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UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom

July 9th 2010 : Wapping, London, England

UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: London, UK

Date: July 9 2010

Time: 22:30

Number of witnesses: 2

Number of objects: 100+

Shape of objects: round, spherical

Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No

Weather Conditions: Clear, no wind at ground level

Description: Hi guys, me and my wife have witnessed what we would call a UFO sighting over London last night (9 July 2010), just thought you would be interested.

It happened approximately between 10.30pm and 11pm, there were loads of them (maybe about a hundred in total or more) coming from South West flying over London and disappearing to the North East for about 30mn in total.

They looked like orange lights flying fast and high, we thought it could be balloons or chinese lanterns but there wasn't a strong wind that night to explain their speed and directions: they seemed to go high first on the South West, some looking like dancing with each other, and then crossing straight over London to the North East at fast speed.

Some of them seemed to fly in formation and the shape of the formation and the distance between each of its elements remained constant.

We caught it on camcorder and have still to process it, let us know if you would be interested in seeing the video.

I suppose we will know more about this today in the news, as we are probably not the only ones to have witnessed that.


Hi John,

The video is actually in digital format, by processing I meant converting it to a reasonable size: the original HD file is about 4Gb and I managed to convert it to an avi using the xvid encoder, so now it's 264Mb only but still too big to email it.

I am in the process of uploading it to youtube as we speak, but it might fail as the total duration is 20 minutes and they seem to allow no more than 10min. It still shows as "uploading" though with 83% completed, so maybe it will work.

If it fails I will probably have to split it and I have no idea how to do that, so any suggestion from you is welcome.

About the sighting, we observed the lights from Wapping where we live, just off St Katharine's Dock, they were coming from the horizon behind Tower Bridge and the Shard, and were disappearing to the north-east, somewhere roughly above Whitechapel.


UFOINFO Note: There is a comment from "mardrix67" stating "people i was there at tower bridge and they are lanterns released for iranian students killed,they were for a memorial and a form of protest.sorry no u.f.o's."

The witness who took the video responded:

"The thing is that these were coming from well? beyond Tower Bridge, if you look at the video you will see that most of them appear behind the Shard which is at London Bridge, so much further West.

"Whatever it was, I am not pretending they are UFOs, it may well be lanterns after but I had never seen anything like that before.

"Could you tell us more about the lanterns released for Iranian students, when and where precisely was it as I cannot find anything about this in the news?"

UFOINFO Note: Comments can be read by clicking on the YouTube logo on the videos.


UFOINFO Note: In my e-mails to the witness I wondered about a large scale lantern launch requiring permission with the close proximity of the London airports (would you even get permission?) and received this interesting comment in reply:

"I wondered the same thing about a special permission that would have been needed to release so many lanterns in the heart of the city, as there was still quite a lot of aerial traffic when this happened, be it helicopters or planes preparing to land. It may not show well in the video but at some point we saw a plane turning around from the north and descending towards Heathrow, passing between two of these orange lights, one was below the plane and the other one was well above it."