A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan’s West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city. The reports, around 6 PM EST, are mainly saying that people have been seeing a UFO, or group of UFOs, hovering over the city. There is speculation that these are simply weather balloons (they always say that!), but there are plenty of folks that honest-to-goodness believe.
Law enforcement sources said they believed the object was likely some sort of balloon, but as of late Wednesday they had not confirmed exactly what it is. A Daily News reporter could see a tiny, silver dot floating approximately 5,000 feet above 23th St. and Eighth Ave., where dozens of people gathered late in the afternoon to catch a glimpse.
“Some people saw something described as yellow with blue lights surrounding it,” said FAA spokesman Jim Peters. “Every once in a while you get phone calls from people who see something they can’t explain.” The unusual sightings sent the Twitter community into a flurry with several users saying they had seen people “vaporized” by the unidentified flying objects.
Cops said they received two 911 calls about the phenomenon but were not investigating the matter. They could not confirm any reports of people being vaporized. Ominously, yesterday there was supposed to be “a massive UFO display over the world’s principal cities,” according to “Challenges of Change,” a book on extraterrestrials written by Retired NORAD Air Force Officer Stanley A. Fulham.