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Weird News: Local UFO Sightings Pop Up Online

Some stories are downright strange. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.

Fire in the Sky?

While UFO legends aren't exactly uncommon on Long Island — Camp Hero in Montauk? The Shirley UFO Crash? — you'd think clandestine alien space travelers would pick a less conspicuous destination than an island stacked with 3 million people on the outskirts of one of the world's biggest cities.

You'd think, right?

Turns out December and January have been busy months for UFO sightings in the area, according to UFO digest, which this week wrapped up three alleged accounts, including this one out of Mastic Beach from Jan. 7.

"At first it appeared to me to be like an asteroid falling from the sky. It was A really bright light almost square in shape with a trail behind it falling straight down. I decided I wanted to get to the shoreline as fast as possible to get a better view with no trees blocking my view, which is when things got really weird.

The object stopped at about a 60 degree angle off of the horizon. We then observed a smaller bright orange light that was also remaining stationary in the sky. We stayed there for about 15 minutes and they didn't really move much then kind of just faded out."

Meanwhile, on Jan. 4, people in Farmingdale uploaded a video to YouTube of three orbs in the sky. The upload date shows it's from this past New Year's Eve, but the date printed in the video says Jan. 1, 2102.

Check out the video above and let us know what you think it is. At the same time, tell us in the comments if you believe in UFOs.

SOLVED: The Case of the Black Cloud

A mysterious black cloud the formed in Southampton last week has been largely debunked, with most suggesting it was a type of mirage that makes reflections of boats seem to hover above water.

See this post to read the ideas locals had to explain the phenomenon.

Paul L. January 13, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Looks like it could be sky lanterns and someone commented that it was on Jan 1 right after the ball dropped so maybe it was someone's New Years celebration
Richard January 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM
This video site "third phase of the moon" has been known to put out false and misleading video's on a consistent basis, check out some of the more realistic sites like educatinghumanity.com or openminds.tv, here you will find some real info on the subject.
Fred January 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM
from this video, its tough to make out anything. Could be 3 military/coast guard helicopters. The "lights" don't make any unusual aerobatics that would suggest something unknown to man.
GOLD FINGER January 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Well I know for a fact that there are lots of weird aliens living in Shirley/Mastic area which would explain why Alliens would visit that part of Long Island.
Allis January 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Definitely Sky Laterns!
K. January 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM
The YouTube video's commentary would indicate that the Farmingdale Mensa Society just happened to be meeting that night...somewhere else.

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