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Chinese lanterns likely to blame for West Palm Beach UFOs

A Chinese lantern being launched (credit: wishlantern.com)
A Chinese lantern being launched (credit: wishlantern.com)
Residents in the Florida areas of West Palm Beach and Wellington observed glowing UFOs in the sky during the New Year’s weekend. According to the Palm Beach Post, these UFOs were likely Chinese lanterns set off by residents celebrating the arrival of the new year.

One couple in Wellington witnessed two “red orange” lights floating over them, while a West Palm Beach resident saw four evenly-spaced red lights overhead.

A Massachusetts couple vacationing in Florida also witnessed glowing lights in the sky on New Year’s Eve, but having launched their own Chinese lanterns in the past, they were pretty convinced that what they observed on New Year’s Eve were Chinese lanterns. The couple explained to the Palm Beach Post, “If you don’t know what the thing is, you’re going to think it’s a UFO.”


(credit: WFTS / ABC)
(credit: WFTS / ABC)
A grandmother and her granddaughter recovered a Chinese lantern in the snowbird community of Ridgewood in Ellenton, Florida. However, they say they found the lantern two days before New Year’s.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Let us remain at all times the objective observers of all things natural and man made. Do not beleive everything you are told, and please retain a level of professionalism when conveying anything to another person without verifiable proof. Im sure most are familiar with the sayings related to Assumption.

  2. One of these “Chinese Lanterns” were traveling about 50 -70 miles per hour. Went across the house, started to flash 3 different colors….white, red, lavender in a sequence in a triangle, then went back up in the air in record speed. What a joke!!! I smell cover up. This was witness by myself and 3 other people.

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