Update: Were these sky lanterns? That's what a local news viewer is saying. Or could a meteor shower be to blame? According to ElPasoAllSky.com, possibly.
If aliens are real, they really love visiting San Antonio. Last night (May 22nd), between the hours of 9 to 10, a crap load of people saw UFOs - descriptions range from "round, reddish-orange, glowing balls" to green flashes of light, and there was even a tweet about a strange sound. Meteors, space ships, the new Dragon commercial cargo ship? And this isn't the first time San Antonio has experienced a UFO flap in recent memory. On April 17th, a variety of UFOs (from triangles to fireballs) were spotted. Earlier in the month, San Antonians witnessed a strange fireball.
While we don't have any photo or video of this particular flap, we've got a crazy amount of eyewitness reports - ranging from local news coverage to tweets to MUFON reports. Here's a sampling.
Countless Eyewitness Reports
From the local San Antonio "Fox 29" station:
Dozens of UFO sightings in San Antonio from different parts of the city. All viewers described the objects as round, reddish-orange, glowing balls. So far, no one's been able to figure out what it was.
I saw a UFO in San Antonio, Texas on May 22, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. between Wurzbach and Huebner and Vance Jackson and IH10. At first I thought my neighbors had gotten a motion detector light but it didn't make sense to me why a light was actually shining right on me (like a spotlight). I looked up and saw what I thought to be at first a helicopter search light...but then I noticed there was no noise. The object was round and about half the size of a full moon with a slight orange outline. It was moving very quickly across the sky (not as fast as a commercial airplane and much faster than a helicopter. The white light and object were extraordinary...like what you see when iron is so hot it turns brilliant white. It seemed like it was only about 200-300 feet above me. I ran out into the yard to get a better look and it was no longer in the path it had been traveling (West to North) and had disappeared.
From Twitter (and there are gallons more where this came from):
And It Gets Weirder...
What's interesting is a couple of days before this sighting, San Antonio meteorologist @wxprobrian tweeted: "Hearing scanner traffic and now phone calls about a UFO out there tonight. Have you heard/seen anything?" Was this UFO making its way around town before the mass sighting?
To make the story even stranger, there were two UFO sightings in Dallas around the same time, that feel awfully familiar. @_bbyCakez_ tweeted "Did I just see a UFO!?" while @Crystal_592 tweeted: "OHMYGOT GUYS GUYS WE JUST SAW SOMETHING IN THE MUTHA FUDGEN SKY IT WAS A GREEN LIGHT LIKE OMG FREAKEN UFO LOOKIN. SO COOLL WTF WAS IT?"