Orange lights over Bournemouth usher in a new year

THE truth is out there. Sightings of mysterious orange lights in the skies over the festive period have sparked a flurry of calls to the Daily Echo.

Retired plumber Peter Pearson, 66, said he and his family spotted a glowing orange sphere over Barton-on-Sea at around 6.55am on Christmas morning.

The object shot over the skies near his home in Keysworth Avenue heading towards Bournemouth.

Mr Pearson said: “We thought it was a plane crashing or a meteorite. It was a fast orange ball and it went from east to west. My son started filming it on his mobile. Then it disappeared.

“We waited for the noise of the aircraft but there was nothing. Obviously we don’t believe in UFOs but it was not man-made.”

Ivor Freemantle, 69, of Brixey Road, Parkstone, said he spotted similar orange/white lights near his house just minutes into New Year’s Day.

"It was a fast orange ball and it went from east to west. My son started filming it on his mobile. Then it disappeared."

Retired plumber Peter Pearson

He said: “I saw three lights high up in the sky evenly spaced in a line. I used to work at Bournemouth Airport and am used to seeing aeroplanes and I never saw any lights like that.”

Father-of-three Michael Anderson saw four orange lights moving across the sky at around 8pm on Christmas Eve.

He said: “They were 20m apart and disappeared one by one into the clouds. It lasted for about 10 minutes.”

One explanation is that the lights were Chinese lanterns released to celebrate the festive period.

However, Steve Hawker, secretary of Dorset Earth Mysteries Group, said: “It would be implausible for them (aliens) not to exist.”

Steve Williams, watch officer at Portland Coastguard, said they had not received any reports about lights in Bournemouth, but added: “We have had a lot of calls about Chinese lanterns lately. It’s becoming a bit of a problem for us.

“Sometimes people see aircraft flashing lights, marker buoys offshore or meteorites. Recently Venus has been very bright in the evening sky and can look as if it’s moving.”

Sally Windsor, spokesperson for Bournemouth Airport, said there had been no unusual flying activity from the airport over the festive period and no aircraft incidents.

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9:47am Fri 2 Jan 09

cooperman says...

that police helicopter can confuse !!!
that police helicopter can confuse !!! cooperman
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11:18am Fri 2 Jan 09

nobull says...

We saw one of the orange lights over Redhill Drive at 00.05hrs. You can not tell it's size because you do not know it's height It was traveling with the wind so it was most likely to have been a hot air lantern happy new year UFO watchers xx
We saw one of the orange lights over Redhill Drive at 00.05hrs. You can not tell it's size because you do not know it's height It was traveling with the wind so it was most likely to have been a hot air lantern happy new year UFO watchers xx nobull
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11:25am Fri 2 Jan 09

PokesdownMark says...

Obviously this time it was angels delivering gold teeth. Otherwise how do you explain the sons mobile phone being made to disappear?
MIRACLE!

Obviously this time it was angels delivering gold teeth. Otherwise how do you explain the sons mobile phone being made to disappear? MIRACLE! PokesdownMark
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12:02pm Fri 2 Jan 09

paul.p says...

Do you really think anything off this world would visit this corrupt and sick planet? Move along, nothing to see here....oh look there's Jesus shopping at Lidl's.....
Do you really think anything off this world would visit this corrupt and sick planet? Move along, nothing to see here....oh look there's Jesus shopping at Lidl's..... paul.p
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1:50pm Fri 2 Jan 09

Tripod says...

Aliens looking for refunds on their Lapland tickets?

Or maybe just lanterns (again!).
Aliens looking for refunds on their Lapland tickets? Or maybe just lanterns (again!). Tripod
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8:58pm Fri 2 Jan 09

rook says...

I saw one tonight! It was slightly to the North of the Moon and Venus, although not quite as bright as Venus, but an orangy colour - definitely not red like plane lights.

It moved quite steadily, but changed direction gradually, then disappeared. It was over the direction of Corfe Mullen.

Anyway, it wasn't a normal plane, so it must have been visitors from another planet.

I saw one tonight! It was slightly to the North of the Moon and Venus, although not quite as bright as Venus, but an orangy colour - definitely not red like plane lights. It moved quite steadily, but changed direction gradually, then disappeared. It was over the direction of Corfe Mullen. Anyway, it wasn't a normal plane, so it must have been visitors from another planet. rook
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11:48pm Fri 2 Jan 09

carlspurg says...

fireworks maybe???????
the lighter ones tend to burn out slowly and drift through the sky.
fireworks maybe??????? the lighter ones tend to burn out slowly and drift through the sky. carlspurg
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10:17am Mon 5 Jan 09

Tig says...

We saw them at midnight, moving from east to west just over Lilliput or the coastline of Shore Road area (we noticed them from Conifer Park, which is near Whitecliff).

There were three glowing orange lights travelling in a line behind one another at roughly the speed an aircraft would move (definitely NOT lanterns, whatever this was it was motorised). The three were joined by a 4th, which was trailing slightly behind, but appeared to speed up a bit to catch them up.

Although there was no noise, there were fireworks going off near us, so it was hard to say for definite that they were silent. Although were were puzzled (mainly apparent lack of noise, colour - glowing orange and no green or red plane lights), we assumed it must be some local flying club having a jaunt out to see the New Year's Eve celebrations from the air, or even doing it to cause a stir.

As I say, these lights were most definitely motorised, so NOT lanterns and NOT fireworks and they were flying with a purpose!
We saw them at midnight, moving from east to west just over Lilliput or the coastline of Shore Road area (we noticed them from Conifer Park, which is near Whitecliff). There were three glowing orange lights travelling in a line behind one another at roughly the speed an aircraft would move (definitely NOT lanterns, whatever this was it was motorised). The three were joined by a 4th, which was trailing slightly behind, but appeared to speed up a bit to catch them up. Although there was no noise, there were fireworks going off near us, so it was hard to say for definite that they were silent. Although were were puzzled (mainly apparent lack of noise, colour - glowing orange and no green or red plane lights), we assumed it must be some local flying club having a jaunt out to see the New Year's Eve celebrations from the air, or even doing it to cause a stir. As I say, these lights were most definitely motorised, so NOT lanterns and NOT fireworks and they were flying with a purpose! Tig
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10:45am Tue 6 Jan 09

Audrey says...

sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere.
sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere. Audrey
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10:45am Tue 6 Jan 09

Audrey says...

sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere.
sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere. Audrey
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10:45am Tue 6 Jan 09

Audrey says...

sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere.
sightings 6.30 pm.southburne new years eve. My son serving in the navy in HMS Illustrious with first hand knowledge of air traffic night and day. Nothing like the three orange lights we stopped car in amazenment to see. certainly `driven` wentoff UP into atmosphere. Audrey
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