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Man admits to causing New Jersey UFO scare


Posted on Monday, 17 September, 2018 | Comment icon 11 comments

The peculiar-looking object freaked out a lot of people. Image Credit: Reddit / thatsboot3101
A man has come forward on Reddit to explain how his science experiment ended up causing mass panic.
The incident in question, which occurred 8 years ago in New Jersey, saw dozens of people call local radio stations as well as the emergency services to report a long, thin, black object floating in the sky.

Fast-forward to the present and now a social media user who goes by the name 'thatsboot3101' has finally shed some light on exactly what it was that managed to spark so much panic that day.

The 'UFO', it turns out, was actually little more than a solar balloon created as a science experiment.

"This was just a really thin black plastic bag you'd fill with air, seal, and then set out in the sun," he wrote. "The sun would heat the air in the black bag and the bag would become buoyant and float."

When the first balloon they created managed to escape, the man and his friends thought little of it and set about creating another. The second one lasted quite a while before hitting a tree and popping.

"Oh well, mission success[ful]," he wrote.

It wasn't until years later however that the full consequences of the experiment became apparent.

"The balloon that got away had apparently blown a town over and caused a big UFO panic," the man wrote. "People were calling 911, the police, and local radio stations about it."

"Our boredom unintentionally created a UFO panic in central NJ."

Source: NJ.com | Comments (11)

Tags: UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by stereologist on 17 September, 2018, 21:20
Interesting story but the claims of mass panic seem to be false. Calling and reporting is not panic. The idea of panic here is about as true as it was for the 1938 WOTWs event.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog on 17 September, 2018, 23:29
Well the bag was black... and it's in the US !   
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 on 18 September, 2018, 12:48
Yeah, I'm shocked a cop didn't empty a clip into it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by stereologist on 18 September, 2018, 14:45
Cops in NJ do carry binoculars - at least some do. They probably quickly figured out it was trash blowing in the wind.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 18 September, 2018, 23:02
All of them do. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by stereologist on 19 September, 2018, 1:43
I knew that in a UFO incident NJ cops were able to identify the objects as flares hanging from balloons - using binoculars. The UFO group  investigating denied that was possible since the light were "proven" not to be flares by that same group. Then again someone confessed and was prosecuted. They even made videos of tying flares to balloons. Seems the UFO investigators were somewhat (totally) incompetent.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 19 September, 2018, 9:37
I don't even remember seeing this incident on NJNs police log, but I must of missed it because it was a side note but I've been reading it closely because I have a friend involved in all the *** Blocked *** stings up and down the state. The BFRO and 'Bigfoot Hunters' were poking around in a 100 acre Camden County game park where he was never sighted so the actions of the UFO "investigators" don't surprise me. Morons.....
Comment icon #9 Posted by stereologist on 19 September, 2018, 10:31
This is the event https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morristown_UFO_hoax A documentary covered the event. The documentary shows a NJ state trooper using binoculars identifying the objects as flares hanging from balloons. It also shows 3 investigators from some bumbling outfit that they had performed tests and shown that flares did not match the light sources.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Piney on 19 September, 2018, 10:37
@stereologist   I guess 'UFO Hunters' are the same ilk as 'Bigfoot Hunters' (I've never watched either show)   Lazy fools.......
Comment icon #11 Posted by Alien Origins on 21 September, 2018, 9:45
Just because some one wears a badge does not make their testimony ( aka sighting) any more valid than some one without a badge....It's all bad because we are human and have this innate ability to always get it wrong some how.


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