Published: 2:17 PM 3/25/2013
By From Community Reports
The resident who made the initial claim was not the only person to see them. In fact, when two Liberty County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene just a couple of minutes after the call, the fire balls were aloft.
“There were at least 10-12 other citizens on the scene that were observing the same sightings,” said Ken Defoor, spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, in an emailed statement.
The lights were traveling in a southwest direction at an altitude of approximately 3,000 feet.
The deputies reported the lights were in a “loose line” that appeared to be about 10 miles apart from the front light to the last light in the line and moving rather slowly. The deputies utilized a spotting scope to observe these objects and they appeared to be balloons with a fire located beneath them similar to a hot air balloon although no gondola or basket could be seen below the balloon-shaped objects.
This fire gave the objects a bright orange glow. After a few seconds, three of the objects disappeared and shortly thereafter the fourth one disappeared.
“As quickly as the last of the four lights disappeared, 8-10 other orange objects appeared in approximately the same location and began traveling in the same direction and same loose line as did the former objects.
The entire viewing by the deputies and the other witnesses that were at the scene when the deputies arrived lasted for approximately a minute and a half when the remaining 8-10 objects also disappeared.
It was the opinion of each deputy that it is possible the objects went behind clouds and were no longer visible,” said Defoor.
The sheriff’s office contacted agencies that might offer an explanation, such as the Houston office of the Federal Aviation Agency, the National Weather Bureau and others. However, for now the lights remain a mystery.
“It was recommended that if no local agency had information on these reported sightings that the sheriff’s department should contact the UFO National Reporting Center in Spokane, Wash., which was done.
Upon describing these sightings by several citizen witnesses and the two LCSO Deputies, the department was advised that similar sightings in Florida had been reported last week and could possibly be what is described as sky lanterns that are released during various celebrations.
However, even these sky lanterns are usually not released in such large numbers as was reported in this incident,” said Defoor.
The sheriff’s office asks that if anyone has any information as to the source of these objects (lights) or reported sightings of these same lights, that they contact the sheriff’s department at 936-336-4500 and leave that information. Names of reporting individuals will be kept confidential.