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Black blob UFO photographed in Washington

A UFO described as a big black blob was photographed over the town of Ellensburg, Washington on Tuesday. The witness says it “expanded and contracted like some kind of jagged, geometric puffer fish.”

Debbie Hulbert submitted the photo to the Daily Record, a local newspaper. Hulbert says she and her husband spotted the object at 4:30 pm. They say it hung in the air at about 1000 feet. The couple and their neighbors watched it for awhile trying to figure out what it was and took a few pictures.

Original Ellensburg UFO image. (Credit: Debbie Hulbert/Daily Record)

Hulbert told the Daily Record, “We’re all intensely curious. It was the strangest thing I’ve seen in a long time.”

The Daily Record sought the help of nearby Central Washington University’s departments of physics, chemistry, geography, aviation and science education to identify the object. No one was quite sure what was captured in the image. The only one who offered a comment was the physics department chair who said it might not have come from inside the surrounding Kittitas Valley.

The chief instructor at Midstate Aviation at the nearby Bowers Field said he had not heard of anyone mentioning spotting something strange in the sky that day.

The Daily Record had to take it upon themselves to solve the mystery. Upon closer examination of the photograph, they concluded the object was “balloons, trash bags somehow filled with helium or trash bags full of balloons were likely culprits.”

Ellensburg UFO magnified. (Credit: Debbie Hulbert/Daily Record)
Ellensburg UFO magnified. (Credit: Debbie Hulbert/Daily Record)

My colleague Jason McClellan agrees with their conclusion. I asked why someone would do that, and he said, “I would do it. Looks awesome!” He then went on to speculate, “…could have been an accident too. If some ceremony planned to release balloons, they could have had all the balloons in trash bags, but I guess it would have been weird to tie all the bags together, unless they were trying to keep the bags of balloons from flying away.  haha.  Fail!”

Daily Record readers have had a host of other ideas for what the object might be. A comment to the story on the Daily Record’s website says, “I’m going with a new Google delivery system.”

According to the Daily Record other suggestions have been, “space junk, the inflatable airbag landing system used by the Mars rovers, something related to Bigfoot, the Kryptonian crystals Superman used to build his Fortress of Solitude, or a novel drug trafficking technique.”

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Stupid and environmentally irresponsible. Whoever did this should have to wear a plastic bag on his or her head for 10 years!

  2. I saw something similar in Brooklyn, NYC…not so many edges but not a square or rectangle. I was very fortunate to see its origins, or it would have driven me mad. I was on the roof, flying my kite (yes BK hipster) and happened to be looking toward the power plant across the water and one of the exhaust stacks belched this huge black puke. It floated over us at 500 feet and we were able to see the petrolium gloss on its surface (s) it took about 20 minutes to makes way to my location and I was able to get 2 friends up to witness it with me… this was 2000 and our phones didn’t have cameras sadly. But this is a pretty close representation of what we saw. I have seen 3 real UFOs, sorry to debunk, but we must find the truth.

  3. Lol, this UFO is a bunch of black plastic trash bags that have been filled with helium and tied together. Mystery solved.

  4. I saw something like this while visiting Tulsa Oklahoma once, but it was moving faster than balloons would. It was pretty big, and the top was more dome like while the bottom looked like this. Was moving a steady speed in one direction… it was funny that everyone I had time to show it to while it flew over didn’t really care. I thought it was pretty weird though.

  5. The Daily Record had to take it upon themselves to solve the mystery is the lead story. Really, the Ellensburg UFO.jpg image examined using Infrared, HD imaging Film 585 x 618 pixels 53kb shows a different story. The Object shows it is emitting Electromagnetic Radiation which is surround the Object. When compared to images of balloons of any type or size show under the same processes there is none.

    Interestingly when you invert the color using Infrared and HD imaging you see clearly there are 3 hot spots of high heat that are diamond shaped and 3 areas that are in the range of 73 degrees and yet the exterior is cool in the 35 degree range.

    The Daily Record might want to get another expert who is not afraid of losing their job for telling the truth about the Objects anomalies.

  6. Ron is correct I believe, its a solar balloon. just garbage bags that have been heated up by the sun
    possibly preheated with jets of hot air in the bags before they tied them.
    who knows really.
    but theyre def garb bags

  7. Yeah, I’m with Truth. A “bunch of black plastic trash bags that have been filled with helium and tied together”. It’s the prank that keep on PRANKING! First fool the garbageman then fool the skywatchers.

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