Emerald's mystery UFO solved: Chinese lanterns to blame

Chinese lanterns were released on the night of the UFO sighting.
Chinese lanterns were released on the night of the UFO sighting.

THE mystery of the UFO sighting reported in Friday's edition of CQ News has been solved.

An Emerald family witnessed several orange lights travelling across the night sky on October 6, and one resident said he and his family thought they could be UFOs.

"I haven't got the faintest idea what they were, we have never seen anything like it before," the resident said.

"I haven't heard of anyone else seeing them that night, I've talked about it and got the same questions - what were you smoking? What were you drinking?".

Since the article appeared in the October 19 edition of CQ News, it has been confirmed by several phone calls and text messages the unidentified flying objects were in fact the result of a birthday party.

Emerald local Anthony Barnes was celebrating his 21st birthday at a surprise party held by family and friends, and confirmed the UFOs were actually large Chinese lanterns that had been let off in to the sky.

"They weren't UFOs at all, just 21 Chinese lanterns at my surprise party," Anthony said.

A lot of people did see them. We even had the police come because two of them landed on Moody St.

Emerald's UFO sighting has been debunked and the birthday boy has admitted his point of view on the subject.

"I don't believe in aliens or UFOs, not until I see one - a real one," he said.

The Gemfields' Andy Spring wrote in with some insight of UFO sightings.

"During the 1990s there was a spate of sightings coming in from most areas of Australia ranging from up to 20 objects flying in formation at one time, or one or two lights joining up with another group of lights in formation," Mr Spring wrote.

"Though there were some known orange lights that were set off by pranksters trying to get into the act as well, the total of actual sightings outweighed the number of fake ones.

"No one really knows where they come from."

Mr Spring noted that any sightings can be reported to UFO Research Queensland.

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