Monday, September 27, 2010
Aliens over Columbia Heights! That, or Chinese lanterns
It was hard to tell how far away the lights were or how high they were -- some of us thought they were a few blocks away, while others thought they were higher and farther. A few other Columbia Heights folks on Twitter saw them also.
A friend called the city's call center asking about the lights and was told "Federal authorities are looking for a suspect." Weird. Maybe the person who answered the phone was confused.
Dave Stroup at DCist and a few others think they were Chinese sky lanterns, but I think they were [REDACTED BY CIA]. Chinese lanterns are possible, but I wonder why? There weren't any Chinese holidays last night according to a cursory Google search, though a DCist commenter says it might have been the Chinese mid-autumn festival which was the 22nd. Another DCist commenter thinks they were launched from around 14th and Irving.
Anyone else see them? Where were you?
Here are a few artist renderings of the aliens.