Published: 3:23 AM 12/13/2011
Swansea, Massachusetts 2011
Uploaded by StephenHannardADGUK on Dec 12, 2011
Ric Oliveria walked out of a local pub last Friday night after a single drink and saw something in the sky that he calls "disturbing."
His cell phone captured lights in the sky moving slowly in a northward direction. Before he could get his cell phone out to shoot the video, however, Oliveria says he saw what appeared to be a very large object in the sky that made him feel uneasy.
"It was glowing red like nothing I had ever seen glow red. It was huge... I would say it was 20-30 feet in depth," says Oliveria.
"The next thing you know [his friend] says, 'Look another one!' and that one went over us. I didn't see it directly over us, but we saw it shooting off and then it seemed to stop and dance over the cooling towers. That's the video that has become so infamous."
Oliveria continued, "Until it can be explained to me what it was, I don't want to see it again because it was very disturbing."
Rice has now begun to hunt for answers.
It turns out a couple of young women in New Bedford reached out to Oliveria, claiming they had launched some Chinese sky lanterns for a birthday party for a friend who really enjoyed the movie "Tangled."
In the film, there is a scene where people set lit sky lanterns in flight. There were similar sightings to Oliveria's on Saturday. Still, Oliveria is not convinced that he saw the same thing the night before.
FOX 25 tried to speak with one of the young ladies Wednesday afternoon, but they claimed they were too embarrassed for having caused any commotion around the area and declined an interview.
Sky lanterns can be purchased online from sites like Amazon and Buy.com. A package of 8-10 of them runs on average between $12 and $32. Lanterns can also be made three to five feet tall and four feet wide. According to a representative from theskylantern.com in Grand Rapids, MI, homemade balloon lanterns can be made from trash bags, helium and LED lights that can grow to 20-30 feet long.
Swansea police, T.F. Greene airport in Warwick and New Bedford airport did not report any sightings on Friday night. A call to Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod was not immediately returned Wednesday night.