It’s getting pretty lame when I can recall 3 or 4 other stories of this nature just by memory.
In one, a circular object appears to hover. In another photo, something appears in front of impressive clouds. In a third picture, a lighted circle appears to stand on its side.
“I think the trick in UFO’s is figuring out what else they could be. It’s easy to say that could be the aliens,” said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, vice president for astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Not much to go on in this story. But some clues are “circular” and “hover” and “lighted circle appears to stand on its side”. There seem to be no videos of it, just still photos (so how can “hover” be concluded?). But the photos look remarkably similar to what’s been seen before. And explained previously here on Doubtful News, several times over.
Sumners is right in that there is a “trick” involved. One likely explanation that should be considered is that they are lighted remote-controlled quadcopters. Using such devices to spark UFO reports is very common. It’s also not uncommon to pull a stunt like this to see if it will get covered by the news media who will look silly for it. Or it is done to create a “buzz” for an event. The devices are highly manuverable and the lights on the four blades give the appearance of a circular object.
Or, it could be a constructed object. They are very easy to make from everyday materials, holiday lights, and mylar balloons. These can remain tethered but people have a hard time judging size and distance in the dark. Such pranks have fooled many.
It would be prudent for investigators to consider quadcopters or man-made devices in this case.
These devices are a problem for air traffic controllers and other aircraft in their path. There are serious problems with using drones because of FAA regulations.
Here are other similar cases where remote controlled devices caused concern for people on the ground.
As a sidenote: This media outlet conflates the story by asking “Do you believe in extraterrestrial life?” If you answer that question with the odds, you’d best say yes, as most people did. But that is a COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT tangent to this story where the question is “What did people see in the sky?” Answer: Likley man-made, not extraterrestrial.
I’m beginning to think local news makes us dumber.