Widely-reported UFO in Vancouver was stunt by local space center

We normally don’t link to Examiner article, but Jack is on track here with this story. This was a hoax meant to hype the new renovations at the local space center.

Vancouver Space Centre hoaxed mass UFO sighting – Orlando Paranormal | Examiner.com.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre issued a press release Tuesday stating it was responsible for a UFO hoax carried out near a recent Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball game. “Recent close encounters reported by local UFO bloggers are actually the result of an elaborate hoax masterminded by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,” the press release stated.

“The image of a drone in the shape of the Space Centre was captured by web cams, camera phones and video in and around Vancouver locations,” the H.R. MacMillan corporation explained in the press release, adding that the Space Centre worked with an ad agency to develop what was termed an “extreme teaser campaign”.

Here is part of the press release [PDF]:

Recent close encounters reported by local UFO bloggers are actually the result of an elaborate
hoax masterminded by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

The image of a drone in the shape of the Space Centre was captured by web cams, camera
phones and video in and around Vancouver locations such as Deep Cove, Jericho Beach,
Burrard and Cornwall, and Nat Bailey Stadium, including during last night’s Vancouver Canadians
game.

The goal of the faux UFO was to create a buzz about the new planetarium viewer experience at
Vanier Park. The Planetarium Theatre at the Space Centre underwent a half million dollar
upgrade this summer

Many reported the sighting and plenty of pictures and videos were posted online. The Space Center put pictures onto social media as well as UFO blogs, all as part of viral campaign. Genius? Perhaps. Hoaxing is, unfortunately, always an viable option to consider for UFO reports.

An audience member at the baseball game filmed the UFO and uploaded it to YouTube

UFO spotted at around the 10 second mark.

Photo credit. Brenden Smith

Photo credit. Brenden Smith

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  3 comments for “Widely-reported UFO in Vancouver was stunt by local space center

  1. terrythecensor
    September 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    > We normally don’t link to Examiner article, but Jack is on track here with this story.

    Agreed about the Examiner, but Jack Brewer is a UFO buff who regularly fact-checks false claims and exposes fraudulent practices. His controlled demolition of abduction investigator David Jacobs is a model for us all.

    There are several fact-based people in the UFO community but they tend not to get cited by UFO fandom and are rarely invited to speak at conferences and almost never commissioned to write books (hard to believe but there are bloggers without book deals).

  2. September 15, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks, terrythecensor. I appreciate the interest from both you and Doubtful News.

    As we read about this story around the web, we can observe a couple things… The hoax aspect, while covered, is receiving much less attention than the initial UFO story. Also, there are people rejecting the hoax explanation, clinging to the initial UFO story, in spite of all video and related evidence to the contrary.

  3. September 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    > people rejecting the hoax explanation, clinging to the initial UFO story, in spite of all video and related evidence to the contrary.

    *gasp*

    Well, I’m certain the ever-serious ufologists will step right up and correct the wayward UFO fandom — as they always do!

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