I am not sure how many people caught a glimpse of what many are calling a “UFO” hovering over Manhattan’s West Side today. I cannot say that I saw it firsthand but the stories began to pop up online everywhere. Many people also began to update their facebook statuses and tweeting about this odd occurrence.
From the stories I have read it looks like the initial calls began to pour into the FAA and Police stations early this afternoon, around 1:00pm EDT from people frantically reporting the shiny object hovering over the Chelsea area.
Of course law enforcement gave the statement that it was likely some sort of balloon but even going into the evening hours they were not able to confirm or deny exactly what it was (insert X-Files creepy music here)
Eyewitnesses guessed the “Unidentified Flying Objects” height of about 5000ft over the crowded sidewalks. It was pretty easy to spot since the sky was clear and the weather was near perfect for UFO sightings! ;)
There was also a lot of commotion on Twitter regarding a press-release which announced the publication of a book by a retired NORAD officer predicting October 13th as being the day extraterrestrial vehicles to hover over Earth’s major cities. To read the press release click here.
The FAA has yet to provide an exact explanation of what this “thing” was in the sky. Spokesperson for the FAA, Jim Peters commented ” We re-ran radar to see if there was anything there that we can’t account for but there is nothing in the area. There was some helicopter traffic over the river at that time and we checked with LaGuardia Tower. And they said they had nothing going low at that time.”
You have to agree, that if this was some sort of weather balloon or other organized balloon release that the authorities would have been notified in advance, right? I am very interested in seeing what sort of explanations come out in the days to follow!