UFO mystery in Mill End

Shocked residents in Mill End say they watched in wonder yesterday evening as a UFO circled above their homes.

Four witnesses, three of whom took mobile phone footage of the alleged craft, contacted the Watford Observer this morning to tell us what they saw.

Andrew Baskeyfield said a large ball of light hovered in the air for a few minutes at around 7.30pm. He said: “There was a ball like shape moving fast across the sky. It looked like a fire ball. It had no sound and kept at a steady height.

“There where planes in the sky at the same time and you could see this wasn't a helicopter or plane as there where no landing lights.”

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10:51am Tue 16 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

This is very interesting phenomena.

The fact that this was captured on film by three independent witnesses gives it real credibility.

It's hard to ascertain the altitude, but I would be surprised if this didn't appear on a radar.

The next call I would make as a WO reporter wuld be to the local airfield, to see if anomalies were recorded at that time.
This is very interesting phenomena. The fact that this was captured on film by three independent witnesses gives it real credibility. It's hard to ascertain the altitude, but I would be surprised if this didn't appear on a radar. The next call I would make as a WO reporter wuld be to the local airfield, to see if anomalies were recorded at that time. The Plinth of Darkneth
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11:01am Tue 16 Sep 08

JonBoy says...

It is clearly a Weather Balloon. Sometimes people see what they want to see.
It is clearly a Weather Balloon. Sometimes people see what they want to see. JonBoy
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11:06am Tue 16 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

Weather balloons?

Get a grip - this is the 21st Century JonBoy.

We're not talking Roswell 1947 here.
Weather balloons? Get a grip - this is the 21st Century JonBoy. We're not talking Roswell 1947 here. The Plinth of Darkneth
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11:25am Tue 16 Sep 08

JonBoy says...

Shows how much you know. From the Met Office website

http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/corporate/pr
essoffice/anniversar
y/balloon.html

The most complete and reliable method of sampling the upper atmosphere. The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand, which can be tracked through Global Positioning System navigation satellites


The Met Office maintains six manual and four automated upper-air sites

A flight can last more than two hours

A radiosonde can reach 35 km (115,000 feet) and drift 200 km (125 miles) from the release point

Temperatures as low as -90 °C, with pressures only thousandths of that found at the surface, are found routinely

Upper-air data are used by the Army to improve the accuracy of shells during firing practice

If you go to google images and search for radiosonde (balloon) you will see how they could be easily mistaken for a UFO. Some people are so desperate to believe in UFOs that tthey will never listen to reason , only their imaginations.
Shows how much you know. From the Met Office website http://www.metoffice .gov.uk/corporate/pr essoffice/anniversar y/balloon.html The most complete and reliable method of sampling the upper atmosphere. The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand, which can be tracked through Global Positioning System navigation satellites The Met Office maintains six manual and four automated upper-air sites A flight can last more than two hours A radiosonde can reach 35 km (115,000 feet) and drift 200 km (125 miles) from the release point Temperatures as low as -90 °C, with pressures only thousandths of that found at the surface, are found routinely Upper-air data are used by the Army to improve the accuracy of shells during firing practice If you go to google images and search for radiosonde (balloon) you will see how they could be easily mistaken for a UFO. Some people are so desperate to believe in UFOs that tthey will never listen to reason , only their imaginations. JonBoy
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12:38pm Tue 16 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

Jesus H Corbett, JonBoy - you really are a geek.

Firstly, whatever these videos show us, they cannot be readily indentified, so assuming that they are weather balloons is just as speculative as any other claim of their origin.

This is why the term Unidentified Flying Objects is used.

It's not rocket science.

Jesus H Corbett, JonBoy - you really are a geek. Firstly, whatever these videos show us, they cannot be readily indentified, so assuming that they are weather balloons is just as speculative as any other claim of their origin. This is why the term Unidentified Flying Objects is used. It's not rocket science. The Plinth of Darkneth
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12:45pm Tue 16 Sep 08

Mike Ribble says...

Just think of it! Beings on an alien world devote massive scientific, technical, intellectual and energy resources to achieve the ability to cross millions of light years and what do they choose as their target - Mill End!

Perhaps it's weather balloon after all?
Just think of it! Beings on an alien world devote massive scientific, technical, intellectual and energy resources to achieve the ability to cross millions of light years and what do they choose as their target - Mill End! Perhaps it's weather balloon after all? Mike Ribble
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1:18pm Tue 16 Sep 08

Flyonthewall says...

I know some people from Mill End and they are from another planet. I am not surprised by this sighting at all. One of them told me that they had seen men in dark suits and driving black cars in Mill End today. Could they be from the secret services? or could they be undertakers?
I know some people from Mill End and they are from another planet. I am not surprised by this sighting at all. One of them told me that they had seen men in dark suits and driving black cars in Mill End today. Could they be from the secret services? or could they be undertakers? Flyonthewall
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2:23pm Tue 16 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

Perhaps the Watford Obsever can contact the nearest Meteorolgical Office in order to establish whether they were indeed weather balloons or not? A record of balloons being released in the surrounding areas would soon answer that question.

Surely once that has been ascertained, then discussion can open up as to what the origin of this phenomena actually is.

But I wouldn't hold your breath.
Perhaps the Watford Obsever can contact the nearest Meteorolgical Office in order to establish whether they were indeed weather balloons or not? A record of balloons being released in the surrounding areas would soon answer that question. Surely once that has been ascertained, then discussion can open up as to what the origin of this phenomena actually is. But I wouldn't hold your breath. The Plinth of Darkneth
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2:40pm Tue 16 Sep 08

JonBoy says...

Maybe there is a secret alien society in Mill End.
Maybe there is a secret alien society in Mill End. JonBoy
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3:43pm Tue 16 Sep 08

gangerman says...

"The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand"
Visible from the ground?

Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine.
"The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand" Visible from the ground? Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine. gangerman
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4:21pm Tue 16 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

gangerman wrote:
"The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand"Visible from the ground?Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine.
Thanks for debunking that theory, gangerman, my main man.

Perhaps JonBoy has another theory as to what the true nature of these clearly visible UFOs are?
[quote][bold]gangerman[/bold] wrote: "The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand"Visible from the ground?Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine.[/quote]Thanks for debunking that theory, gangerman, my main man. Perhaps JonBoy has another theory as to what the true nature of these clearly visible UFOs are? The Plinth of Darkneth
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11:11pm Tue 16 Sep 08

highhigh says...

Flyonthewall wrote:
I know some people from Mill End and they are from another planet. I am not surprised by this sighting at all. One of them told me that they had seen men in dark suits and driving black cars in Mill End today. Could they be from the secret services? or could they be undertakers?
Obviously you dont....i wonder if this joke would be made if you actually lived there?. May i ask where you live?. Not to sure what to make of the videos to be honest.
[quote][bold]Flyonthewall[/bold] wrote: I know some people from Mill End and they are from another planet. I am not surprised by this sighting at all. One of them told me that they had seen men in dark suits and driving black cars in Mill End today. Could they be from the secret services? or could they be undertakers?[/quote]Obviously you dont....i wonder if this joke would be made if you actually lived there?. May i ask where you live?. Not to sure what to make of the videos to be honest. highhigh
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11:51pm Tue 16 Sep 08

communitypolice says...

Aliens looking for intelligent life in Mill End?, mission aborted - gone off to eat some Smash instead. How many tin foil hats will be worn tomorrow round that way? (probably the same on any given day), a place where people still point open mouthed at aeroplanes. Or maybe it really was aliens looking to refuel at the BP, as if the credit crunch wasn't enough - now we have an alien invasion coming. Typical.
Aliens looking for intelligent life in Mill End?, mission aborted - gone off to eat some Smash instead. How many tin foil hats will be worn tomorrow round that way? (probably the same on any given day), a place where people still point open mouthed at aeroplanes. Or maybe it really was aliens looking to refuel at the BP, as if the credit crunch wasn't enough - now we have an alien invasion coming. Typical. communitypolice
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1:00am Wed 17 Sep 08

highhigh says...

communitypolice wrote:
Aliens looking for intelligent life in Mill End?, mission aborted - gone off to eat some Smash instead. How many tin foil hats will be worn tomorrow round that way? (probably the same on any given day), a place where people still point open mouthed at aeroplanes. Or maybe it really was aliens looking to refuel at the BP, as if the credit crunch wasn't enough - now we have an alien invasion coming. Typical.
Another highly intellectual here. You have based the credit crunch along the same lines as a UFO siting, clearly you need to go back into education and find yourself a real job.
[quote][bold]communitypolice[/bold] wrote: Aliens looking for intelligent life in Mill End?, mission aborted - gone off to eat some Smash instead. How many tin foil hats will be worn tomorrow round that way? (probably the same on any given day), a place where people still point open mouthed at aeroplanes. Or maybe it really was aliens looking to refuel at the BP, as if the credit crunch wasn't enough - now we have an alien invasion coming. Typical.[/quote]Another highly intellectual here. You have based the credit crunch along the same lines as a UFO siting, clearly you need to go back into education and find yourself a real job. highhigh
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3:03pm Wed 17 Sep 08

JonBoy says...

The Plinth of Darkneth wrote:
gangerman wrote:"The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand"Visible from the ground?Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine.Thanks for debunking that theory, gangerman, my main man.Perhaps JonBoy has another theory as to what the true nature of these clearly visible UFOs are?
The sun reflecting from a hand sized object can appear very large. But hey, what's the point in thinking logically about it? POD and his main man Gangeman are having fun living in their own little world.
[quote][bold]The Plinth of Darkneth[/bold] wrote: gangerman wrote:"The Met Office uses the latest design - roughly the size of an adult's hand"Visible from the ground?Probably the setting sun reflecting off the underside of a man made machine.Thanks for debunking that theory, gangerman, my main man.Perhaps JonBoy has another theory as to what the true nature of these clearly visible UFOs are?[/quote]The sun reflecting from a hand sized object can appear very large. But hey, what's the point in thinking logically about it? POD and his main man Gangeman are having fun living in their own little world. JonBoy
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6:15pm Wed 17 Sep 08

gangerman says...

night, night, Jon Boy.
night, night, Jon Boy. gangerman
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8:56pm Wed 17 Sep 08

communitypolice says...

highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell?
Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked...
highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell? Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked... communitypolice
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11:54pm Wed 17 Sep 08

alanborky says...

I am, er, Johnlad, the less retarded brother of Johnboy, and to defend our family honour, I must point out the Met Office definition of something being the size of a fist doesn't preclude the possibility the fist they're referring to is King Kong's!
I am, er, Johnlad, the less retarded brother of Johnboy, and to defend our family honour, I must point out the Met Office definition of something being the size of a fist doesn't preclude the possibility the fist they're referring to is King Kong's! alanborky
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10:38am Thu 18 Sep 08

Jimbobfury says...

They're all high on crack....
They're all high on crack.... Jimbobfury
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1:36am Fri 19 Sep 08

highhigh says...

communitypolice wrote:
highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell?Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked...
You have alot to say about these issues but not much to say about your own occuopation, where do you live? Its not the alien issue at all its how you have descrubed the resudents and the area in general, tosser.
[quote][bold]communitypolice[/bold] wrote: highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell?Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked...[/quote]You have alot to say about these issues but not much to say about your own occuopation, where do you live? Its not the alien issue at all its how you have descrubed the resudents and the area in general, tosser. highhigh
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12:14pm Fri 19 Sep 08

Chris40 says...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....well actually last week in the office, I had a close encounter with this alien object when it arrived in a big red mother ship which had the strange symbols Royal Mail written on it. The object materialised at my desk in the sinister form of a novelty foil helium balloon in the shape of a 40. Strangely this happened the very day of my 40th birthday.
I took the visitor home, where it hovered around my lounge for a few days, but on Monday the 15th it signalled it must return home so I released it from my back garden and it floated gently away!!!

Hope this helps solve the mystery.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away....well actually last week in the office, I had a close encounter with this alien object when it arrived in a big red mother ship which had the strange symbols Royal Mail written on it. The object materialised at my desk in the sinister form of a novelty foil helium balloon in the shape of a 40. Strangely this happened the very day of my 40th birthday. I took the visitor home, where it hovered around my lounge for a few days, but on Monday the 15th it signalled it must return home so I released it from my back garden and it floated gently away!!! Hope this helps solve the mystery. Chris40
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2:23pm Fri 19 Sep 08

The Plinth of Darkneth says...

highhigh wrote:
communitypolice wrote:highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell?Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked...You have alot to say about these issues but not much to say about your own occuopation, where do you live? Its not the alien issue at all its how you have descrubed the resudents and the area in general, tosser.
I think you are quite right highhigh, how this idiot can make comments like that... I mean everyone knows that Watford is by far the biggest hole in the area.

And anyway, who mentioned aliens?

This story is about aerial phenomena not aliens?

I see that the usual ignorance is applied as ever.
[quote][bold]highhigh[/bold] wrote: communitypolice wrote:highhigh, you're not so bright - I guess you think my username reflects my occupation. WRONG. Did I upset you with my comments about Mill Bell?Or are aliens a serious issue not to be mocked...You have alot to say about these issues but not much to say about your own occuopation, where do you live? Its not the alien issue at all its how you have descrubed the resudents and the area in general, tosser.[/quote]I think you are quite right highhigh, how this idiot can make comments like that... I mean everyone knows that Watford is by far the biggest hole in the area. And anyway, who mentioned aliens? This story is about aerial phenomena not aliens? I see that the usual ignorance is applied as ever. The Plinth of Darkneth
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2:56am Tue 23 Sep 08

mowngorilla says...

The Plinth of Darkneth wrote:
Jesus H Corbett, JonBoy - you really are a geek.Firstly, whatever these videos show us, they cannot be readily indentified, so assuming that they are weather balloons is just as speculative as any other claim of their origin.This is why the term Unidentified Flying Objects is used.It's not rocket science.
Indeed my friend it is rocket science.....that is the whole point
[quote][bold]The Plinth of Darkneth[/bold] wrote: Jesus H Corbett, JonBoy - you really are a geek.Firstly, whatever these videos show us, they cannot be readily indentified, so assuming that they are weather balloons is just as speculative as any other claim of their origin.This is why the term Unidentified Flying Objects is used.It's not rocket science.[/quote]Indeed my friend it is rocket science.....that is the whole point mowngorilla
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12:53pm Tue 23 Sep 08

lilacfloyd says...

JonBoy wrote:
It is clearly a Weather Balloon. Sometimes people see what they want to see.
The radiosonde is the instrument that the weather balloon carrys.

UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) NOT alien spaceship was spotted at around 7.30 PM.

Weather Balloons are launched at 12:00 AM. or 12:00 PM. and last up to 2 hours before bursting and releasing the radiosonde back to earth gently by parachute.

“There where planes in the sky at the same time and you could see this wasn't a helicopter or plane as there where no landing lights.”

Also no one in there right mind would release a weather balloon whilst there are aircraft in the area.

So I would say that it wasn't a weather balloon but that doesn't mean it was a Alien spaceship.







[quote][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: It is clearly a Weather Balloon. Sometimes people see what they want to see.[/quote]The radiosonde is the instrument that the weather balloon carrys. UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) NOT alien spaceship was spotted at around 7.30 PM. Weather Balloons are launched at 12:00 AM. or 12:00 PM. and last up to 2 hours before bursting and releasing the radiosonde back to earth gently by parachute. “There where planes in the sky at the same time and you could see this wasn't a helicopter or plane as there where no landing lights.” Also no one in there right mind would release a weather balloon whilst there are aircraft in the area. So I would say that it wasn't a weather balloon but that doesn't mean it was a Alien spaceship. lilacfloyd
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12:46am Thu 2 Oct 08

Harry Challenger says...

There are other people who have seen UFOs over Rickmansworth and Croxley. Ordinary British people can advocate that some UFOs are alien if they wish. We are independently minded, quite capable of excercising our own judgement. The two sceptics on here seem very agitated by this freedom to reserve our own opinion on what this object is. Why are you both so very bothered by this little white ball -if it really is nothing - it shouldn't bother you at all what these people post?
There are other people who have seen UFOs over Rickmansworth and Croxley. Ordinary British people can advocate that some UFOs are alien if they wish. We are independently minded, quite capable of excercising our own judgement. The two sceptics on here seem very agitated by this freedom to reserve our own opinion on what this object is. Why are you both so very bothered by this little white ball -if it really is nothing - it shouldn't bother you at all what these people post? Harry Challenger
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