Have you seen any mysterious orange orbs lately?

2015-11-27 10:00
One of the four unidentified flying objects cruising the skies above Clarendon photographed from the top of Roberts Road at 9.30?pm on Sunday.

One of the four unidentified flying objects cruising the skies above Clarendon photographed from the top of Roberts Road at 9.30?pm on Sunday. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Has anybody else seen four perfectly round, bright orange orbs whizzing above the city in recent days?

Clarendon resident and Witness photographer Ian Carbutt said he was driving home along Roberts Road at 9.30 pm on Sunday when he saw three bright lights travelling towards Greytown.

He described the lights as “orange orbs”.

“At first I thought they might be paper lanterns, but they were all travelling in a row, there was very little wind and they were moving very fast.

“I stopped my car near The Wykeham Collegiate, but by the time I got out of the car, they had disappeared behind the trees, and then they were gone.”

However, just as he was about to get back into his car, he saw a fourth orb travelling in the same direction and quickly snapped a picture with his cellphone.

A Prestbury resident, who asked not to be named, said she and her partner had seen a similar orange orb in the night sky at around 7.30 pm one evening early last week.

The resident said they initially thought it might have been aircraft lights, but realised they would have heard engines at the height it appeared to be travelling.

“It moved across the sky and I took a photo with my cellphone, but it came out a bit blurry. It was very strange and I can’t explain it,” she said.

The picture she took bore strong similarities to the one Carbutt took.

Pietermaritzburg Airport manager Alvin Naidoo said the Air Traffic Controllers at the airport did not have an explanation for the “orbs”.

However, there had been a problem with people in the Clarendon and Prestbury area waving around lasers.

Both residents, however, said what they had seen “were definitely not lasers”.

Any Witness reader who can shed light on the matter should contact the news desk at 033 355 1127 or e-mail newsed@witness.co.za

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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