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'Flaming UFOs' spark panic on Friday 13th

Posted on Sunday, 15 September, 2019 | Comment icon 18 comments

The objects were observed by multiple witnesses. Image Credit: YouTube / OnthegoGamingW/Ismail
Leicester residents took to social media in their droves on Friday to report an unusual spectacle over the city.
Friday 13th can be unnerving at the best of times, but when a number of flaming objects started to circle over Leicester during last week's occurrence of the infamous date, residents were left both perplexed and concerned about what was going on.

Social media was quickly abuzz with reports of the phenomenon and the local police also received numerous calls from residents who believed they were witnessing a plane crash.

Some even believed that the objects were extraterrestrial in nature.
"I've seen eight different objects with flames on them which then disappear," said witness Jess Taylor. "They look like rockets or exploded jets on aeroplanes."

"There's two blue balls of light going flying through the sky," another witness, Mackay Jamie, wrote on Faceook. "This is freaky. We've definitely got UFOs over Leicester tonight, people."

As it turned out however, there was a conventional explanation for the sightings.

"We are aware of a planned event where fireworks are being set off from planes in the Wigston and Leicester area," the police wrote on Twitter. "Please do not report this to the police as we have been advised by the organizers already. The same will be happening tomorrow (Saturday)."

Source: Leicester Mercury | Comments (18)

Tags: UFO

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome on 15 September, 2019, 6:29
The reporting is as you'd expect from any local newspaper extremely poor, but any organised aerobatic display would have been cleared with the Civil Aviation Authority. I'm sure they did publicise it, they may well have even publicised it through Leicester Live, but you know what people on Social Media are like.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Timothy on 15 September, 2019, 6:41
It would have been in a NOTAM. General public are only aware if they are aviation enthusiasts. Having said that, it is stupid if multiple people did call the police.  It’s obviously aircraft in control even in that low quality video. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome on 15 September, 2019, 6:43
This is the kind of thing, only filmed properly rather than by someone holding his phone in portrait mode.   
Comment icon #12 Posted by Bed of chaos on 15 September, 2019, 16:41
Article 'its coming right towards us!'. Well, if it hits you, we'll know what the hell it is.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hazel Eyes on 15 September, 2019, 18:37
Yup. It was also a publicity stunt for a new show, according to the following link. Edited to add: It was mentioned that in the link posted by Dumbledore. I missed watching/reading his post before posting this. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by the13bats on 15 September, 2019, 20:15
its been about 7 years back i was still in orlando, and i get awoke to low fast flying jets, it did sound scary, i go out and lots of planes in the sky, it was weird,  my neighbor who was a very anal excitable fellow is screaming on his phone to 911, i had already relaxed seeing most craft were vintage, another neighbor came out and announced it was just an air show, the anal neighbor got even more upset over that.
Comment icon #15 Posted by zygote_myles on 16 September, 2019, 6:04
Looks more like fireworks attached to drones than just fireworks on their own. You can see some kind of structure just underneath the sparks.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Galego on 16 September, 2019, 11:50
That's because they are actually planes. Gliders, to be precise.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 16 September, 2019, 12:21
Novichok capsules  
Comment icon #18 Posted by MissJatti on 21 September, 2019, 11:25
A man made object that exploded in the sky.

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