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Multiple UFOs appeared in the sky above south Chicago on Saturday night, and Chinese lanterns are what have been offered to explain the strange lights.

Chicago UFOs just Chinese lanterns?

Multiple UFOs appeared in the sky above south Chicago on Saturday night. Nicole Dragozetich was among the witnesses who observed the line of mysterious lights in the sky, and she recorded the event with her cell phone camera. The sighting left witnesses scratching their heads, and was reported on by various media outlets. But according to AOL News, Renee Hutchinson, founder and president of a foundation that fights for strict child abuse laws, claims the strange lights were simply Chinese lanterns “released in the air in memory of abuse victims.”

While Chicago’s ABC affiliate, WLS-TV, reported Dragozetich’s description of the lights as “orange-colored blinking lights,” their appearance in her video is quite white. Tests conducted by Open Minds with Chinese lanterns showed that all sky lanterns, even white or colored lanterns, flicker and appear orange in the night sky, which would be consistent with WLS-TV’s description of the Chicago lights. However, the lights seen in the video don’t exactly validate this description.

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.