UFOs spotted above Manhattan causes panic and calls to 911

ABC report: Mystery in the sky

"Shiny, circular objects" were seen flying above Manhattan in New York on October 13 (US time), prompting people to speculate whether or not the sightings were extraterrestrial UFOs, reports LATimes.com.

UFO believers, according to the report, cited the press release for Challenges of Change, a newly published book by retired North American Aerospace Defense Command Officer Stanley A. Fulham. The press release reads: "Fulham tentatively predicts October 13, 2010 as the date for a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities. According to the author, the aliens will neither land nor communicate on that date; they are aware from eons of experience with other planets in similar conditions their sudden intervention would cause fear and panic."

Youtube video allegedly shot in midtown Manhattan

However, Spanish newspaper El Mundo, said, "Unfortunately for the advocates of ’I want to believe,’ what they saw were not UFOs, but dozens of yellow balloons that the City of Madrid dropped in Times Square to promote tourism in the Great Via, which this year celebrates 100 years." But the New York Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it is protocol for them to be notified in advance if there is a planned weather balloon release like Madrid’s yellow balloons. According to LATimes.com, though, "neither agency received alerts."

Another possible explanation for the sightings came from an elementary class of the Milestone School in Mount Vernon. According to LATimes.com, they claimed the objects in the sky were white balloons for the engagement party of language arts teacher Andrea Craparo. Allegedly, the balloons were accidentally blown away.

The FAA, who said they did not detect anything unusual in their radar information on October 13, said the next day that the objects remain unidentified. "We’ll let people draw their own conclusions as to what they saw in the air over New York City," FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.

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