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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 4/25/2013 22:30 (Entered as : 04/25/2013 22:30)
Reported: 5/29/2013 5:21:55 PM 17:21
Posted: 6/2/2013
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shape: Circle
Duration: 10 minutes
Characteristics: The object changed color
This is in response to your show on Coast to Coast last night.. 5/28/13.

I have been employed as an Airfield Management Specialist in the United States Air Force and I am currently a Senior Airport Operations Technician. I have worked in some remote locations all over the world, including RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, United Kingdom. I have an aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an accumulative 20 years of aviation experience. My experince includes service at seven airports (Military, Civilian, Foreign and Domestic.

I saw the 15-20 circular shaped objects fly, low-level (Appx 1000ft AGL), over my north Phoenix house on Saturday, 5/25. As close as I was to them, you could see a candlelight burning inside what appeared to be helium balloons. The color was definitely yellow, then orange. The winds aloft were quite strong, so the balloons moved at a good pace until they flew far enough out of sight and burned themselves out. I knew, as well as the other witnesses knew, that people would report seeing strange objects because they weren't close enough to see what they actually were. If you were in a different part of the valley, it would have been easy to assume that these objects were extraterrestrial. One of the other witnesses got video footage and he is a pilot, with an Aeronautical Engineering degree as well. Our conclusion was it was definitely a HOAX. Another witness was a retired Air Force airplane crew chief and worked as a civilian crew chief at a local Fixed-Base Operations.

After showing the video footage to some friends the next day, one lady commented that she had seen a documentary on the local news about people illuminating and releasing these balloons as a commemoration for family deaths and or ceremonious or tragic events that have occurred. Definitely a HOAX.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides little contact information. PD))

((NUFORC Note: We are somewhat sceptical about this report. Launching balloons does not constitute a hoax. It is only if the people launching the balloons intend to mislead witnesses that it could be labelled a hoax, and there appears to be no indication that their intention was to mislead. PD))