On the evening of July 4th, 2009, WhalesInSpace.com was the first website to post sightings of Orange Ball of Lights (ORBL) from that night, starting over Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Since then, dozens of sightings, from all over the United States and all over the world have come in, reporting groups or single orange and orange red UFOs.
A common explanation for this phenomenon is Chinese lanterns. While this theory held up better in a recent string of ORBL sightings over the UK, because of the close proximity of those sightings, it falls apart when you have have coast to coast reports of similar lights across the US.
The website, www.lowpricememory.co.uk that sells Chinese Flying Lanterns was posted by a WhalesInSpace reader, I presume to ‘prove’ that what people were seeing on July 4th were Chinese Lanterns. The product description states the lanterns, which measure 36cm or about 14 inches by 90cm or 35 inches and reach heights of 1000 meters or 3280 feet during their 15 to 20 minute lifespan. First, there is no way something with a 20 minute flight could explain sightings in 10 states across the US, unless there was a coordinated mass launching of lanterns. Also, I have never heard of people setting off Chinese Lanterns for the 4th of July.
Below is a video of a group of Chinese lanterns being launched. Could this be what people saw on the night of July 4th 2009?
If the Orange Balls of Light Chinese Lantern Theory (ORBLCLT) doesn’t fit, what does?
How about giant flying bioluminescent dinosaurs?
A recent episode of History Channel’s Monster Quest explored reports of pterodactyl-like creatures that have been seen in the skies of Papua New Guinea. Called a ropen or flying demon, it is said to be bioluminescent and blurry video and photos presented by Monster Quest and monster hunters Paul Nation and Garth Guessman look a lot like the video and photos from the UK and July 4th ORBL sightings.
The natives of Umboi Island of Papua New Guinea have stories of unexplained lights in the skies and tales of giant flying dinosaur like creatures that go back generations. More recent sightings, such as the Duane Hodgkinson “pterodactyl” sighting in 1944 and 1994 Gideon Koro, Wesley Koro, and Mesa Agustin sighting, reporting a huge 20 foot plus wing span on a pteranodon or pterodactyl like creature, a crested head, and in night time sightings a glow or bioluminescent quality.
What are bioluminescent pterodactyls doing flying over Pennsylvania, Washington State, Missouri, Ohio, and other parts of the US on the 4th of July?
Would you rather except they are little green men from another planet in flying orange orbs?
“A procession of the damned.
By the damned, I mean the excluded.
We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.”
Charles Fort – The Book of The Damned (1919)
I don’t know what people saw on July 4th. They were UFOs for sure. Unidentified flying objects.