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From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 04:25:29 +0200
Fwd Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 19:35:36 -0400
Subject: BBC On UK UFO Alert

>From the BBC's newssite. URL


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Friday, June 12, 1998 Published at 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK


They came from space ...
(Attached image: An impression of how the objects might have appeared)

Blazing bright blue objects in the sky which sparked a flying saucer
alert across much of England are being dismissed as a meteor shower by
the government.

*BBC News' John Andrew reports on the strange phenomenon (audio)

The objects were spotted by hundreds of people from Devon to the
Midlands for several hours from about 2300 on Thursday.

They were seen both as one big light and a group of smaller lights,
travelling in a north easterly direction

Sightings spark alert

Many people rang the police to report a flying saucer, while others
feared they had seen a burning aeroplane.

Sergeant John Drake, of Staffordshire police, said: "We had more than a
dozen calls around midnight from people who had seen a single, blue
light that was bigger than a car.

"Many officers from police cars also radioed in saying they had seen
the same thing.

*An eye witness describes how the sky lit up (audio)

"Some people described a tail behind the light, while others said it
looked like it was burning or flaming. We had calls from Keele in the
north of the county to Tamworth in the south."

In southern England, Thames Valley Police contacted Air Traffic Control
at Heathrow Airport after receiving a call from High Wycombe that a
burning plane had been seen coming into land.

They also received calls from drivers on the M4 motorway, near Reading
in Berkshire.

Ministry blames meteors

But the Ministry of Defence has tried to dispel fears of an imminent
martian invasion.

A spokesman said: "Initial reports suggest it was an unusually large
meteor shower which takes place when material and debris from outer
space comes through the upper atmosphere.

"When the material passes from a zero-gravity zone into the gravity of
the upper atmosphere, it burns up because of the friction.

"It is not unusual on a smaller scale, but last night's shower seems to
have been quite big.

There was no evidence of any meteors hitting the ground, he added.

Relevant Stories

10 Jun 98=BF|=BFSci/Tech

*Scientists warn of meteor storm

Internet Links
*The Ministry of Defence
*International Meteor Organization
*American Meteor Society
*UFO Magazine
*UFO Studies
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