AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically

FILE – In this March 12, 2014 file photo, a drone flown by Brian Wilson lands after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. The government is receiving reports nearly every day _ and sometimes two or three times a day _ of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual, federal and industry officials familiar with the reports told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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SEE IT: Portland, Ore., residents stirred by ‘mystery’ fireball

Something that looked like a fire ball falling from the sky was seen over Portland.

A flash of light photographed over Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, sparked chatter of meteors and asteroids.

A fiery blast spotted over Portland sparked chatter of UFOs and meteors. One news station said it was merely a plane’s contrail.

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“Very bright” meteor lights up Southeast sky

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Posted: 8:07 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

By Mike Morris

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

If you were out and about around 9:30 p.m. Monday and saw a fireball streaking across the sky, you weren’t just seeing things, and you weren’t alone.

The American Meteor Society on its website logged dozens of reports of the meteor from across the Southeast, including several reported sightings around metro Atlanta.

“It was quite large and coming straight down,” reported “Trey J.” from Buford. “It looked like it was really close. There was nothing behind it and it was glowing green. It was amazing.”

“Royce L.” reported that the object appeared to have hit Marietta:

“My first thought was that it was a Roman candle since it was green and large. I live 7 miles east of Marietta and it appeared to fall on Marietta. It lasted 3-4 seconds. I have never seen such a sighting in my 65 years.”

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UFO sightings on the rise in South Africa

Sightings of unidentified flying objects off the coast of Cape Town have increased dramatically and may indicate that the inhabitants of the Mother City are under surveillance by life from another planet, according to the founder of a website set up to log such incidents.

UFO sightings on the rise in South Africa

Mr Jordaan said one explanation was that there could be ‘some top-secret aircraft’ being tested in the Western Cape Photo: Alamy
 

Gert Jordaan, founder of UFO Research of SA, said that between February 21 and February 27 many people reported seeing bright orange lights and flames in the sky.

He said that while some sightings could be attributed to meteor showers, others could have a more interesting explanation.

“Though meteors do glow orange, some of the sightings reported radical change in direction and speed. Some objects even remained stationary for five minutes or so. There might be some UFO phenomena occurring in areas around Cape Town,” he told the Times newspaper.

Mr Jordaan said one other explanation was that there could be “some top-secret aircraft” being tested in the Western Cape.

“The second possibility is that life from another planet is surveying ours for making contact and offering knowledge.”

“They are very common. They glow orange, sometimes green, can change colour, and usually end up white,” she said.

She added that people might be more aware of such occurrences, especially since the recent repetition of end-of-the-world predictions.

“When they see a light they think the end of the world is coming,” she was quoted as saying.

The report follows the launching of a rescue operation on Sunday February 24 in Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape, after a “credible witness” reported seeing an aeroplane crash-landing into the sea close to the mouth of the Bihra River.

A statement released by South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute said that police were alerted and a rescue boat launched after the report at 8pm.

It said that the Civil Aviation Authority, local and major airports around the country and the South African Air Force were alerted to investigate any signs of any aircraft overdue or missing, but none were reported.

“No reports of any aircraft overdue or missing are reported and there were no signs, by midnight, of any accident or crash landings or crash site of any aircraft or flying or falling objects in the area,” the statement read.

“It remains unclear what the credible witness had seen – described as a sound like an aircraft and seeing an object plunge towards earth before disappearing out of sight but appearing to crash land and appearing to have resembled an aircraft.”

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