COULD a children’s trick be responsible for a wave of UFO sightings above Solihull?
Last week the Solihull News reported on strange lights which were spotted hovering over Dickens Heath and then quite literally vanished into thin air.
Now a Balsall Common man has given his own opinion on what the spheres might have been - homemade hot air balloons.
Brian Whittaker remembers making the miniature marvels when he was growing up in Canada. Now he thinks that local youngsters may have got hold of the idea.
“They’re a really eerie sight if you have never seen them before and I think it’s quite likely that’s what people have spotted.”
The balloons - which are made from carrier bags and fuel - can travel some distance.
“At night there is just an intense light hovering above silently and floating gently in the wind while rising slowly.
“Nobody can see the plastic bag. Eventually, they burn out and float away invisible leaving bewilderment to the observers below,” explained Brian.
“Theoretically, they could cause house fires in the middle of the night when everyone is innocently asleep miles away - especially over a rather British thatch roof.
“Therefore, it probably isn’t wise to promote it as a gag or give away the secret to little hoodlums.
“It is possible an adult supervised this mischievousness this time around, but maybe not next time?”