Location of Sighting: on B3254 Cornwall, between Bennacott and Whitstone
Date of Sighting: 14 August 2011
Time: 22:30 / 22:45
Witness Name: Matthew Delaforce
Witness Statement: Hi, on the night of Sunday 14th August at about 10:30 pm I was driving from Launceston to Redpost in Cornwall along the B3254. As I approached the Witstone area, (I was just passing the halfway point between Bennacott and Whitstone on the B3254), when I saw an orange light flying lowish from the north west direction straight toward me, I was expecting it to be a police helicopter as I had only just passed a load of police cars parked in the village of Ladycross, so I pulled up on the empty road and opened my window to listen. I heard no sounds from it at all as it went right over head. It actually looked like a large Chinese Lantern would I guess, but the orange light at its centre didn’t flicker like a candle flame might have, it was a steady orange light which from below only slightly illuminated the surrounding sections of the object. Moonlight illuminated the outer sides more than the orange light itself.
It could have been a large Chinese lantern perhapse released from some area between Weeks StMary and Whitstone, but it was so odd to have it fly horizontally past in a south easterly direction on a practically still clear moonlit night. I thus turned the car round and drove after it as much as I could along the B3254 looking for a good spot to park. However it went further east of the main road and I soon lost sight of it. It seemed to be drifting in excess of 40 miles per hour the way it got away from me and there didn’t seem to be a strong wind that I remember to account for its speed through the sky.
The last thing I saw of the object was it heading perhaps towards the “StGiles on the Heath” area (North of Launceston), I had briefly stopped on B3254 road near West Curry after having turned round to go after it, then I lost sight of it when I drove on further down the road to locate a proper pull-in point to stop try study the object.
That last sighting I had of it, had it positioned aprox 30 degrees above horizontal, against the thin moonlite high clouds, it still looked like a dark object with a orange light near it’s centre. The Moon was further to the south than the object and moon light did seem to be illuminating the right hand side of the object more than the central orange light itself, but I didn’t have enough time to stare and study it that minute as I was stopped on the open road.
This could quite easily be a large chinese lantern, but one which at the time seemed odd as it flew / drifted horizontally and headed in a south easterly direction while the clouds which were moving seemed to be moving south west.
Any one else seen a large chinese lantern like object in the north cornwall area in August?
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