There have been numerous news stories about people spotting an airborne Chinese lanterns and mistaking it for a UFO, an atmospheric quirk, or something similar. Here’s another story of why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions when you see mysterious lights in the night sky.
Chicago residents recently thought they witnessed UFOs slowly moving above the city’s south side. A woman driving along 35th Street and Western Avenue around 8 p.m. saw nearly a dozen people looking up at the sky. When she herself spotted the orange-colored blinking lights moving in the sky, she took a video with her mobile phone camera. One person on the video can be heard saying, “They came from Roswell,” a reference to the famous 1947 crash of an alleged alien craft in Roswell, New Mexico. But these “flying saucers soon became IFOs (identified flying objects). Renee Hutchinson, founder and president of the Baby James Foundation – which fights for strict child abuse laws – said the mystery nighttime lights were lanterns released in memory of abuse victims. The organization launched the lanterns as part of their annual anti-child-abuse rally “in honor of the angels”. It may seem an unusual way to get attention for the cause, but the point is…it worked.
Using the small sky lanterns for special celebrations is more customary, but using them on behalf of worthy causes, why not?Google+