Swedes love their Chinese lanterns. It causes a surge of UFO reports this time of year.
“A lot of the reports at New Year’s are triggered by the Thai lanterns,” UFO report investigator Tobias Lindgren told the TT news agency. “Every year, I investigate between 50 and 60 sightings. I expect to have a lot to do this year too.”
According to the piece, Swedes no longer need a permit to launch the lighted hot air balloons but if you live near an airport, you must notify them. The UFO investigator notes that the number of suspected UFO sightings have risen along with the trend of launching these floating devices. It keeps them busy.
The fire-lit balloons are a potential hazard if they land on flammable material. A ban was sought in the U.K.
This story came from Canada last year Christmas Eve – Silent, Holy and strange orange lights night.