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Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

From: Robert Powell <rpowell.nul>
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 12:48:41 -0500
Archived: Sat, 06 Aug 2011 14:18:14 -0400
Subject: Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>From: Martin Shough<parcellular.nul>
>Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 15:06:45 +0100
>Subject: Re: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>>From: Peter Davenport<director.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto<post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:29:29 -0700
>>Subject: Report From Lumberton NJ Witness 07-30-11

>>This first object, after passing over me, vanished.
>>Within 10 seconds of the first object vanishing, I noticed a
>>second object, exact same characteristics; once again appear on
>>the northern horizon.

>This successive passage of identical lights on roughly the same
>course, bright red-orange in colour and described as "fireballs"
>which then "vanish", is typical of fire balloons or 'Thai
>lanterns' as anyone familiar with investigation or even casual
>reading of large numbers of  reports ought to know.

I agree with Martin. I've launched Chinese Lanterns and this
type of behavior that was observed by the witness is very
typical of Chinese Lanterns. The color, constant motion, and
appearing to "vanish" all point towards Chinese Lanterns. I can
understand the witnesses' confusion as to what they were
observing. If I had not seen how a Chinese Lantern behaves, I
would also have been confused when seeing one for the first

>>It certainly took my breath away to see the shape, color and
>>rotation of the solid object as I illuminated it from below.

>A two-foot paper balloon 400 ft away would appear a little over
>1/4 degree across, as reported by the witness. It seems quite
>possible that his spotlight might illuminate it as it continued
>to drift away from him to the south until its internal air

>Both objects were travelling from north to south at a steady,
>not great, angular rate, about 2 deg/sec or less (45 sec from
>somewhere above the N horizon to almost overhead). Some of this
>rate would be real climb, some residue would be forward motion
>in a N-S direction. This suggests slow true speed. As does the
>fact that the second object was still within range of his
>spotlight after 3 minutes.

>The forecast for the New Jersey area that Saturday night,
>7/30/2011, was as described by the witrness - clear with a low of
>66 deg, and the forecast wind - which he does not mention - was
>light, from North to South.  See


The upper winds also varied from the north to north-northeast
between elevations of 290' to 4600'.

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