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UFOs Over Hackney

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:21:17 -0400
Archived: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:21:17 -0400
Subject: UFOs Over Hackney

Source: The Hackney Gazette - London, UK


15 August 2007

UFOs Over Hackney

Random fireballs lighting up the skies of Stamford Hill were one
of 97 unexplained mysteries that occurred in the UK last year.

The sightings were reported to the Ministry of Defence and have
been published following requests under the Freedom of
Information Act.

There was a massive bang in Stamford Hill at 9pm on September 9
last year before two large fireballs were seen moving east to
west across the sky.

Denis Plunkett, 76, a founder of the British Flying Saucer
Bureau and a former lecturer for the London UFO studies group,
said: "I don't think I have ever heard of that sort of

"Fireballs don't travel horizontally because of the force of
gravity pulling them down. They disintegrate and just burn out."

He said the bang could have been caused by one fireball
splitting into two.

The Stamford Hill sighting happened at the same time that
another fast-moving fireball was seen in Manchester.

Nick Pope, who used to run the government's UFO project at the
MoD and is one of the world's leading UFO experts, believes
there is an astronomical explanation to the two sightings, such
as a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.

"After investigation, most UFO sightings turn out to be
misidentifications of ordinary objects or phenomena, although a
small percentage can't be so easily explained," he said.

It is not the first time Hackney has been touched by the

A black, odd-shaped object was seen moving faster than a plane
in Finsbury Park on February 26, 2000.

Two weeks later, on March 12, again in Stamford Hill, a bright
white star was seen moving steadily along before vanishing into
the night skies.

The Gazette reported how a couple awoke on February 15, 2001, to
see a strange white light above the rooftops close to their home
in Thistlewaite Road, Lower Clapton.

Paul Scott, vice-chairman of the British Earth and Aerial
Mysteries Society, told the Gazette during the summer of 1999
how the group had logged reports of sightings of unusually-
shaped aircraft and strange lights in the night skies above

A MoD spokesman said it only examined witness reports if UK
airspace was under threat from hostile or unauthorised military

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