Liberty County SO Updates UFO Report

LIBERTY, March 25, 2013 - According to Captain DeFoor, After the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department issued a news release late Saturday night, March 23rd. regarding “fire balls in the sky” as a 911 caller described them and appealed for the public’s help in locating the source of these reported “fire balls”, the case has been resolved.

There was a wedding in the city of Raywood, in East Liberty County, and approximately fifty (50) to seventy-five (75) of these “Sky Lanterns” were released at the wedding reception by a Raywood area resident.

After hearing the news regarding these reported “fire balls”, the resident contacted the Sheriff Department and brought one of the lanterns to the department. These thin paper devises measure approximately three (3) feet in height with a 3” x 4” piece of fuel treated card board suspended by wire in the opening of the balloon and when lit it provides the flame that produces the “lift” for the balloon. They are advertised as being 100 percent biodegradable and several have been found in local area fields.

After explaining to the resident that although the county is not presently under a “burn ban”, the county is however in a drought condition with high winds and releasing these paper balloons with a flame in them has the potential of causing a forest fire and/or a home fire.

No charges will be filed but it was agreed that, perhaps, the decision to launch these balloons in such adverse weather conditions was probably not well thought out prior to launching them.

This is a photo of the “Sky Lantern” that was reported as a “fire ball in the sky” by a citizen placing a 911 call to the Sheriff’s dispatcher this past Saturday night. As described in an earlier “News Release”, the balloon is made of VERY thin paper and it measures approximately 3’ tall. A piece of fuel soaked card board measuring about 3” by 4” is suspended at the bottom opening by four thin wires. When this piece of card board is lit with a match it flames and fills the balloon with heat causing the balloon to rise.


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