Location of Sighting: O’Fallon, Missouri
Date of Sighting: March 8, 2017
Time of Sighting: 7:30 PM CST
View Witness’ Video Footage on YouTube:
Description: I am not sure what this was. However, about 7:30 PM CST on Wed, Mar 8, 2017, I watched numerous orange balls of what appeared to be fire, coming up from the Western horizon, and arcing across the sky mostly to the eastern and north-eastern horizons. I took the linked video from my front lawn (O’Fallon, MO, USA near the intersection of Highway K and Route 364) beginning after watching in stunned amazement for probably ten minutes or so, but I managed to catch roughly the last 8 minutes of an amazing light show. Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.
I have seen this as well in Snohomish County, Washington approximately 5 years ago. It was the same deal in that they came from the horizon shooting to a point above me. They moved very quickly and hovered at least 2,000 feet above. They gradually disappeared. There were approximately 4-5 at a time.
At first I thought they were Chinese Lanterns, but the orange ball of light was hovering very slow above the tree line West to East, then it stopped, turned North and as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared. My husband and I have seen this twice now, both times in the Summer around the last week of July.
Yes, Chinese Lanterns don’t make right angle turns.
These are Chinese Lanterns. 100% certainty.
This looks like lanterns all being released from the same spot on the ground and all moving with the wind. Check the wind direction. Also the image is rotated 90 degrees to the right. Why?
The video was taken with a cell phone which explains the rotation. I classified this report as “Possible Chinese Lanterns.” (See end of report.)
The lights don’t appear to be meteors. Your guess is as good as mine.
I classified the report as “Possible Chinese Lanterns.”