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UFO Sighting Report - Mexico

January 27th 2007 : Merida, Yucatan

The Journal of Hispanic Ufology
February 2, 2007

SOURCES: "Por Esto" (newspaper) Mérida, Yucatán;"El Diario de Yucatán" (newspaper);
DATE: 02.02.07

Mexico: Object Causes Wonderment in Merida, Yucatan

On the evening of January 27, 2007 at 8:30 p.m., dozens of people informed the local media of Yucatán, Mérida of the presence of unidentified flying objects in the sky, which they described as having a circular shape with eight surrounding lights, adding that the object made oscillating movements and that it vanished into the horizon after a few minutes.

This sighting was captured on video by Mr. René Couoh Chacón from the Vicente Solís district, showing the evidence to reporters from the "Por Esto" newspaper and Mexican researchers Gustavo Aleman and Prof. Silvestre Leal of the OVNI MERIDA group.

According to the witnesses, around 6 p.m. and before the sighting of the alleged UFO, a kind of shooting star crossed the firmament from west to east, but it had a rectangular shape and a trail of light.

Victor Lara Martinez, a reporter for the "Por Esto" daily, says that one woman interviewed stated that some onlookers heard the alleged UFO make a noise similar to that of helicopters, although its shape did not correspond at all to the means of transportation in question.

Researchers from OVNI MERIDA are currently analyzing the video, saying that they wish to ascertain if a UFO or a balloon was involved, moreover because said community manufactures large "Cantoya"-type balloons surrounded by luminaries. However, and without dismissing the possibility a priori, we believe that residents of the town in question can identify one of those balloons correctly and the sighting would not have been the cause for such a commotion, one that was even worthy of mention in the press.

It should be noted that reports of nocturnal UFOs over Mexico were received on this same date.

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(translation (c) 2007, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid, Gustavo Aleman and Prof. Silvestre Leal)

SOURCE: Diario de Yucatan

DATE: 02.02.07

UFO Turns Out To Be A Balloon?

Carlos Uicab Sulu never thought that keeping a religious promise to the Child of Atocha would cause such a sensation and wonder in Merida.

The promise consisted in launching a balloon into the sky, which was observed by several citizens of Merida, some of whom videotaped and photographed the balloon, not knowing what it was.

As we reporterd yesterday, the sighting of a strange light that caused curiosity among many people was recorded on Saturday.

Uicab Sulu promise to launch a balloon in the saint’s honor, and took advantage of a novena held in a house of the San Jose Vergel district. The balloon was raised aloft by a diesel flame and was adorned with luminaries.

Comment from Ana Luisa Cid: Merida researchers have not confirmed this news item. However it is feasible that the case may have been an error of perception on the part of the eyewitnesses, who mistook a balloon for a UFO.

(translation (c) 2006, S. Corrales IHU - Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid and Diario de Yucatan)

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