UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
December 31st 2008 : Walton, south of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Walton, south of Wakefield West Yorkshire
Date: 31 December 2008 / 1 January 2009
Time: 22.15 and 00.28
Number of witnesses: 2 on 1st occasion and 4 on second occasion
Number of objects: One first sighting and two on second sighting
Shape of objects: Orange spheres but with some apparent solid form within the light
Weather Conditions: High cloud but otherwise clear
Description: The first sighting was by myself and partner from Shay Lane, Walton looking south. A large orange light (size in total of a helicopter) appeared rising from about 25/30 degrees above the horizon. It was about 400 - 500 yards away and maybe 150 feet up. It ascended almost vertically (to 11 o,clock as we watched) over a period of perhaps 2 minutes, getting smaller as it gained height until it disappeared into the cloud base.
The second sightings were initially by my son who called my partner, my daughter and me outside my home on Shay Lane, to see two similar objects - orange lit orbs with some discernible solid shape inside the light - again in the south, which also ascended, becoming smaller as they got higher until they too disappeared into the cloud base.
One appeared and began ascending towards 11 o'clock and, just before it entered the clouds and disappeared, a further light appeared much lower in the sky, as did the first sighting, and then began a slow ascent, less vertically and more towards 10 o'clock, again disappearing into the clouds.
They moved at a speed comparable with an ascending helicopter but there was no sound. The movement was controlled - no sudden changes of direction.
They were definitely NOT fireworks, lasers, aircraft, helicopters, balloons or any other object we would think of.
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:
Thanks for this. I've checked it out and you would seem to be right. Never knew the things existed. Happy to know what we saw!