Alert readers shoot down UFO

Sky Lanterns

Sky Lanterns

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

Mysterious lights over Apalachicola Bay have been identified by Times readers.

One of the most read articles in the Feb. 14 Times dealt with mysterious orange globes seen floating silently in the sky on the evening of Feb. 9.

People on both ends of the county reported the objects and one person contacted the Mutual UFO Network with an account of the event.

After the article appeared online and was posted on Facebook, several other readers offered information about the event and one of these was Deputy R.J. Shelley of the Franklin County sheriff’s Department.

Shelley, who lives at Carrabelle Beach, spotted the glowing orange globes and, being curious by nature, decided to track them down.

In a Facebook post he wrote, “I was smart enough to go look for the source and I found it! They were people at the beach lighting Paper Hot Air things with candles! They lifted right into the sky and burned out after several minuets!”

The things were Japanese paper lanterns fitted with a candle that inflates them with hot air and lifts them skyward until the candle burns out or the paper ignites and goes out in a blaze of glory.

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