AN east Belfast man has told of his "wonderment" at witnessing a mysterious flying object over the city's night sky.
Richard Barr was at his mother Elaine's Cregagh Road home last Friday watching television when a "huge orange light" attracted their attention.
Stunned by what they saw, both went into the back garden to investigate, only to discover further strange lights hovering above.
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Although not far from George Best Belfast City Airport, the 29-year-old – who is a firm believer in aliens – is adamant it was not an airplane but "something unexplainable".
"I was sitting watching TV and the first thing I saw was a huge orange light which appeared out of nowhere," he told the News Letter.
"My first impression was that it was a plane on fire and I looked at my mother and she thought the same thing. We went outside and the orange light got smaller and smaller and disappeared.
"Four others (orange lights) then came across the sky and seemed to form a sort of a pattern. They hovered there for a while and then they disappeared.
"The third time we saw three triangular lights in the sky and my mother got the camera and recorded them."
The episode lasted for several minutes.
Afterwards, Richard carried out his own investigation on the internet and concluded what he saw may have been a "black triangle".
Black triangles are a class of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). There have been many alleged sightings reported across the UK and beyond. The crafts, reportedly enormous and silent, are often described as having "running lights".
"From what we read on the internet afterwards, they have been filmed all over the world. They are huge craft and usually have three lights, one on each corner," Richard said.
"They were definitely not planes and it wasn't helicopters because they made no noise. One thing we did consider was that they were chinese lanterns but we could not be sure."
Richard remembers several fire engines going past while he and his mum were transfixed on events above.
"Maybe it was a coincidence but a strange coincidence if that was the case."
Richard said last weekend's events were not his first "out-of-this-world" experience.
Approximately 10 years ago he recalled witnessing a white light "streaming across the sky" in the Knockbracken Hills.
"I believe there are aliens somewhere in the universe," he said.
"I think if human beings were the pinnacle of all creation we would be in trouble. Whether they would visit earth is another matter, but I do believe in intelligent life elsewhere."
When contacted by the News Letter regarding what the alleged object may have been, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "The role of the Ministry of Defence is to defend the UK including our airspace and therefore naturally takes an interest in any unauthorised air movements. However, at this alleged height and location over an urban area, this is very much a matter for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).”
However, a CAA spokesman said the body had “no remit to investigate UFOs”.
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