UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
January 1st 2009 : Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Close to the Thames Estuary.
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of objects: 5
Shape of objects: Not quite circular seemed to be flat on one edge.
Weather Conditions: Dry with some patchy cloud.
Description: We were seeing the New Year in on our balcony, watching fireworks when a large creamy coloured light with an orangy edge about the size of a tea plate appeared above us coming from the NW. We thought it was a helicopter but quickly realised that it was making no noise and there were none of the lights that we regularly see on helicopters overhead. Nor was it an aircraft. It progressed very smoothly towards the Thames Estuary and at a certain point seemed to stop then started to shrink in size until a pin prick and disappeared. Almost immediately three more lights appeared to the SE of us over the Thames. They were identical to the first light only smaller and moving in a triangular formation as they came towards us, and when each light reached the place where the first light had disappeared it in turn shrank and disappeared. Moments later a fifth light appeared from the same direction as the last three (from the S.E.) and glided to the same spot where the the other four lights had disappeared, then it shrank and disappeared. While this was taking place hundreds of fireworks were being set off to mark the New Year. My son had been watching the fireworks from a friend's garden in Leigh-on-Sea - slightly further inland and to the west of us. When my husband and I told him what we had seen, he said he and his friends had been watching these lights too and were wondering what they were.
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:
I have looked at the video and doubt whether the balloons are what we saw. The lights we saw were moving too steadily. If they had been balloons they would have been moving on an air current or in the wind so would have been moving in more or less the same direction. Whereas, the first light we saw definitely came over our roof top from behind us - from the north west, while the other four lights were coming towards us from the south east. The three light that were in a triangle kept the same distance from each other until each one disappeared. Sometimes there are laser light shows from Southend over the estuary and I wondered if it might have been this ... but my son and his friend would not have been able to see the laser lights from where they were watching. I had almost forgotten about the lights until I read a report about a similar sighting this week made by a farmer in Lincolnshire. The lights he saw sounded similar.