Australia just finished the third week of a UFO flap that shows no signs of dying down. On Wednesday, June 19, the Australian national television network, TEN TV, aired video footage of the bright orange UFO that cavorted over the city of Adelaide four days earlier.
The flap hit high gear last weekend when orange UFOs appeared suddenly over Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. (See "UFOs Trouble Hotline" in the Melbourne Sunday Sun-Herald for June 16, 1996).
According to Ross Dowe of Australia's National UFO Hotline, his staff received "about a dozen calls" on Friday night, June 14, with excited callers describing "strange bright orange lights" over their neighborhoods.
On Saturday night, June 15, the lights were seen again in downtown Adelaide, in the Sydney suburbs of Sutherland and Parramatta, and at Kew near Melbourne. In Kew, residents saw "five orange illuminations going straight up into the sky."
On Sunday, June 16, more lights were seen in Melbourne, and a single glowing UFO was videotaped in Adelaide.
Outlying regions of Australia were not spared, either. Orange UFOs were reported at Mudgeeraba in Queensland, at Campbelltown in South Australia and over the nation's capital, Canberra.
"We normally receive calls just in one area," Ross Dowe told the Sun-Herald. "But if this is a hoax, it's a hoax that's been done on the national scale over the past six weeks."
On Monday, June 17, radio listeners in Melbourne heard the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announce the formation of a commission to study "mysterious lights in the sky." However, other correspondents in Australia dispute this report.
On Tuesday, June 18, Melbourne saw yet another overflight of orange lights. This was described as a group of 10 orange UFOs arrayed in triangular formation, flying northeast of the city. Several people watched the aerial procession fly over Preston on its way to Eltham.
Original file name: CNI - Aussie UFOs Again 6.24
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