We’ve decided to set the tone for our 2014 coverage right here and now with reports of UFOs across California on New Year’s Eve. Fireworks and drunken misperceptions have been ruled out — at least by the puzzled people in the videos below.
From ABC7 in San Francisco:
A lot of people say they saw a strange thing in the sky over California on New Year’s Eve and they say it wasn’t fireworks, but a UFO. They saw multiple glowing objects over several cities including Sacramento, Auburn and Stockton. Someone captured video of a similar image in the sky over Hollywood, spotted during the fireworks. They all report seeing four to six unusual-looking lights. We’re still waiting to find out if there’s an official explanation for what those people saw.
Says one witness: “They were like in almost diamond or triangle shape, and they just started separating. Says another: “Whatever it was moved up and to the left, it hovered there for probably about 60 seconds, and it took off at a high rate of speed and then just disappeared.”
And here’s video of a sighting over the Hollywood Hills. Alternative explanation provided by eyewitness: “That better be the f***ing Amazon drone dropping me some s***.”
Meanwhile, news about a mysterious crop circle near Salinas, which appears to be the work of either extraterrestrials or Banksy. From the Monterey Herald:
An elaborate crop circle in a barley field about six miles southeast of Salinas appeared to have landed from out of nowhere Monday, when a YouTube video depicting its alleged discovery made its way onto the Internet.
By late afternoon, news of the circle outside Chualar had drawn curious onlookers from throughout the Salinas Valley.
Stamped in the middle of the field, the design covered about an acre and looked like a strange computer chip with dots in the middle that some Internet observers interpreted as either Braille or Morse code.
Most crop circle enthusiasts were quick to call it a hoax. But with the landowner apparently unaware of how it happened, theories were multiplying all over the Internet by press time. Full story
Local news KSBW led with the story on Dec 30.
Alas, the crop circle has now been destroyed by the landowner.