinese lanterns?
I dont think that alot of chinese people are living in london so no offence just trying to make a point.