Thursday, October 14, 2010

A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.

Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded with calls starting at 1:30 p.m. from people reporting a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea.
Law enforcement sources said they believed the object was likely some sort of balloon, but as of late Wednesday they had not confirmed exactly what it is.

... Peters said if it was a weather balloon or any kind of organized balloon release, authorities should have been notified in advance. Police officials said they had received no notification.
It's funny that after many hours the US media still seems puzzled over this, because there's an easy, mundane, and silly explanation. Turns out they were ballons promoting the centennial of Madrid's Gran Via avenue. Apparently nobody at the Madrid tourism bureau thought about notifying NYC officials in advane. Good job, Madrileños!