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Occurred : 10/31/2008 08:30 (Entered as : 10/31/2008 08:30)
Reported: 11/3/2008 11:17:17 AM 11:17
Posted: 1/10/2009
Location: Franklin, TN
Shape: Triangle
Black triangular, round or rectangular object in broad daylight or sunset.

Black triangular, round or rectangular object. If anyone sights one of these around Franklin, TN - it's not a UFO, but merely a solar-heated hot air balloon made from black trash bags.

They're not always triangular, but do always contain black material which absorbs heat from the sun. I release them with tags hoping they are found. They have flown over 700 miles in one day.

Sorry if this doesn't qualify as a report; I just want to get the word out so people may know what they're seeing if they encounter one of these balloons floating around in the sky. They do have a very UFO-like appearance, especially to someone who has never heard of a solar balloon before (which would be a lot of people, which is why I'm sending this).

I hope this is informative to those who may have seen one of these around Franklin.

I do have fans of my Web site ((commercial web-address deleted)) and there are other balloon enthusiasts all over the country so obviously Franklin won't be the only place they could be seen.

((NUFORC Note: We cannot confirm that the objects reported from this area of the country are balloons. Frankly, we are skeptical. PD))