Another story in the local paper:
Red light UFOs in Texas City still a mystery
A field investigator with a national UFO network said he’s opened up an investigation to try and determine what was hovering over the city’s
Moses Lake on Saturday and Sunday.
The red hovering lights have been the talk of the town for days and prompted interest from UFO investigator Chuck Stansburge who handles field
investigations in this area for the Mutual UFO Network or MUFON.
Stansburge said he is a retired cop who tracks down UFO sightings in a 14 county region along the Texas coast. The organization uses a website to
track tips from across the globe, he said.
Stansburge said Texas records the second highest number of reported UFO sightings in the country. The number one state for reported UFO sightings to
MUFON is California, he said.
According to the MUFON website database, there have been 50 UFO sightings in the state since Feb. 25, including the sightings during the weekend in
I did not know that Texas had the 2nd highest number of UFO reports to MUFON, interesting. I would have thought that New Mexico or perhaps Florida
would have been number 1.
Bruce Clawson, the city’s Homeland Security coordinator, said that while he suspects the mysterious objects in the sky were Chinese lanterns,
which take flight much like a small hot air balloon, his office has been unable to confirm that theory and no one has called to admit he or she is
responsible for the commotion.
“There was no threat to the security or safety of the city,” Clawson said. “And they never got high enough to disrupt air traffic, so no one
will likely face any charges, but we would like to know who is responsible.”
Chinese Lanterns do seem to be the most likely explanation. And in a blog I read yesterday, the description given by the woman who recorded the first
video linked in my OP seems to corroborate that:
"I just went in and grabbed my camera," eyewitness Debbie James said. "It was a straight line, then it went to like a figure 8, and then it
made this half moon and kept changing shapes."
Texas City's 'Z-Shaped' UFO Encounter (Photo)
This is the first time I've seen any indication that more than one of the lights was moving. In the video that was posted, there is only clear
movement by one of the lights and the others seem to stay in the same position relative to each other. If all (or even a majority) of the lights were
moving, then that does go further toward showing that these were indeed Kongming Lanterns.