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Lights In Sky Leave Britain In Grip Of The

From: John Hayes <ufoinfo@cableinet.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 11:07:30 +0100
Fwd Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 12:50:02 -0400
Subject: Lights In Sky Leave Britain In Grip Of The

SOURCE: The Sunday Mirror (UK) July 12th 1998

Lights in sky leave Britain in grip of the 'Z-Files'

by LEO SPALL

WEIRD "Z" shapes lighting up the sky over Britain sparked hundreds of calls
in an X Files-type riddle yesterday.

People from Cornwall to Scotland reported the huge dazzling display.

One aircraft pilot called in to say he'd seen what appeared to be an
explosion in the sky above the Isle of Man.

Teesside air traffic control tower, near Newcastle upon Tyne, also reported
a sighting.

A Department Of Transport spokesman said: "We had sightings from the Clyde
and west to Belfast and east to Leeds."

Belfast coastguard Rowlston Williams watched for more than an hour when the
sky lit up around midnight on Friday.

He said: "I have never seen anything like it. When we first saw the object,
it was not completely dark.

"Whatever it was, it appeared to be moving very slowly westwards.

"It seemed larger than the moon and higher than the clouds."

UFO researcher Ron Barrett said: "There have been numerous people who have
seen these lights but not in these sort of shapes."

Defence officials at RAF Fylingdales, the Yorkshire-based early-warning
station reported no undue activity.

But a pilot flying from France to the Midlands solved the mystery when he
reported a meteorite.

A spokesman for the Coastguard Agency said: "It was very spectacular but
can be explained.

"The lights that so many people saw were caused by a meteorite breaking up
as it entered the Earth's atmosphere.

"The big 'Z' vapour trail was hanging there for a while. It was a mystery
at the time - but it was not an alien craft."

The boulder disintegrated as it entered the Earth's atmosphere, leaving a
bright trail of strange shapes.

[END ARTICLE]


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