RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- While ringing in the New Year, a number of viewers witnessed strange UFO's in the sky. There were similar sighting in four separate California cities.
Lots of calls were made, from the FAA to the military, law enforcement and even an organization that investigates UFO sightings. One thing is for certain, these stories generate a lot of interest.
People in Hollywood, Stockton, Sacramento and Auburn all reported seeing strange, orange lights in the sky. After the first story aired, several of our viewers called or emailed saying they also witnessed an unusual, orange glowing light in the sky.
One location was near Spanish Springs, even though one viewer reported the sighting from south Reno.
At the Reno FAA tower, neither controllers on-duty, nor a review of the radar, showed anything other than routine aircraft traffic. We also checked with the military and law enforcement, as well as an organization that investigates UFO sightings. What we uncovered may have some "earthly explanations" for both the California sightings, as well as the ones locally.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed that they were flying the Raven helicopter in the area, around the same time as the unusual sightings.
Mark Easter is a Field Investigator with Mufon.com, and he had a partial explanation for some of the California sightings. "This looks like a Chinese lantern. You can buy them on the internet, and you put a candle in them, and the heat causes them to rise."
So did they see Raven's bright search light, or was it a Chinese lantern? Easter says if you see something you think is strange, report it on the Mutual UFO Network website