Did You See The Fire In The NYC Sky?

Chopper 2 Films Red-Hot Streak Moving Behind Emp. State Bldg

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Did you see it? Chopper 2 HD sure did.

It was a bizarre, glowing red-hot streak in the sky — right at sunset Wednesday — moving briskly behind the Manhattan skyline.

CBS 2 reached out to a top astronomer who looked at the video. He said it looks beautiful, but that is was like nothing more than what’s known as a “contrail” — condensation from a commercial or military jet.

The aliens, apparently, are not coming.

The sighting came one day after a mysterious condensation trail was spotted off the coast of California. Speculation over the object that caused it ranged from a fired missile to a contrail from a commercial airliner.

Most experts now believe an airplane caused that vapor trail.

What went down over the skies of NYC Wednesday was just the latest in a series of weird events that have captivated tri-state area residents over the last few years. Back on Oct. 13, CBS 2 cameras captured objects in the sky while shooting up above Chelsea at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

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

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

Strange sightings in the sky are not new to our area. Back in January of 2009, odd 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.








One Comment

  1. Buck Skywalker says:

    …to infinity and beyond! I really enjoyed my ride. I’m a Spaceship Superstar.

  2. 14401 says:

    Do you think the military has opened any of those old cycles and are using them for testing.?

  3. Jay 1 says:

    P3orion who cares if your name is a plane that doesn’t mean you flew one. I could have the name Jiujitsu redbelt but that doesn’t mean I am a 89 year old Brazilian man. It was surely not cold enough in NYC for a contrail that low. It’s not even freezing. Just because you don’t have the math background to understand how to achieve relative velocity doesn’t mean others don’t. If you were really in the navy you would know there are weapons analysts who do just that. I have no idea what it was or if the tape is in fast forward but you sir are a hoax. I am not even going to tell you who I served under for 12 years and 2 tours since I could be a booger eating twelve year old for all you know. That’s the problem with the Internet and a society of avatars claiming to be something they are not. FYI that was not a contrail in CA either. You can also use math and intelligence from the field to figure that out. It’s what gps was made to do.

  4. Bumper Press says:

    It’s a promotional banner trailing on the back of a small plane for the opening of the movie “SKYLINE” tomorrow.

  5. Jeanette says:

    Why would, when there are hundreds of planes every night, we didn’t see many of these contrails, this was the only one that left this kind of contrail? I don’t think so. Or we would have had many more contrails just like this one that night.
    It could have been someone who has been trying to make their own rocket for years, which there are a few, and they finally got one to go up.

    1. Dr. Bimbu says:


  6. Clearhead says:

    Okay………Okay…..let’s keep it moving, folks ………….nothing to see here……..it’s just a jet……………let’s keep itmoving

  7. Dr. Who says:

    Its just my cousin’s spaceship, relax

  8. Jaybone says:

    Waaay too fast to be a plane.. ufo or secret hypersonic uav ??

  9. acejames228 says:

    Seen the video and I’m not sure what it is or what it could be. But I’m pretty sure that everything we see in the sky can not be explained as ALIEN??

  10. Gene Dolan says:

    Some of you guys should try to relax – have a glass of warm milk.

  11. Geoff Pace says:

    Whaddiya mean “most experts ” agree it was a jet condensation trail over Catalina IIsland. There was only one scientific buffoon that dared make a mockery out of common sense this week on that MISSILE MYSTERY!
    Man, the Lamestream media are relentelss in their continuing pursuit to dismiss anything we – the normal air breathers of this society – have to say about the “Emperor’s Clothes. This is a typical UFOs are “Swamp Gas: blow off from the non news boys in the “Lamestream.”

    1. duwanee says:

      I repeat, I live 50 miles from Chicago and took pics of not 1 but 2 of them in the western sky. Good enough pics that you can see they were not planes……or contrails……CONTRAILS DO NOT HAVE VIVID ORANGE GLOWING TAILS……..and contrails are not shaped like that……….it was missiles or rockets and they were barely moving in the sky. Hardly at all.

  12. Common Sense says:

    you are all kooks.

    1. Just me says:

      You seem close minded. But worse you appear weak minded. There is more in this existence than you and your narrow minded point of view. It takes mental strength to grasp concepts beyond your simple common sense.

  13. seanpatriot says:

    Sorry, thats going waaaaay too fast to be an airplane, whoever said that it was an airplane is an idiot

  14. Pukua says:

    This is not a contrail. In order for it to be a contrail, it would have to be above 22,000 feet altitude. that is four miles. At the level the object is above the horizon, if you triangulate you get an approximate distance of about 35 miles from the view point. If this object is not being “sped’ up by some film trick, and shows the actual speed of the object, it would have to be moving much faster than 8 thousand mph. Go figure. The object in californian was also not a contrail, for much the same reason. But, the observation of that object is calculated according to the scale of contrails at that distance. No known contrail emits such huge volumes of vapor as that object did. something is being covered up on these sightings. Do not listen to what excuses the gvt is putting o0ut. something is going on that is big.

    1. Charles H says:

      Pukura is correct, I deal a lot with aircraft and can tell you that the distance this thing is traveling is well beyond any aircraft that is available on this planet. The fastest plane on earth can go almost to MACH 6 that six times the speed of sound which is 6 times 768 MPH = 4608 mph. The object is far in the horizon past the buildings and roughly 5 miles into the skyline if not more. those building in the background are anywhere from 75ft-1000ft across, The object is screaming by them in less than 1 second. The resulting speed if calculated correctly could be anywhere from mach 10 to mach 25 or faster. A missile can reach up to MACH 30, unmanned aircraft (The Predator) can move up to 400 mph. Overall this object in the skyline is one of 2 things, a really fast missile or a UFO. Seeing as the government wont own up to it being a missile,. it may be a UFO. The government however wont own up to either, so it takes an educated guess at best from someone who ISNT influenced by the government. I can discuss this further if you like with CBS just email me, eqoa_guide @ yahoo.com

    2. duwanee says:

      I have pics of 1 of 2 of them over the burbs of chicago on monday near sunset.

      something is definitely going on.

  15. Sam Spade says:

    If it’s a commercial plane any air traffic controller will tell you all flights have their flight number show up on radar. If it’s a military jet, why cover it up. Now if it’s a missile fired from an enemy submarine, that would be an embarrassment to both the government and the military.

    Wasn’t there already an incident where a Chinese submarine got into US waters?

  16. Bob Boogie says:

    ET go home… ET go home… stop probing us fat dudes.

  17. Bfe Shows Port Hueneme says:

    haven’t taken your meds in a while huh!

    1. David O'Keefe says:

      Right, need to get backk on their meds

  18. ecp321 says:

    Put 2 and 2 together. This was a large comet, meteor, or asteroid that was a very near miss to our planet just grazing our atmosphere then going on its way without hitting us. The missile launch yesterday was to space and hit this large comet to try and deflect it off course just enough so it wouldn’t hit Earth. Looks like it worked just barely.
    This also makes sense as to why Obama is on the other side of the world now in hiding, for protection incase it didn’t work then the whole Northeast and possibly DC too would be obliterated by now by this huge comet/asteroid thing.

    1. broadwaysmom says:

      @ecp321 – you have a very interesting theory – and a theory that could be very valid. It’s hard to say, but I think your theory is the best I’ve heard yet.! 🙂

      1. Strawman says:

        Agreed. I was thinking asteroid but the rest of ecp’s theory adds the elements to make it more plausible.

      2. ecp321 says:

        Thank you. the whole Northeast of the USA probably just missed obliteration. I live in NYC and am very thankful it just missed us. The govt knows that if they made this public the whole world would panic and there would be mass hysteria. That’s why Obama and 3000 of his closest friends traveled with him across the world this week, incase the rocket from SoCal missed or the calculations didn’t add up.

    2. Joshua Woodland says:

      wheres my tinfoil hat!

    3. mikee says:

      Sure, and the “Heaven’s Gate” folks are waiting for you right now behind the Comet “Hale Bopp”.

      Look it up.

    4. duwanee says:

      that does not explain the 2 I saw on monday in chicagoland and have pics of.

      1. Luke Starbucker says:

        it could be that the what you saw outside of Chicago were pieces that entered the Earth’s atmosphere earlier than this larger chunk.

      2. Bill Gerat says:

        Alright already. You have the pic’s, post them or a link.

  19. Thomas J. Hillgardner says:

    That is the same phenomenon I observed in Queens last night: low flying aircraft with its operating lights on at dusk going through low clouds. It is not a contrail. But this article disserves the public by buying into the US military’s coverup of what appeared to be the accidental(?) launch of a Trident II missile off the coast of California. Seriously, watching the live footage of that California event it is clear that that is a smoke plume and not a contrail. This video footage shows aircraft operating lights reflecting off low clouds.

  20. p8posiedon says:

    The mysterious rocket that was launched off the coast of California blew up a satellite in space and this is some of the debris falling back to Earth.

    Why does it look like its going horizontally and not like its “falling” back to Earth? I have no idea. Optical Illusion, I guess.

    I don’t necessarily believe this, just stirring the pot!

    Seriously though, if you follow the object closely, doesn’t it look like it’s sort of “tumbling” through the air? Especially near the end of the video…?

  21. Rogan Reid says:

    I’ve lived relatively close to an International Airport for my entire life and I see contrails all the time. What we saw in California, was not an airline contrail, this, is definitely not an airline contrail.

    The “contrail” in California was too shaky to resemble one of the thousands I’ve seen in my life.

    This latest one is moving way too quickly and is way too large to be the contrail of an a commercial aircraft.

    I’m not an expert, but I’ve seen thousands of contrails and on any given day where the sky is clear, you can see half a dozen at a time from my house. There’s a lot of air traffic down here in Ft. Lauderdale.

    But hey, instead of just mentioning the ‘missile’ incident in Ca, why don’t they bring up the unexplained blue light over D.C. (is it D.C.?) from just last week. I’m skeptical, but between these latest incidents, and the wave of sightings in China in recent months, not to mention the large number of sightings in and around airports in recent years, it seems to me there’s an increase in these occurences. Maybe it’s just the availability of camera phones?

  22. peterwoohoo says:

    Getting ready for the “Battle”……….Smallville!!

  23. Nick Lester says:

    What the heck kind of jet moves that fast, that low over NYC? Why cant you see the plane? With a streak that wide it had to be pretty close and in NYC that also seems pretty low to the ground.

    1. Nick Lester says:

      I see now that the camera is moving, but still. It’s moving pretty fast either way.

    2. broadwaysmom says:

      I agree – besides there is a MAJOR no fly zone around NYC and again, the don’t produce the flight and/or flight number, they just say it was a contrail – NOT!

    3. johnmurphy says:

      nobody beleives a person no matter their thought,until it happens and its too late then is it not

  24. Alec says:

    If its a plane it must have a flight number and flight plan registered, therefore we must know what flight it was, so just tell us what flight it is!!!!
    or is it something else???

  25. Ron says:

    When did all the ‘dumb rednecks’ move to NYC? Hmmmmm.

  26. Anonymous says:

    this isn’t what they say. Saw the same thing last night around 1045. Then saw weird lights in the sky and lots of plane(?) activity in Northern New Jersey.

  27. SlimShady says:

    Nice to know that the “Blue States” where all the smart “We know better than you” people live are just as stupid as the say the South is. Ca. was Flight 808 from Hawaii to Phoenix, confirmed by a blooger with a brain that checked the next day and lo ad behold there was another contrail just like the “missle launch” Y’all keep playing with the X-Boxes and keep thinking the government can keep a secret, but you get a real explanation and denial sets in. It’s easier to make up a conspiracy because you don’t have to prove jack, you place the burden of proof on someone to disprove your whacko theories. Whatever you want it toi be, fine, but it doesn’t make it so.

    1. Ron II says:

      Hey Ron,
      They were born in NYC. They never left. They live next door to Slim Shady, another dumb redneck. When Slim refers to the stupic south, he is talking about South Jersey!! and all of his cousins, one of whom he is trying to marry.

  28. "We regret the errors" says:

    See B.S.

  29. SmarterThanA5thGrader says:

    This is amazingly simple to PROVE it’s nothing fast! First of all, look at the video from the 0:00 start to about the 7 second mark. Do you notice the BOTTOM of the video shows buildings that are much closer to the helicopter? Do you also notice that the helicopter is flying to the right or ALONG WITH the contrail when you look at those buildings passing by? This is simply an airplane…flying NORMAL…leaving a NORMAL contrail behind it…that just APPEARS to be flying fast because of the motion of the helicopter and the buildings being passed by in the distance. If you want to prove this to yourself, do you remember when you were a kid riding in your parent’s car and looking up to see the full moon? Do you remember how it appeared to be moving really fast and keeping up with your car…whether you were driving 5 MPH or 70 MPH? This is the exact same principal. If there were no buildings in the video…then all you’d see is a plane leaving its contrail as it flew along along at the cruising speed of 500MPH…NOT Mach 5 like some other Einstein posted on here. C’mon people.

    1. Ted Nougat says:

      Sorry. The Camera is panning hard to follow it. You can still gauge the speed of the object in relation to the buildings as the camera moves to stay on it. There’s no way that’s an airplane, commercial or military.

    2. hydra says:

      Can you prove the govt/media has not doctored that video? Read the LATimes comments from people who actually witnessed this event.

    3. Jay 1 says:

      Not true and completely unscientific. I already responded to p3 Orion as to how to figure it out. I wouldn’t say it’s simple its actually a form of “rocket science” and uses a good deal of math but it’s not impossible either. I would say it’s moving pretty fast much faster than a commercial plane but i can’t rule out sped up tape since I don’t have the original I can’t say it’s not tampored with.

  30. Ray Baker says:

    I think it’s very telling how many people are willing to pronounce an extraterrestrial visitation but can’t accept the truth of the living God or of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. Hmmm…isn’t He kind of an extraterrestrial?

    1. lupuslefou says:

      Well, its easy to discount jesus – just look into the Nicaea counsel that happened around 400AD whereby the still-new Christian religion was co-opted by Emperor Constantine through reorganization of the new religions fundamental beliefs. Ever hear of ‘Mithra’s? Look him up on Wikipedia. Jesus’ life was meshed with the mythological ‘Mithra’s’ life story and religion. Quick, look surprised that Mithra was born of a virgin, on Dec 25th and his coming was foreshadowed by a dove. The story of jesus is a mythological parable marketed so that the slaves at that time would be enraptured and distracted from the horrible conditions the emperor kept them in. Not really at all different from today.

  31. Lombard Streets says:

    Proof that the general public, and especially “journalists” are getting stupider by the hour.

    1. Fred Redding says:

      uh, oh… now that salt and soup have been targeted, Bloomberg will be pursuing after a ban on balloons

  32. Dolphin says:

    So long and thanks for the fish.

    1. lupuslefou says:

      WAIT! I have my towel! I’ve been waiting for some intelligent creature to help get me off this neanderthal laden cesspool!

  33. Paranormal says:

    so In 1970 … when was the Roswell ”Incident” they said that it was a balloon and now in 2010 … Again it was a balloon isn’t this a little old … i mean C’MON BALLOONS ????

  34. Jesse says:

    The so-called experts should explain which human-made aircraft can fly faster than mach 5. It’s going way too fast to be a civilian plane.

  35. pearsek says:

    It wasn’t a con-trail (those are made at high altitude) and it was moving very fast. It was not an airplane (period). The incident on the west coast was some sort of missle launch – it was not an airplane. They don’t leave con-trails from the ground up and unless it was a high powered military jet, they don’t go nearly straight up either. No one wants to say what these were exactly, and that’s OK. They were not airplanes. Don’t let the main stream liars suggest to you what these were. Believe your eyes.

  36. Jesse says:

    If these were secret US military aircraft, they wouldn’t have a visible contrail or flames coming from the tip. If they were civilian aircraft, they would be detected on radar. These are contrail-producing aircraft invisible to radar, so who do you suppose that would be? The answer is nobody from this planet.

    1. The aliens of Genesis says:


      ” If these were secret US military aircraft, they wouldn’t have a visible contrail or flames coming from the tip.”

      So, I ‘m guessing you know the secrets of the military, to know these are not them.
      Not saying either way about visitors, but your argument is seriously flawed. Secondly if the military was lying and calling it an airplane, they might be lying about seeing it on radar too.

      I’m not saying… I’m just saying.

  37. rowley says:

    Bloomberg gave Iran the airspace over NY to Iran for a new missile test site close to the new Hamasque at ground zero being built by their friends.

  38. jdminkler2 says:

    Isn’t a trail .. well a trail ? the end of this thing does not make a trail, it follows right along with the front of it!

  39. John Q Public says:

    These two statements are mutually exclusive: 1) We don’t know what it is. 2) It’s nothing to worry about.

  40. Tim says:

    Not a contrail- It is a bolide meteor in the distance.
    Aircraft high enough to leave a contrail do not cross the sky that fast.

    1. p3orion says:

      Meteors don’t move horizontally; like anything not under power, they follow a ballistic trajectory.

      Contrail scan be produced at any altitude; I’ve seen them at a pattern altitude or 1200 feet over an airfield. It all depends on the temperature and humidity. As for the apparent “speed,” there’s no way to tell just from the video, without knowing more about the equipment being used. See my 11:54 post.

  41. Michael says:

    Is it me or have Americans just realised that they can look up and see that theres such a thing called the SKY and are noticing ‘clouds’. Thats were rain comes from.

  42. Vince says:

    I guess that’s the standard BS explain du jour. “It’s a contrail”. They try to explain away every UFO activity now with this WEAK explanation. And the “intellectuals” who refuse to accept the possibility of UFO activity gladly grab on to it.

    1. p3orion says:

      As opposed to you drama queens who hear hoofbeats and assume it’s zebras and not horses. There are very rational explanations for this that require no government conspiracy, alien encounters, or the like. Boring, but true.

      I’ve seen much stranger things as a pilot.

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