UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
August 30th 2008 : Bournemouth, Dorset, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Bournemouth, UK
Number of witnesses: 4
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Spherical/orb
Weather Conditions: Clear
Description: Whilst watching the fireworks on Bournemouth pier I noticed an orange orb to the east over Southbourne rising and travelling at a steady speed slower than a plane which travelled west over Bournemouth town centre and then seemed to stop. I watched it for about 3 or 4 minutes until it just seemed to fade out. It seemed to be round and the orange glow flickered like a flame. We spotted it again as we were walking home about 25 minutes later just to the west of the town centre when once again it faded out and was lost from view. There was no sound. It didn't have strobe lights like a plane. It couldn't have been a balloon as it was travelling too fast and there was no wind. There were thousands of people watching the fireworks so this object must have been seen by many other people.
UFOINFO Note: As with other similar reports I asked the witness to have a look at the UFO Balloons website to see if this is what might have been seen and received the following reply:
Many thanks for your email. I have had a look at the ufoballoons website and what I saw could certainly have been one of these. I never even knew they existed. I remember that there was no wind that night and the smoke from the fireworks launched from the pier was just hanging there, but from the little i've just read about ufo balloons it looks like they could still travel some considerable distance. It seems a little strange that I saw the same light again about 25 minutes later but I suppose it could have been another balloon. It certainly accounts for the flickering flame effect and the fading out.
I'll put my sighting down to one of these.
Many thanks for your interest, and providing a convincing explanation.