LEX18.com, the NBC affiliate for Lexington, KY, reports that residents saw a UFO over Madison County on Wednesday. This time, it turns out it really was just a balloon.
A UFO generated quite a buzz around the Madison County community on Wednesday. Lots of people were left wondering about the floating presence in the sky. Scott Powell, editor of the Berea Citizen, and his neighbors watched it for about 10 minutes as it seemed to tumble up into the air.
“It looked like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis had come up and was flying in the air, because it had that arch shape to it and it was kind of a metallic – it had a shine to it,” Powell said.
Turns out Berea residents weren’t having a close encounter of the third kind.
Powell later called LEX 18 to say that a teacher told him she released a 50 foot solar bag into the air to demonstrate how solar power works.
I’m not sure why people releasing giant, reflective objects into the air aren’t required to obtain permission first from the FAA. I mean, at the very least, it causes people to call 911 and report what they are seeing, and at the very worst, it could cause an airplane or helicopter accident and the possible death of the pilots or passengers. I know this wasn’t an intentional hoax, but still, seems a bit irresponsible.