UFO mystery of lights in Chippenham sky

Dewi Jones, right, shos his UFO pictures to friends Adam Nicholson, back left, Luke Chess and Tom Williams

Dewi Jones' photo of two of the orange lights in the sky above Chippenham

First published in News by , Group editor

Mystery lights in the skies above Chippenham in the early hours of Sunday morning have left people wondering if the town was visited by UFOs.

Dewi Jones of Chippenham said he noticed a series of bright orange orbs in the sky just after midnight on Saturday.

He said: "I had let the dog out in the garden when I noticed some strange lights in the sky over Chippenham. Strangely, they seemed to be flying in what I would describe as a formation, one behind the other and they appeared to be a uniform distance between them.

"They appeared not to be too high in the sky but did not make any sound.

"The sound of the Hercules and other aircraft that fly over Chippenham are distinctive, but there was certainly no sound from these moving lights."

He added: "They appeared to be flying over Chippenham from the Calne direction and then over Lyneham road turning right towards Lyneham.

"They appeared to be circular in shape giving off a bright orange light which didn't flicker at all, just a constant glow.

"There were no aircraft flashing lights on any of them."

Mr Jones sent a picture of the orbs he took as they sped away.

Pam O'Donnell contacted the Gazette to say her daughter had also seen the lights.

"My daughter and her boyfriend were walking home from a party , she rang me to say go outside. She could see orange objects in the sky, seven of them, flying along, no noise, they all stopped still and then continued," she said.

"I looked out with my daughter and we saw two of them going over, fast, no noise then they just disappeared.

"Research on the net shows similar sightings in chippenham, ufos? Military stuff? They can't be Chinese lanterns as surely they wouldn't all stop in a line then continue?"

Richard Hucker of Chipenham also got in touch. He said: "I counted 29 orange Balls travelling south nto north between 12.10 and 12.25 am when I was out having a cigarette before going to bed.

"The lights had no sound with them were just below the cloud cover and were not moving with the direction of wind or cloud.

"They were going faster than a plane but took about two minutes to go out of sight from the south to the north horizon.

"They were completly bright orange and all on the same course but moving at diffrent speeds, slowing and speeding up to catch up with each other."

Judith Salter contacted the Gazette to her daughter Cara and hfiancee Ashley Hopkins also saw the strange lights in the sky. She said: "There were around 30 lights which seemed to travel along seperately, group together, stay still, then seperate again. "My daughter was really frightened by this strange phenomenon as it was clear that they weren't aircraft or laser lights. " The following day we looked on the internet to see if anyone else had seen them with no luck. The only vaguely similar thing we could see when searching for pictures of strange lights in the sky were those large lanterns. Hhowever the way they were moving in the sky and the fact that it was puring with rain makes this extremely unlikely. "We would love someone to give us an explanation for these lights as my daughter found it a very un-nerving experience."

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9:49am Mon 30 Nov 09

ChildoftheWoods says...

I hate to be a spoil sport but....weren't these just the lanterns let off at the xmas lights switch on in Calne???
I hate to be a spoil sport but....weren't these just the lanterns let off at the xmas lights switch on in Calne??? ChildoftheWoods
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10:24am Mon 30 Nov 09

piddle says...

Don't you think it's worring that these people who can not put 2 & 2 together (Calne Xmas lights switch on---lights in the sky) can vote for a Government. These are the same people who see a crop circle and think we are being visited bt Aliens (why would a superior life force come to earth and tread on the grass?) Let's wait for the gazette to get a photo of the 'amazed people' who will look like complete Tw%$s. Get a grip!!
Don't you think it's worring that these people who can not put 2 & 2 together (Calne Xmas lights switch on---lights in the sky) can vote for a Government. These are the same people who see a crop circle and think we are being visited bt Aliens (why would a superior life force come to earth and tread on the grass?) Let's wait for the gazette to get a photo of the 'amazed people' who will look like complete Tw%$s. Get a grip!! piddle
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10:28am Mon 30 Nov 09

piddle says...

hey....I've just seen millions of tiny life forces invading our County...oh it's Ok. It's raining!!
hey....I've just seen millions of tiny life forces invading our County...oh it's Ok. It's raining!! piddle
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10:37am Mon 30 Nov 09

The Maxter says...

Not again....
Not again.... The Maxter
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10:46am Mon 30 Nov 09

blueboy1 says...

Those lights in the sky are in fact Chinese Lanterns, and are available from Ebay.. £10 for 6.

or from here. http://www.nightskyl
anterns.co.uk/?gclid
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Those lights in the sky are in fact Chinese Lanterns, and are available from Ebay.. £10 for 6. or from here. http://www.nightskyl anterns.co.uk/?gclid =CLedtbzFsp4CFRiX2Ao dH3DYlQ blueboy1
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12:07pm Mon 30 Nov 09

Hugh Briss says...

I'd like to join the collective sigh of exasperation. Of course it's those infernal flying fir-starters again. They should be banned.
e.g.
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I'd like to join the collective sigh of exasperation. Of course it's those infernal flying fir-starters again. They should be banned. e.g. http://www.gazettean dherald.co.uk/archiv e/2009/08/05/Bradfor d+News+%28bradford_n ews%29/4529733.Bradf ord_cattle_farmer_in _Chinese_lanterns_pl ea/ Hugh Briss
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12:11pm Mon 30 Nov 09

Hugh Briss says...

..and I should have added that I'm surprised that the editor doesn't read his own news articles. There have been several this year.
..and I should have added that I'm surprised that the editor doesn't read his own news articles. There have been several this year. Hugh Briss
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12:53pm Mon 30 Nov 09

Swindon UFO Research says...

Hi,

Lantern fever picking up again for the festive end of year. just wait until the 31st of December.

Anyone have any real UFO sightings or paranormal experiences, please get in touch.

Thanks
Chris.
www.sufor.org.uk
www.weirdevents.co.u
k
Hi, Lantern fever picking up again for the festive end of year. just wait until the 31st of December. Anyone have any real UFO sightings or paranormal experiences, please get in touch. Thanks Chris. www.sufor.org.uk www.weirdevents.co.u k Swindon UFO Research
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4:02pm Mon 30 Nov 09

blueboy1 says...

I once saw spinning red and blue lights, and taken away by strange people dressed in white.

Woke up in the morning stinking off lager and with some blonde nurse asking if I was ok...
I once saw spinning red and blue lights, and taken away by strange people dressed in white. Woke up in the morning stinking off lager and with some blonde nurse asking if I was ok... blueboy1
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5:09pm Wed 2 Dec 09

The Maxter says...

I was abducted by an an alien once - Really scary. He had two of everything. Two sets of eyes, two noses, two belly buttons - you get the picture. He just emerged out of the fog -He didn't half put the willies up me I can tell you.
I was abducted by an an alien once - Really scary. He had two of everything. Two sets of eyes, two noses, two belly buttons - you get the picture. He just emerged out of the fog -He didn't half put the willies up me I can tell you. The Maxter
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5:25pm Wed 2 Dec 09

Zim says...

I notice just about all respondents to this article completely ignore the actual witness testimony because it doesn't fit their preconceived opinion that these objects were chinese lanterns. There is absolutely no way to tell from the image above what these objects were but the witness testimony is not consistent with the actual behaviour of chinese lanterns.
I notice just about all respondents to this article completely ignore the actual witness testimony because it doesn't fit their preconceived opinion that these objects were chinese lanterns. There is absolutely no way to tell from the image above what these objects were but the witness testimony is not consistent with the actual behaviour of chinese lanterns. Zim
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6:23pm Wed 2 Dec 09

jme102 says...

my friend and i saw three in corsham a couple of mouths ago they were travelling in the same direction and the distance bewteen them were the same,bright orange and seemed very light,we decided not to tell anyone as people wouldn't believe us how very strange
my friend and i saw three in corsham a couple of mouths ago they were travelling in the same direction and the distance bewteen them were the same,bright orange and seemed very light,we decided not to tell anyone as people wouldn't believe us how very strange jme102
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10:27pm Wed 2 Dec 09

The Maxter says...

Zim, they are moving in three dimensions. The illusion is that the thing appears to stop when its actually changed direction towards you. Its that simple. Chinese lanterns 100%
Zim, they are moving in three dimensions. The illusion is that the thing appears to stop when its actually changed direction towards you. Its that simple. Chinese lanterns 100% The Maxter
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2:57pm Thu 3 Dec 09

Zim says...

Maxter, you are apparently someone ignorant of the reality of the ufo phenomenon otherwise you would not make such cocksure statements based on such a ridiculously small amount of evidence. There is NO way to tell what these objects were - your 100% assertion is nothing more than your prejudiced belief and belief is not knowledge.
Maxter, you are apparently someone ignorant of the reality of the ufo phenomenon otherwise you would not make such cocksure statements based on such a ridiculously small amount of evidence. There is NO way to tell what these objects were - your 100% assertion is nothing more than your prejudiced belief and belief is not knowledge. Zim
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7:27pm Fri 4 Dec 09

piddle says...

Zim. Let me assure you they were lanterns. Look at the facts. There is no UFO phenomenon. Do you believe in crop circles (in Wiltshire we call it 'treading on the grass' after a few beers. Also, don't waste yourtime looking in Lochness! Follow the wise teachings of Yorso.......gullible
.
Zim. Let me assure you they were lanterns. Look at the facts. There is no UFO phenomenon. Do you believe in crop circles (in Wiltshire we call it 'treading on the grass' after a few beers. Also, don't waste yourtime looking in Lochness! Follow the wise teachings of Yorso.......gullible . piddle
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8:44pm Fri 4 Dec 09

Zim says...

Piddle. Let me assure you that your monumental ignorance in this matter simply makes you appear foolish. Had you lived 500yrs ago you would indoubtedly have been scoffing at the reality of a spherical earth.

"It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional hearings....Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense....To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel." - Former director of the CIA, Admiral R.H. Hillenkoetter, printed in the New York Times on February 28, 1960 on page L30
Piddle. Let me assure you that your monumental ignorance in this matter simply makes you appear foolish. Had you lived 500yrs ago you would indoubtedly have been scoffing at the reality of a spherical earth. "It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional hearings....Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense....To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel." - Former director of the CIA, Admiral R.H. Hillenkoetter, printed in the New York Times on February 28, 1960 on page L30 Zim
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11:58pm Fri 4 Dec 09

piddle says...

The Ministry of Defence has closed its UFO unit after more than 50 years of investigating reported UK sightings.

A hotline and e-mail address for the public to report possible sightings was shut on 1 December because it had no "defence value", the MoD said.

The officer handling reports has moved to another post, saving £44,000 a year.

The MoD said the unit had received thousands of reports, although none had yielded proof of aliens or any security threat to the UK.

In a statement, the MoD said it had "no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life".

It went on: "In over 50 years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.

take a hint!! From nights BBC headlines....move on. The only conspiracy is that nutters like you have a vote.
The Ministry of Defence has closed its UFO unit after more than 50 years of investigating reported UK sightings. A hotline and e-mail address for the public to report possible sightings was shut on 1 December because it had no "defence value", the MoD said. The officer handling reports has moved to another post, saving £44,000 a year. The MoD said the unit had received thousands of reports, although none had yielded proof of aliens or any security threat to the UK. In a statement, the MoD said it had "no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life". It went on: "In over 50 years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom. take a hint!! From nights BBC headlines....move on. The only conspiracy is that nutters like you have a vote. piddle
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5:00am Sat 5 Dec 09

Zim says...

"take a hint!! From nights BBC headlines" -

....oh my, you truly are laughably naive.

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance" - Einstein.

I'll waste no further time on time you.
"take a hint!! From nights BBC headlines" - ....oh my, you truly are laughably naive. "Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance" - Einstein. I'll waste no further time on time you. Zim
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3:31pm Sun 6 Dec 09

steveonamission says...

I've seen these too, over Devizes at the end of August. 6 of us saw them and couldn't figure them out - even though we'd heard the Chinese lantern theory before.

Three of them flew fast and straight about a mile apart overhead. All of them seemed very controlled in rapid movement which makes it hard to believe they were just random lanterns.

Would love to know if anybody has a better explanation.
I've seen these too, over Devizes at the end of August. 6 of us saw them and couldn't figure them out - even though we'd heard the Chinese lantern theory before. Three of them flew fast and straight about a mile apart overhead. All of them seemed very controlled in rapid movement which makes it hard to believe they were just random lanterns. Would love to know if anybody has a better explanation. steveonamission
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10:38am Mon 7 Dec 09

The Maxter says...

Complete nonsense. I have no prejudice and work on the premise that if you can't identify it, then by definition is an unidentified object. So I DO believe in UFO's! However after 15 years of RAF service, including nearly 3 years at an airbase that produces large amounts of UFO hysteria, when in fact nothing was happening, then when it comes to little green men I am a bit more than sceptical. Not saying there are no other life forms out there, but I am saying that they haven't been here. And anyway, these were Lanterns.
Complete nonsense. I have no prejudice and work on the premise that if you can't identify it, then by definition is an unidentified object. So I DO believe in UFO's! However after 15 years of RAF service, including nearly 3 years at an airbase that produces large amounts of UFO hysteria, when in fact nothing was happening, then when it comes to little green men I am a bit more than sceptical. Not saying there are no other life forms out there, but I am saying that they haven't been here. And anyway, these were Lanterns. The Maxter
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1:25pm Mon 7 Dec 09

Hugh Briss says...

"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance" - Einstein.
Well, quite, "Zim", and exposes your sel-righteous boll*ocks for what it is.
These lanterns were released in Calne as described in the first response, the wind was blowing towards Chippenham so it would have been surprising if they hadn't been seen as described in the original article.
As you're so fond of quotes, how about
Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance" - Einstein. Well, quite, "Zim", and exposes your sel-righteous boll*ocks for what it is. These lanterns were released in Calne as described in the first response, the wind was blowing towards Chippenham so it would have been surprising if they hadn't been seen as described in the original article. As you're so fond of quotes, how about Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. Hugh Briss
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11:03am Sun 20 Dec 09

windymillersue says...

oK well the two most skeptical people in our house saw a silent huge red fireball over Great Bedwyn last night at approx 12.30am...which then came to ground just beyond the village. Anyone any ideas?
oK well the two most skeptical people in our house saw a silent huge red fireball over Great Bedwyn last night at approx 12.30am...which then came to ground just beyond the village. Anyone any ideas? windymillersue
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6:19pm Sun 20 Dec 09

Mrs Cynic says...

The clue is in the user name, but I've just seen 8 of these things go over Broad Town, in two groups of 4. They were silent, moving quickly, and clearly visible on a still, clear, windless evening. It wasn't even dark - this was about 4.30 or 4.45, and witnessed by 2 other people with me. The really odd thing is that our radio clock (as in, it picks up the time signal and sets itself, so is always right) stopped at this time, and as I write is still 20 mins slow (and will be until it gets it's next signal I guess). This has never, ever happened before. And no, the batteries haven't gone! We thought of chinese lanterns, but these were moving too quickly and purposefully, especially given the lack of any wind.
The clue is in the user name, but I've just seen 8 of these things go over Broad Town, in two groups of 4. They were silent, moving quickly, and clearly visible on a still, clear, windless evening. It wasn't even dark - this was about 4.30 or 4.45, and witnessed by 2 other people with me. The really odd thing is that our radio clock (as in, it picks up the time signal and sets itself, so is always right) stopped at this time, and as I write is still 20 mins slow (and will be until it gets it's next signal I guess). This has never, ever happened before. And no, the batteries haven't gone! We thought of chinese lanterns, but these were moving too quickly and purposefully, especially given the lack of any wind. Mrs Cynic
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5:05pm Sun 27 Dec 09

trotbag says...

I am a firm believer in keeping an open mind until proved either way. I saw a light one evening from Pewsham (it was about 2 weeks before the alleged lanterns from Calne claim). I was out walking the dog and an orange ball of light came across Chippenham really slowly then it stopped and hovered for a while and then all of a sudden just shot vertically straight upwards. It just kept going up and up until it completely disappeared. I was mesmerised and rang my mum there and then and said I didn't know what I had seen but it was certainly nothing I had seen before and I had no logical explanation for it.
I am a firm believer in keeping an open mind until proved either way. I saw a light one evening from Pewsham (it was about 2 weeks before the alleged lanterns from Calne claim). I was out walking the dog and an orange ball of light came across Chippenham really slowly then it stopped and hovered for a while and then all of a sudden just shot vertically straight upwards. It just kept going up and up until it completely disappeared. I was mesmerised and rang my mum there and then and said I didn't know what I had seen but it was certainly nothing I had seen before and I had no logical explanation for it. trotbag
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