Mystery sightings of orange orbs floating across evening sky

Dorset Echo: David Haigh of Chickerell, who spotted a possible UFO Buy this photo David Haigh of Chickerell, who spotted a possible UFO

PUZZLED residents are trying to solve the mystery of orange ‘flame-like’ orbs spotted floating across the sky.

Several sightings of the strange spherical objects have been reported in recent days.

Nina Seymour said she saw the object travelling north-west to south-east over the Haylands Estate on Portland at around 9.20pm on Saturday night.

“It was silent and rapidly disappeared into the clouds,” she said.

Peter Hunt then spotted an almost identical sight on Sunday evening as he was watching the kite festival firework display from his house on Bincleaves Road, Weymouth.

He said: “I noticed what looked like a circular orange light in a clear bit of sky.

“I thought it was a helicopter but it didn’t change at all as it came over.

“It was travelling quite fast and disappeared towards Portland.

“It travelled very steadily in a straight line and moved rapidly.”

Similar sightings have also been reported across the area.

David Haigh was among those to spot the unusual lights when he was heading home on the bus from Weymouth town centre to his home in Chickerell.

He said: “We could see these orange lights about the size of a football travelling across the sky.

“There were no navigational lights or anything so it couldn’t have been an aircraft or anything like that.

“They were about a quarter of a mile high and travelling too fast for the wind to be blowing them.”

Mr Haigh said that he and his fellow bus passengers could not come up with an explanation for what they were seeing.

He said: “It was quite strange, I have never seen anything like it. It really spooked us.

“Nobody had any idea what it could have been. UFOs are all we can think they are.”

Kevin Smith, 49, spotted the lights from his home in Vanguard Avenue.

He said: “It was about half ten at night and I just looked out the window and saw this orange light moving across the sky and then about another six or seven of them.

“I opened the window and there was no noise.”

Mr Smith added: “I counted 12 lights in all, it was really peculiar. They were all moving right across the sky more slowly than a helicopter or anything like that.

“They seemed to be coming over the Ridgeway and floating over towards Weymouth, they weren’t in any particular formation.

A Portland Coastguard spokesman said they received no reports of any strange sightings, but said Chinese lanterns or meteors could be the explanation.

He said: “We have had numerous calls of sightings of lanterns in the past.

“All the way along the coastline people have parties that include these items.

“You also have to consider meteor showers, which can be mistaken for distress flares.”

A Dorset Police spokesman also said they had not been alerted to anything unusual in the sky over the weekend.

He said: “We found nothing related to UFOs, orange lights, unidentified objects or anything similar.”

Over the years, there have been many reports of UFO sightings above the Ridgeway between Weymouth and Dorchester and above the A35.

Can you solve the mystery? Anyone who can explain the lights is asked to contact the Dorset Echo newsdesk on 01305 830999.

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12:32pm Wed 6 May 09

I Don't Like The New Echo Website says...

This is precisely why the Dorset Echo frustrates me SO much.

This has been covered count less times before by the Dorset Echo, and they act as if they have heard it for the first time.

http://www.dorsetech
o.co.uk/search/40668
55.Weymouth_UFO_myst
ery_solved/

The Dorset Echo want you to call them and help solve the mystery- just as they have asked before!

IT WAS CHINESE LANTERNS! JUST LIKE LAST TIME, AND THE TIME BEFORE...
This is precisely why the Dorset Echo frustrates me SO much. This has been covered count less times before by the Dorset Echo, and they act as if they have heard it for the first time. http://www.dorsetech o.co.uk/search/40668 55.Weymouth_UFO_myst ery_solved/ The Dorset Echo want you to call them and help solve the mystery- just as they have asked before! IT WAS CHINESE LANTERNS! JUST LIKE LAST TIME, AND THE TIME BEFORE... I Don't Like The New Echo Website
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12:53pm Wed 6 May 09

Dorsetdumpling says...

Yup! watched two on firework night through binoculars, and they were clearly some form of envelope with a burner slung underneath - still, great picture of concerned Weymouth resident watching the skies for alien invaders.....
Yup! watched two on firework night through binoculars, and they were clearly some form of envelope with a burner slung underneath - still, great picture of concerned Weymouth resident watching the skies for alien invaders..... Dorsetdumpling
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1:20pm Wed 6 May 09

Ask Archie says...

I knew no good would come of extended opening hours.
I knew no good would come of extended opening hours. Ask Archie
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1:50pm Wed 6 May 09

klax says...

I have seen the same ball of light just 2 days ago, I also filmed it and its not a plane or a helicopter. no more then a minute after that sighting a plane came into view witch i also recorded. you can the tell difference, one is a plane and one is an orb of light.

This was flying over Melbourne Australia. I also have several other pieces of footage of strange craft that do not resemble planes, jets, helicopters or swamp gas.
I have seen the same ball of light just 2 days ago, I also filmed it and its not a plane or a helicopter. no more then a minute after that sighting a plane came into view witch i also recorded. you can the tell difference, one is a plane and one is an orb of light. This was flying over Melbourne Australia. I also have several other pieces of footage of strange craft that do not resemble planes, jets, helicopters or swamp gas. klax
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2:03pm Wed 6 May 09

bungy says...

You can buy them in Poole
You can buy them in Poole bungy
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3:58pm Wed 6 May 09

free wessex says...

Yawn Bournemouth echo had similar story recently, why dont the Echo report on proper news like the recent stabbing in Bridport?
Yawn Bournemouth echo had similar story recently, why dont the Echo report on proper news like the recent stabbing in Bridport? free wessex
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6:06pm Wed 6 May 09

dopey says...


I like the caption under the photo..

Buy this photo » David Haigh of Chickerell, who spotted a possible UFO

This raises 2 questions:-

Have they sold out of this photo yet?

When can we buy a photo of the UFO?
I like the caption under the photo.. Buy this photo » David Haigh of Chickerell, who spotted a possible UFO This raises 2 questions:- Have they sold out of this photo yet? When can we buy a photo of the UFO? dopey
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6:57pm Wed 6 May 09

X Old Bill says...

UFO or Unidentified Flying Object.

Unidentified - The person who saw it did not know what it was at the time they saw it.

Flying - It was in the sky.

Object - It appeared to be solid.

This is the late Professor Karl Sagan's definition. He pointed out that it includes Birds, Airliners and party balloons. He didn't mention Chinese lanterns but I suspect he would have done nowadays.
UFO or Unidentified Flying Object. Unidentified - The person who saw it did not know what it was at the time they saw it. Flying - It was in the sky. Object - It appeared to be solid. This is the late Professor Karl Sagan's definition. He pointed out that it includes Birds, Airliners and party balloons. He didn't mention Chinese lanterns but I suspect he would have done nowadays. X Old Bill
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10:44pm Wed 6 May 09

mikeh62 says...

I watched the fireworks with my wife from the third floor Dormer Window of my house at the end of Bincleaves Road. When they finished,and we were still looking upwards, I noticed a dark orange shape travelling from the Ridgeway to Portland. I have been a technical person all my life, yet I could not identify what I was looking at, so I asked my wife's opinion. She said it was a helicopter, which I understand, as the orange light seemed to be to the front of whatever it was. She then went downstairs, but I stayed focussed on what I was seeing. It was not something I could recognise. It seemed to have the trajectory of a satellite; it was quick, smooth and totally silent, yet seemed only just above the clouds. I watched for at least 30 seconds as it travelled from in front of me, overhead, then disappeared over my right shoulder in the direction of Portland.

Could someone please explain what a Chinese Lantern is?
I watched the fireworks with my wife from the third floor Dormer Window of my house at the end of Bincleaves Road. When they finished,and we were still looking upwards, I noticed a dark orange shape travelling from the Ridgeway to Portland. I have been a technical person all my life, yet I could not identify what I was looking at, so I asked my wife's opinion. She said it was a helicopter, which I understand, as the orange light seemed to be to the front of whatever it was. She then went downstairs, but I stayed focussed on what I was seeing. It was not something I could recognise. It seemed to have the trajectory of a satellite; it was quick, smooth and totally silent, yet seemed only just above the clouds. I watched for at least 30 seconds as it travelled from in front of me, overhead, then disappeared over my right shoulder in the direction of Portland. Could someone please explain what a Chinese Lantern is? mikeh62
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11:42pm Wed 6 May 09

weymouthfox says...

This local cider is powerful stuff. I saw a mermaid on the beach last night.
This local cider is powerful stuff. I saw a mermaid on the beach last night. weymouthfox
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11:42pm Wed 6 May 09

weymouthfox says...

This local cider is powerful stuff. I saw a mermaid on the beach last night.
This local cider is powerful stuff. I saw a mermaid on the beach last night. weymouthfox
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9:23am Thu 7 May 09

mikeh62 says...

Have just found the Flying Latern web-site. Amazing. I had no idea. My wife & I are reasonably sure that that is was we saw (see earlier post).
Have just found the Flying Latern web-site. Amazing. I had no idea. My wife & I are reasonably sure that that is was we saw (see earlier post). mikeh62
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9:32am Thu 7 May 09

patregan says...

The lights seen are called "ORBLs" – known as Orange Balls of Light. Dr Hynek investigated them and they are a known UFO term.
We have reported on the same phenomena in Cumbria of late, which was followed recently by an earthquake of 3.7 magnitudes

Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research
The lights seen are called "ORBLs" – known as Orange Balls of Light. Dr Hynek investigated them and they are a known UFO term. We have reported on the same phenomena in Cumbria of late, which was followed recently by an earthquake of 3.7 magnitudes Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research patregan
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9:45am Thu 7 May 09

patregan says...

I may add: similar reports have also arrived at our desk from other UK regions. NWUR welcome any public feedback on these phenomena. “Chinese lanterns”, mentioned as a potential cause of these lights, have in fact been dismissed by our research in many instances too as the lights moved against the wind and something erratically in windless conditions.

http://www.ssgb.brav
ehost.com/cumbrian_o
rbls.htm

Best wishes

Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research




I may add: similar reports have also arrived at our desk from other UK regions. NWUR welcome any public feedback on these phenomena. “Chinese lanterns”, mentioned as a potential cause of these lights, have in fact been dismissed by our research in many instances too as the lights moved against the wind and something erratically in windless conditions. http://www.ssgb.brav ehost.com/cumbrian_o rbls.htm Best wishes Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research patregan
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10:51am Thu 7 May 09

Atalanta says...

I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area.

Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-)
I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area. Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-) Atalanta
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10:53am Thu 7 May 09

Atalanta says...

I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area.

Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-)
I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area. Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-) Atalanta
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11:05am Thu 7 May 09

Atalanta says...

I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area.

Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-)
I saw two 'UFO's recently as I was driving along the Chickerell relief road towards Weymouth. As I approached the roundabout by Wessex Stadium/Police Station, I could see clearly that they were Chinese Lanterns as they were right in front of me and quite low. It appeared they had just been let off from the Police Station area. Now let's see if we get some breakthrough news that our Police force have solved the mystery ;-) Atalanta
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11:26am Thu 7 May 09

Dorsetdumpling says...

Curses! - the Patregan has demolished the cover story in my earlier posting with his flawless scientific argument.

Allright I confess - I am in fact an alien from the planet Sreggubyllis-gniyalp
, planted on your planet to deal with any sightings of the advance scouts from our invasion fleet - a fleet which has now been recalled since we no longer have the element of surprise with the likes of the great DavidHaigh scanning the skies so resolutely for our presence..

(Although I would point out, that he is in fact, looking IN TOTALLY THE WRONG DIRECTION - so there!)

Pesky humans.

Goodbye.

Oh, and don't bother reporting any sightings of my craft as I return home 'cos I have now told everyone about it and it won't be news (- although that's never stopped you in the past.)

PS - anyone know of any offies or farmers' markets in the Alpha Cenatauri region where I can buy some decent farmhouse cider? - I seem to have developed a rather worrying dependency on the stuff since I've been here....
Curses! - the Patregan has demolished the cover story in my earlier posting with his flawless scientific argument. Allright I confess - I am in fact an alien from the planet Sreggubyllis-gniyalp , planted on your planet to deal with any sightings of the advance scouts from our invasion fleet - a fleet which has now been recalled since we no longer have the element of surprise with the likes of the great DavidHaigh scanning the skies so resolutely for our presence.. (Although I would point out, that he is in fact, looking IN TOTALLY THE WRONG DIRECTION - so there!) Pesky humans. Goodbye. Oh, and don't bother reporting any sightings of my craft as I return home 'cos I have now told everyone about it and it won't be news (- although that's never stopped you in the past.) PS - anyone know of any offies or farmers' markets in the Alpha Cenatauri region where I can buy some decent farmhouse cider? - I seem to have developed a rather worrying dependency on the stuff since I've been here.... Dorsetdumpling
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12:23pm Thu 7 May 09

Genghis says...

Dorsetdumpling wrote:
Curses! - the Patregan has demolished the cover story in my earlier posting with his flawless scientific argument. Allright I confess - I am in fact an alien from the planet Sreggubyllis-gniyalp , planted on your planet to deal with any sightings of the advance scouts from our invasion fleet - a fleet which has now been recalled since we no longer have the element of surprise with the likes of the great DavidHaigh scanning the skies so resolutely for our presence.. (Although I would point out, that he is in fact, looking IN TOTALLY THE WRONG DIRECTION - so there!) Pesky humans. Goodbye. Oh, and don't bother reporting any sightings of my craft as I return home 'cos I have now told everyone about it and it won't be news (- although that's never stopped you in the past.) PS - anyone know of any offies or farmers' markets in the Alpha Cenatauri region where I can buy some decent farmhouse cider? - I seem to have developed a rather worrying dependency on the stuff since I've been here....
Look us Alpha Centaurians as these monkey-based lifeforms call us(it's Psychosia in our language) have been down on this backward planet conducting research far longer than you Sreggubyllis-gniyalp
ians. Why don't you try Jupiter instead?

PS: not sure about offies but there's a really good Thlurgobbian Lungfish and Chip shop on Aldabaran IV.
[quote][p][bold]Dorsetdumpling[/bold] wrote: Curses! - the Patregan has demolished the cover story in my earlier posting with his flawless scientific argument. Allright I confess - I am in fact an alien from the planet Sreggubyllis-gniyalp , planted on your planet to deal with any sightings of the advance scouts from our invasion fleet - a fleet which has now been recalled since we no longer have the element of surprise with the likes of the great DavidHaigh scanning the skies so resolutely for our presence.. (Although I would point out, that he is in fact, looking IN TOTALLY THE WRONG DIRECTION - so there!) Pesky humans. Goodbye. Oh, and don't bother reporting any sightings of my craft as I return home 'cos I have now told everyone about it and it won't be news (- although that's never stopped you in the past.) PS - anyone know of any offies or farmers' markets in the Alpha Cenatauri region where I can buy some decent farmhouse cider? - I seem to have developed a rather worrying dependency on the stuff since I've been here....[/p][/quote]Look us Alpha Centaurians as these monkey-based lifeforms call us(it's Psychosia in our language) have been down on this backward planet conducting research far longer than you Sreggubyllis-gniyalp ians. Why don't you try Jupiter instead? PS: not sure about offies but there's a really good Thlurgobbian Lungfish and Chip shop on Aldabaran IV. Genghis
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1:02pm Thu 7 May 09

Albo says...

patregan wrote:
I may add: similar reports have also arrived at our desk from other UK regions. NWUR welcome any public feedback on these phenomena. “Chinese lanterns”, mentioned as a potential cause of these lights, have in fact been dismissed by our research in many instances too as the lights moved against the wind and something erratically in windless conditions. http://www.ssgb.brav ehost.com/cumbrian_o rbls.htm Best wishes Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research
It's fine, pal. Keep wearing the tin-foil helmet and The Man won't be able to find your brain waves
[quote][p][bold]patregan[/bold] wrote: I may add: similar reports have also arrived at our desk from other UK regions. NWUR welcome any public feedback on these phenomena. “Chinese lanterns”, mentioned as a potential cause of these lights, have in fact been dismissed by our research in many instances too as the lights moved against the wind and something erratically in windless conditions. http://www.ssgb.brav ehost.com/cumbrian_o rbls.htm Best wishes Pat Regan, Founder of North West UFO Research [/p][/quote]It's fine, pal. Keep wearing the tin-foil helmet and The Man won't be able to find your brain waves Albo
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3:44pm Thu 7 May 09

boxfile says...

This is no laughing matter, you wouldn't think it so funny if you had been teleported from your bed, waking up to the sound of rotary laser spinning things in front of your eyes. A blinding flash and there you are staring out of a bucket, watching some hideous looking creature sqeezing their slimy limbs into your flesh bag!!!
Oh, hang on that, was episode of Dr Who wasn't it? Sory!!!!
This is no laughing matter, you wouldn't think it so funny if you had been teleported from your bed, waking up to the sound of rotary laser spinning things in front of your eyes. A blinding flash and there you are staring out of a bucket, watching some hideous looking creature sqeezing their slimy limbs into your flesh bag!!! Oh, hang on that, was episode of Dr Who wasn't it? Sory!!!! boxfile
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6:58pm Thu 7 May 09

X Old Bill says...

No, no, stop it please, my sides are starting to ache!

I bet the bloke from Southport wears a tank-top and speaks with a squeaky voice.
He could do with chatting to a meteorologist about 'crossing winds'. Farmers and Fisherman have been using them for years to predict weather.
No, no, stop it please, my sides are starting to ache! I bet the bloke from Southport wears a tank-top and speaks with a squeaky voice. He could do with chatting to a meteorologist about 'crossing winds'. Farmers and Fisherman have been using them for years to predict weather. X Old Bill
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7:23pm Thu 7 May 09

I Don't Like The New Echo Website says...

The bloke from Southport is clearly stark raving mad.

I bet he is sat at his desk with a pencil in each nostril as I type this.

Wibble
The bloke from Southport is clearly stark raving mad. I bet he is sat at his desk with a pencil in each nostril as I type this. Wibble I Don't Like The New Echo Website
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10:37am Fri 8 May 09

Dorsetdumpling says...

Er - Hi guys

Me again

- still here as you can see....

Anyone got any jump leads for a 1959 Starblaster Mk II flying saucer??? (the one with the chromed cosmic dust filters)

PS thanks for all the leads about the cider - so Castle cider is actually rocket fuel brewed just south of Alpha Centauri eh?
- who knew??
Er - Hi guys Me again - still here as you can see.... Anyone got any jump leads for a 1959 Starblaster Mk II flying saucer??? (the one with the chromed cosmic dust filters) PS thanks for all the leads about the cider - so Castle cider is actually rocket fuel brewed just south of Alpha Centauri eh? - who knew?? Dorsetdumpling
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7:25pm Sun 10 May 09

UFOwga says...

I photographed an orange anomaly, which landed in the trees less than 3 meters from my POV?
http://www.UFOdc.com

UFO anomalies on National Geographic Magazine: http://ngm.nationalg
eographic.com/myshot
/gallery/26800
UFO's on AVID.com: http://community.avi
d.com/media/all/defa
ult.aspx?Sort=Views
I photographed an orange anomaly, which landed in the trees less than 3 meters from my POV? http://www.UFOdc.com UFO anomalies on National Geographic Magazine: http://ngm.nationalg eographic.com/myshot /gallery/26800 UFO's on AVID.com: http://community.avi d.com/media/all/defa ult.aspx?Sort=Views UFOwga
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