We warned you about the Chinese lanterns, California!

A hubbub was made over what seems obviously to be chinese lanterns in the sky across California on New Years Eve.

UFO sightings reported across California | news10.net.

Terry and Hans Mauth of Auburn said they watched a large egg-shaped object with a bright light shining upward drift over their neighborhood, then suddenly accelerate.

“There was no sound, that’s the funny thing,” Terry said. “Just this big illuminated form.”

Steven Brown of Sacramento reported a similar sighting above Belle Cooledge Park.

Kaye Pinlac of Stockton reported seeing multiple glowing objects that appeared in a formation.

“They were almost in a diamond or triangle shape,” he said. “Then they just started separating.”

Some people have come out with the theory that it could have been floating luminaria light bags, which Mauth dismissed claiming it was too big and moved too fast. I disagree, because Chinese lanterns are EXACTLY what they look like. The wind, at height, can take them in strange directions.

Official air traffic controllers nor pilots have seen or heard anything about the phenomena and the FAA say there has been no unusual flight activity recently in that area.

As we reported before NYE, Sweden was gearing up for a spate of UFO reports that occur around the holiday from… Chinese lanterns.

Case closed people. The answer is obvious, we even WARNED you this would happen. I just wish news reporters would get on board. Honestly! This happens so often, it takes 5 minutes of googling to figure it out.

All UFO stories on Chinese Lanterns.

Floating orange balls of light, preparing for take off.

Floating orange balls of light, preparing for take off.

Addition: Media slow to catch up…

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  7 comments for “We warned you about the Chinese lanterns, California!

  1. AL
    January 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Yep, me and a friend saw these over San Jose CA, about five of them in the night sky on New Year’s eve flying in a triangular formation. My friend was freaking out, thinking at first they were space aliens, later thinking they were secret government helicopters that made no noise. I had no clue what they were at first, but I’m definitely not the type to go to space aliens or rogue helicopters as my first guess. I went home and googled, saw all these reports, and realized that Chinese lanterns matched what I saw pretty much perfectly, and is consistent with something that you might see on New Year’s eve.

  2. Nancy
    January 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I first saw them on July 4th last year when a couple of people were sending them up. Really cool. They go up very high

  3. January 3, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Those lanterns must not be used. They could start a forest fire.

  4. Blargh
    January 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    What Jonathan said. Unless you’re out on the ocean or in the deep desert, releasing them is reckless and irresponsible. Even if the forests are wet and covered with snow this time of year you can still wreak havoc (see the Smethwick fire).

    They’re basically low-powered Fu-Go.

  5. January 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    The same TV news station did a followup video story the next day, talking to a “UFO expert…” a guy who spoke from the assumption they were aliens, and speculated only on why they were here. He thought there might be something intriguing to them that drew them there, at that time, and wondered what it was. The “news reporters” expressed zero skepticism about the expert they presented.

    http://www.news10.net/video/default.aspx?bctid=3003767821001&odyssey=mod|tvideo|article

    Sigh.

  6. cplamb
    January 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    These things are illegal in New Jersey. The law puts them into the same catagory as fireworks. “It shall be unlawful for any person to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, possess or use, or explode any blank cartridge, toy pistol, toy cannon, toy cane or toy gun in which explosives are used; the type of balloon which requires fire underneath to propel the same…”

  7. Daniel
    January 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    I saw one UFO flying horizontally over Vandenberg Air Force base or the ocean three or four days ago at about 6:30 pm. It was flying in a southerly direction. If it was a Chinese lantern, it’s the best one ever. It flew slowly horizontally to the ground until it was out of viewing range. I was probably about 5 or 10 miles away. It could have been a military helicopter with a very bright white light, or something else earthly (and I suspect it was from Earth), but it didn’t seem like a Chinese lantern.

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