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Occurred : 12/25/2010 19:40 (Entered as : 12/25/10 19:40)
Reported: 1/9/2011 9:13:03 PM 21:13
Posted: 1/31/2011
Location: Edmonds, WA
Shape: Light
Duration:20 mins
Likely explanation for 12/25/10 Edmonds WA sighting

This is in response to the report at -

I witnessed at least 20 chinese lanterns being set aloft between 7:30 and 7:45 from the side of a hill in Woodway (we were at the Point Edwards condo development less than a 1/4 mile away. They would rise slowly until they cleared the trees and would then pick up speed as they were swept up by the wind. They traveled NW until they went out minutes later.

If I hadn't seen them launched, I would have thought they were UFOs as well (and thus wondered if anyone would report them here). In flight, it was difficult to discern their size and distance.