It is not uncommon for Chinese lanterns to cause a panic... a night sky full of twinkling lights that aren't stars is certainly a sight! Well, lately Texans have been seeing collections of twinkling lights in the sky, which seem to travel together intelligently, disappearing and reappearing at random. Their behavior is a little more peculiar than that of lanterns, which would explain the spike in reports.
Well, we've got another such report, which was graciously and anonymously submitted to Texas UFO Sightings:
Tonight about 9:30 pm we were out walking the dog on our same route on Frostwood Circle just east of I-45 in Dickinson, TX and to the northeast we saw 7 twinkling orange lights similar to the descriptions I have read. There were traveling in unison....some getting closer to each other. They were traveling NE to NW towards the city of Houston it appeared. One by one they started to disappear and gain altitude, but didn't appear to disappear into the clouds. Those ended. We continued walking a block to the east and at we saw two more brighter orange lights through the trees also gaining altitude, so it appears as if these were coming somewhere from the ground east of where we were standing. I saw these just south of the intersection of Frostwood Circle and Sunset Dr. in Dickinson. I haven't seen anything like this before. It was a quiet evening tonight and I heard no sound from them.