UFO Over New York: Separating Fact From Fiction

NY News Post/October 16, 2010

UFO Over New York: Separating Facts From Fiction. Two days ago, reports emerged that UFOs were seen hovering above the Manhattan sky but experts are claiming that the unexplained object that were seen by hundreds of Chelsea, NYC residents were nothing more than errant party balloons. Earlier, it was claimed by some that UFO New York or objects, which were believed to be UFOs, were actually balloons that escaped from an engagement party which was held for a Westchester County teacher.

"It was just a freak thing. Frankly I’m shocked by it," said Angela Freeman, head of the Milestone School in Mount Vernon, who claimed that the balloon was sent aloft by her school. "We didn’t send them up. The kids had an engagement part for a teacher and a mother brought four dozen balloons and she’s coming through the door, it is very windy in Mount Vernon, suddenly 12 of the balloons let loose."

It may be recalled that last year in January, a science teacher and his friend in New Jersey used fishing line, flares, and three-foot helium balloons to make people believe that they witnessed a UFO. "It had the flavor of a cluster of balloons, in my opinion," said Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center, a private research group based in Washington, to New York Post

Another theory claims that the objects were indeed balloons, which were released in Times Square for the 100th Anniversary of Madrid's Gran Via, known at the "Spanish Broadway of Europe." The National Weather Service stressed that the objects which were found hovering in the skies of western Manhattan were definitely not weather balloons. "Our weather balloons are launched at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.," said Brian Ciemnecki, a NWS staff meteorologist. "Sometimes weather balloons are mistaken for UFO, but this was not a weather balloon."

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