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New Yorkers Mistake Balloons For UFOs?

Police, Media, Onlookers Try To Figure Out Weird Objects

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A lot of people saw it, but no one’s quite sure what it was.

We’re talking about something in the sky spotted over Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon.

CBS 2 cameras captured the objects while shooting up above Chelsea at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Local media and the NYPD received several calls throughout the afternoon.

However, as CBS 2 cameras showed, the objects appeared to be yellow balloons, although there has been no official confirmation from the NYPD. On the streets below there was a lot of intrigue about the mystery going on up above.

Weird sightings in the sky are not new to our area. Back in January of 2009, strange, red, blinking lights could be seen across Morris County, N.J., and officials thought they had figured out what caused them.

In the end, though, it wasn’t exactly a close encounter.

It turns out the lights were part of a hoax. Prosecutors said two men with too much time on their hands pulled off the trick with five flares, fishing line and helium balloons.

  • jerseyg

    balloons? You’re kidding right? It’s the premiere of Project Blue Beam. Read about it here:

  • resortvacations

    The guy who predicted this is probably the same guy who released the balloons.

  • Rosario

    What I don’t understand is why is there no video of the objects from any of the six helicopters that were hovering around the so called balloons. All the news helicopters are equipped with high resolution cameras very capable of zooming in thousands of feet. There should be some video from that perspective. Why is this not being released to the public?

    • sawyer

      I hadn’t heard of the helicopters nearby but if so they are afraid to give the public too much “proof” of what may actually be space alien presence in our skies. Imagine the military concerns. However, if you want to hear straight but very unusual talk related to what’s happening, check out my various offerrings that are NOT for sale and not a recruitment mechanism but simply information exchange from my vast experience with the subject and related subjects.

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  • David

    First multiple sightings in China and now this one in New York. Looks like the aliens are targeting the two largest economies. Maybe they think it is time for the truth to come out. It is the US military/intelligence community that does not want the truth about advanced aliens visiting from outer space to be revealed, since that would undermine US military and economic dominance of the world. This elaborate coverup has been going on for almost 60 years. See for more info

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  • Tom Hingst

    George Bush is responsible

  • Tom Cruise

    Guys guys guysss. Common. Really. Everyone knows those were just flying pizzas.

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  • Mike

    Its George W Bush’s fault…I crack myself up!!!

  • daliscar

    look at the neighborhood it originated in – It’s a performance art piece/prank – I used to do the same thin in my small town

  • walter12

    Yeah sure, the so-called authorities are always telling us thery are balloons, airplanes, the planet Venus, swamp gas, etc. They know what the truth is and a certain very secret and select group knows the whole story.

  • Kelly

    The Russians are dropping bed bugs from helium balloons!

  • ksat

    There are likely balloons. Rather than your typical colored, rubberized balloon, these may be Mylar – the shiny, aluminum foil-like balloons. They tend to reflect sunlight very well and in calm wind conditions, horizontal movement will be minimized and they will appear to simply sit stationary when, in fact, they are ascending in altitude. Given enough time, they will eventually disappear from sight. Hot Air Balloon pilots use toy helium balloons to gauge wind currents at different altitudes and it often appears these piballs appear to be standing still when they are either moving directly away from you or straight up. And, the mylar material will relfect sunlight for quite some time, making them very bright in the daylight sky.

    Just my 2 cents…

  • Spock

    Um….the headline is a redundancy.
    How can a witness mistake an object as being unidentified?

  • Tex

    If the story about the releasing of the balloons is true, then that’s another reason not to release balloons. The first being it might kill innocent turtles. Now we shouldn’t release balloons because it might confuse gullible New Yorkers.

  • Htos1

    I would love to see aliens as much as the next guy,but there aren’t any!

  • Randino

    Seems strange to me that over NY air space that at least a helicopter would have been sent to check it out. Smells like they already knew and chose to ignore so they would have a easy way out. Would have made to much news if military jets were all over the place.

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  • jimmy boy

    Lol i love how the show the picture of 3 together
    what about the other 50 that almost 500 people saw
    Its crazy to think that these are balloons

    Who the heck lets of 50 balloons that stay in the sky for hours then glow at

  • Beowulf

    According to Madrid major, it is a campaign to promote main street in Madrid in its 100th anniversary, releasing yellow balloons in time square.

  • Clifford

    Obama is an Alien.

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  • hardrain77

    The Government is now admitting to flying unmanned drones over our skies the way they’ve been flying them over the middle East for years. No relation. Nothing but little green men here.

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  • David

    First multiple sightings in China and now New York! It looks like the aliens/UFOs are getting serious about getting the truth out. It is the US military/intelligence community that does not want the truth about advanced aliens visiting from outer space to be revealed, since that would undermine US military and economic dominance of the world. This elaborate coverup has been going on for almost 60 years. See for more info

  • Mylifeyourhobby

    It definitely was yellow balloons I also saw them released in Times Square from my office today.

    Don’t mean to be a buzz kill.

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  • Brad Jones

    Someone was releasing dozens of yellow balloons in Times Square. I saw them go up over a period of at least 2 hours. Some of them went really, really high. It must have been some kind of promotion but I don’t know what. You can check Twitter and it’ll show you people talking about them.

    • wesufmnpradio

      Yellow Balloons /These recorded by News and people on the street did not see yellow balloons but bright objects that were not even yellow but stationary.

  • Anonymous

    New Yorkers are a bunch of dorks!

    • I hope they bring back Elvis!

      But they’re all so well educated and call the rest of us in the Mid West inbred hicks…

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    • Mia

      If I may offer a solution, turns out there was a massive promotion using, you guessed it, yellow balloons.

      • wesufmnprradio

        Problem with your comment these were not yellow that were observed

  • JasonS

    I honestly feel like the only sane person surrounded by a sea of lunatics. These were PARAGLIDERS, not UFOS, not balloons. It really was quite obvious, at times you could make out the arched shape of the sail and upon closer inspection there was a smaller dot dangling under each one – a person. The strong sun was reflecting off the sails and making them look like lights. They’ve been visible in the sky from New York on many occasions before this and nobody has ever made such a big fuss about them. I first saw them about 6 years ago. There were a few people watching them from the street but everyone pretty much agreed what they were because it was freaking OBVIOUS. For some reason, this time around a whole bunch of morons have gotten into their heads that it’s some kind of eerie unexplained phenomenon. They were not directly over the city, they were very high up and far away. These paragliders can reach the cloud base if they ride the thermals up there when conditions are right. Let’s have no more of these stupid stories which make New Yorkers look like a bunch of wide-eyed hicks.

    • Roberto

      excuse me sir.paragliders are not authorized on restricted Class B airspace that is controlled , also they will show on radar. Sorry

  • student1776

    Doubtless the UFOs were watching New Yorkers trying to understand how people who built all these tall buildings and industry could be so stupid as to consistently elect leftist politicians who will inevitably destroy the wealth and industry.

    • Droopy

      How the Funk can anyone describe any part of US politics as ‘leftist’?
      Bucking morons.

    • tim d

      you’re a moron.

      • Droopy

        Gahuhuh, you sure got a purty mowath

    • Vincent

      Yes, I think you’re right. No intelligent life could possibly understand how liberals think.

  • fel

    There was a camera crew following them, how long did they stay aloft, where did they go, what direction. This seems silly, broad daylight millions of people in the city watching and it remains a mystery, come on.

  • Molly

    Balloons aren’t stationary. They drift.

    • tom s

      Not if the winds are nearly calm…which they were.

      • swails

        There’s always winds at that elavation

  • Aunt Bee

    They stole Long Island from the Indians for a bucket of shinny glass beads. Don’t make the same mistake again and sell off your sanity for a bunch of Mylar balloons. This is more diversion so you don’t ask real question and demand real answers. This stuff doesn’t work anymore and just makes the old media look even older.

  • Bill

    Anyone notice 2 strong flickering lights in the North Eastern sky that aren’t moving? I thought it was odd walking home and logged on to see if anything was reported anywhere. Now I read this about earlier this afternoon. I never believed in UFO’s but something’s definitely going on here.

    • bobby

      I saw one around 8:40 too

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  • Joe Bloe

    I work at 23rd & Madison and saw these personally. No way in heck they were balloons. Firstly, they were extremely high up and stationary for the most part. I’ll guarantee winds aloft were not stationary above 5k feet.

    Sorry CBS, not buying it, I have video from my cell phone, trying to process that to bring out the objects better.

    • C

      Please forward the video to me

    • believer

      Thank you for a common sense observation. The government has been delivering “disinformation” since Roswell. It’s part of the protocol to keep the American public stupefied. Those of us simpletons who believe our lying eyes and the top 10 knowledgeable retired USAF, NASA, and NORAD officers who recently went on CNN Press Club to validate what we already know (; don’t need any government to to validate what we know. It’s an interesting coincidence that the NY Airport was shut down today because of gas lines. Wouldn’t or couldn’t of been because UFO’s were in their airspace.

      • me


      • Linda

        All three NY area airports were in fact shut down for a short time

        (CBS) CBS News has received reports that normal operations have resumed after a halt of all departures and arrivals at New York airports.

        The FAA website reported earlier that all three New York airports have halted takoffs and landings due to fumes, smoke and odors at the regional air traffic control center.

        New York TRACON controls the airspace above John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

        Reported departure delays are about one hour, while arrivals are delayed about 30 to 45 minutes.

        “Local fire department is on scene,” says Jim Peters of the FAA. “A few controllers stayed behind to handle flights remaining in the air. However, with limited staff most flights will be held at the gate or put into holding pattern.”

        Peters expects possible major delays in the region as soon as the situation is resolved.

      • infojunkie

        You said: “the NY airport,” huh? That’s real convincing.

    • pilot

      Um, one of the “balloons” broke from the others and dived ~300′ and stopped. Sorry, not a balloon.

    • sawyer

      one link to many

  • john smith

    5 helium ballons couldn’t lift 1 flare let alone 3

    • Wallace

      Uhhhh….there’s more than one size balloon. Ever think of that?

  • Yaranna

    Conspiracy!!! The media’s trying to cover up the truth!

  • crypto

    it’s an ad for an holy wood movie

  • granni

    oh np!!! another gov’mnt coverup????:)

  • Keith G.

    Feels like a PR stun whose purpose will be revealed shortly. My guess is based on information from various news reports that people have been ‘standing around for 45 minutes’ to determine/discuss what the objects are. Seriously, who would really put in that much time standing around pondering unless they were paid actors posing as ‘regular’ people.

    • truth

      Who would? NYers would.

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