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UFO riddle of glowing orange disc

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: May 12, 2009

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A BRIGHT orange light in the sky above Brixham caught the eye of resident Anthony Sherwood who is confident that what he witnessed was a UFO.

He watched the illuminated 'disc' from his living room window in Summer Lane around 9.30pm on Saturday.

After seeing it fly in a straight line about half-a-mile above the rooftops, Anthony stood in awe as the object headed up into the skies at a 60-degree angle before vanishing into the clouds.

"I thought at first it was an incredibly bright star but it was so bright it couldn't have been," he explained.

"Then I saw it moving and I thought it was something different. It had a constant orange glow and it wasn't flashing.

"It was very bright and above Southdown Hills.

"It was going away from me and was moving quite slowly. It was hard to tell how big it was because there was nothing to compare it with.

"I was expecting it to zoom off at any second but it just went at a steady speed.

"When I first saw it, it was pretty low above the rooftops.

"Then it stopped on its trajectory and headed up into the sky in a straight line. It turned black, then wobbled a bit when it went into the clouds and disappeared.

"It was as if it was on some sort of course."

He added: "It was disc like and raised up in the middle. It looked like it was on its side with the brightness underneath and a glint on the side.

"It was definitely an unidentified object."

Anthony, 44, an acrylic fabricator for Luminati in Ivybridge, watched the strange sight for about five minutes with his 12-year-old daughter Jasmine.

"I was having a cigarette out the window and I was looking around and it caught my eye because it was so bright," he said.

"I was going to look for my telescope, but my camera was right on the windowsill so I took a picture instead.

"My daughter was amazed. It freaked her out a bit because she started thinking about aliens.

"It's my first sighting of anything like this and I'm surprised other people haven't reported seeing it.

"There's Government things and stuff we don't know about, I don't necessarily think it was aliens but I like to keep an open mind."

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    Andy M, Somerset  |  May 14 2009, 10:26AM

    It's very comforting to know there are so many experts on this subject out there. How incredibly arrogant people are to tell this man what it is he saw. It's precisely this kind of ridicule and lay-expert speculation that gives those who are brave enough to publicly report such objests a bad reputation. It was long ago the masses were led to believe that the earth was flat or that the sun was the centre of the universe. Keep an open mind people. Of all the trillions of planets circling the billions of sun, are we that arrogant to assume that Earth is the only place intelligent life could exist. (I say exist rather than evolve but it's likely mankind too isn't a native species to this planet). Wake up and do some research people!

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    Zaphod Beeblebrox, The Starship "Heart of Gold"  |  May 13 2009, 3:46PM

    In defense of Mr Sherwood, the object has not been conclusively identified (and thus is still unidentified), was indeed flying and was also an object, therefore it remains a UFO. Even Mr Sherwood seemed to think it was of terrestrial origin - sadly, though, the "chinese lantern" theory sounds far too pausible, so I don't think ET will be phoning home on this occasion...

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    Rhonda, Brixham  |  May 13 2009, 9:11AM

    I have seen these before in Brixham! There is definitely some sort of UFO hotspot here. I believe I have been taken aboard a ufo ship back in 1986 and to this day am terrified if I see anything gray and alien sized. (the aliens I encountered were somewhat gray/green. It may well have been a lantern this time but I am 100% sure aliens have been making regular visits to this area of Devon for a long time.

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    Carl, Brixham  |  May 13 2009, 7:50AM

    The wedding party at Ye Old Churston Court lit and set off some of the new "flying lanterns" available online from retailers at about 9pm because it was entertainment for the children. All of the said Lanterns disappeared into the evenings sky. They had numerous colours but all of the shape of which is described. Not a UFO at all, simply makes sense that the UFO was a flying lantern released from a local destination on a wedding party.

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    Phil Space, Torbay  |  May 12 2009, 9:31AM

    Slow news day? Orange? Living room window? Arc shaped (but on its side)? Glint on one side? Why, it's our old friend lens flare. If I were a betting man, I'd stake money on being able to make this "UFO" reappear. Even Antony seems to suggest it was nothing too peculiar - "It was definitely an unidentified object." Yes, a flare.

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    Doc, Torre  |  May 12 2009, 9:10AM

    Possibly a 'Chinese Lantern' - the ones with a night-light inside which makes them fly and gives them an orange and sometimes pulsating glow. With no reference points it's difficult to correctly identify size, speed and direction, while changing winds at different altitudes can make the Lanterns move around in an odd way. See 'YouTube' for video examples of Chinese Lanterns in flight.