Authorities are still baffled by reports that began flooding in Wednesday afternoon of what appeared to be a UFO hovering over Manhattan. People stopped in their tracks and traffic came to a halt as everyone stopped to stare up into the clear blue sky. According to the New York Post, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began fielding reports around 1:30 p.m. that there were strange, silver objects floating in the sky.
“It freaked me out,” Richard Molina, 42, told the Post. “It was a real Superman moment, too. Everyone looked up in the sky. It really was an event.”
An event not many will soon forget. Within minutes, pictures of the UFO(s) were on Twitter and a video was posted to YouTube.
The strange silver orbs floated above Manhattan for several hours. They would eventually begin disappearing one by one, but not before they stopped all movement on the streets.
“Common sense says it wasn’t a UFO,” 52-year-old Daniel Calhoun said. “Common sense says it was a plane or a balloon, but this thing stopped everyone in the street for two blocks. Any New Yorker will tell you, that alone is extraordinary.”
But everyone’s description of the UFO(s) did not match up. FAA spokesman Jim Peters noted, “Some people saw something described as yellow with blue lights surrounding it.” He also said that the FAA had received no notification that weather balloons — if that was indeed what the unidentified flying objects actually were — were being launched at the time of the sighting.
Another witness described it as a “jellyfish made of lights,” while Pete Bryant, 32, said there was “something weird about it. Light just doesn’t reflect off balloons like that. If Martians were to land anywhere, New York is a much better location than some backwoods town in the Midwest.”
According to the Daily Mail, Jim Peters said that technicians checked and double-checked the radar settings at the FAA. They picked up nothing. He said, “Nothing that we can account for would prompt this kind of response.”
By the time police arrived at the scene, they saw nothing to report.
The sightings come just days after widespread news reports of yet another UFO shutting down a Chinese airport. It was the second such report in two months. It was the eighth UFO sighting in China since June. Most of the reports were attributed to Chinese government “military connection,” but the most recent was not being acknowledged by the government at all. Officials at Baotou airport in Inner Mongolia reported that a strange aircraft hovered over a runway for an hour, forcing controllers to re-route aircraft or have planes circle the airport for an hour.
A news report of the UFO over New York from My Fox NY follows.
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