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Colombian UFO videos cause some to believe it is a hotspot

The media has picked up on a few alleged UFO videos from Colombia, prompting some to ask whether it is a new UFO hotspot. Many of the facts regarding the videos have been misreported by UFO websites, causing confusion and dubious conclusions on their part. Furthermore, some researchers think the objects in the videos are likely very terrestrial in origin.

Last week a video from Medellin, Colombia, made a lot of buzz. It was posted on several UFO websites, before it began springing up on news sites as well. It was reportedly filmed on November 16, 2014, and originally posted on December 5, 2014. However, the video most are referring to is a copy that was reposted, with permission, by a YouTube channel called UFOVNI.

Further research shows the original video was posted on November 17, 2014 on a YouTube account named JPrieto1396. The video shows a dark elliptical shaped object on the horizon, floating above the city. It moves very slowly, moving only a very short distance in the 3 minutes of the video (seen above).

The description reads (translated by Google translate):

A rather strange object appears several days after a hailstorm in the city of Medellin, climate change this week was very quick, rainy and cloudy days sunny and dry. Did alien beings deal with these changes? Are we ready for the truth?

The description included in the same video reposted by UFOVNI says the video was received by J. Prieto on November 16. UFOVNI alleges the video was given to Prieto by his uncle who filmed the video. Although, UFOVNI’s request to repost the video can be seen in the comments of the original video, the information UFOVNI shared in the description was not part of their conversation. It is unknown where that information came from. It is possible it is from a private conversation.

According to The Epoch Times, another UFO website claimed the same object was spotted near Atanasio Girardot soccer stadium, also in Medellin, just before the national championship. The video (seen below) that is referenced does show a similar object floating in the air. It was added to YouTube on May 25, 2014 by an account named Lucio Rodriguez. However, there is no description. The title in English reads, “UFO in Medellin,” but it is unknown where this UFO website got their information as to its exact location.

In both cases, UFO researchers told Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post that they believe the object was probably a marketing balloon. Marc Dantonio, a photo analyst for the Mutual UFO Network said, “I think I know immediately what we are looking at.”

He continued:

In my opinion, this is a public relations unmanned helium balloon that is tethered and is 18 feet in diameter. I know the dimensions because I know the balloon itself… Various companies sell and rent them for publicity. In one video, you are told it is flying near Atanasio Girardot Stadium right before a big final matchup soccer game. It stands to reason that flying it for a publicity stunt before a major match makes sense. It is a UFO shape and these have been sold and rented for several years now.

Ben Hansen, who hosted the Syfy Channel’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, agrees with Dantonio. He told Speigel:

The amount of zoom required to get this object to fill the frame in any significant detail tells me that it’s probably flying farther away than just a few city blocks. The most recent video of the UFO flying partly over the forest goes in and out of focus frequently, and at times it seems to disappear. It could simply be that the camera’s autofocus was unable to hold a sharp image of the object at such a distance and with the trees in the closer foreground to throw it off even further.

Hansen actually used a very similar balloon in an episode of Faked or Faked to create fake UFO.

Ben Hansen with UFO shaped balloon from Fact or Faked. (Credit: Ben Hansen)

Ben Hansen with UFO shaped balloon from Fact or Faked. (Credit: Ben Hansen)

“You can buy them as big as 20 feet in diameter,” he told Huffington Post. “When they get loose, the wind tosses them wildly and they tumble end-over-end through the air. The other thing that often happens is the weight of the tether and wind can make the balloon collapse on itself and it scoots along the ground knocking over children and smaller TV co-hosts. This occurred behind the scenes in our filming.”

Another video referred to by the Huffington Post is a star shaped UFO video that was allegedly filmed in Medellin on February 2, 2014. However, again that is the date given by a YouTube channel that reposted the original.

The original video (seen below) said it was captured on January 25, 2014. It was posted in two parts on YouTube on February 15, 2014 by Carlos Valderrama with no comments. The title in English reads, “UFO in Medellin 25 January 2014.”

OpenMinds.tv wrote about this video in February of this year. At the time, a man named Nicolas Aguilar posted a picture of a star shaped balloon that was rimmed with lights, the brightest in the center. Aguilar claimed that the balloon is what was filmed in the video. He did not share how he came to this information, but the objects do look very similar.

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Star shaped UFO from Medellin video. (Credit: YouTube/Carlos Valderrama)

Star shaped UFO from Medellin video. (Credit: YouTube/Carlos Valderrama)

So, is Colombia a new UFO hotspot? Perhaps, but it will take more than these videos to convince the more skeptical researchers.

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Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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    Multiple UFO’s at 1:33-1:38. I doubt a UAV or a balloon can move that fast.

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    Michael Lewendon left daughters house in burghfield heading for tilehurst home, early morning between 6.30 to 8.30, as we approached church lane, I glanced out at the trees on my side of the van we was in, there are bad bends in the road at this point, and… my wife screamed out “WATCH OUT” hit brakes just managed to stop before going in ditch on my left, ” what’s wrong with you ” she said by this time I was looking straight ahead afraid to look again without her confirmation, “have a look out my side window.
    ,What does it look like ” I said ” a spaceship” was her answer drove the van up the road a bit to get a better look, stopped the van and I got out of it to get a better view, WOW PHEW from being scared to death one minute to amazement in heart if that’s the feeling, felt privileged, felt as if I was gifted to see such an event, this craft was hovering over a field no more than 50 yards away about 200 feet in the air it was 100–200 yards across 30 yards deep, looked saturn like in shape, had a set of windows running through the middle all different pastel colours, looked as if they were flashing but maybe it was the rushing clouds inside the craft that gave this impression, the clouds were all small but were different shades, and they looked as if they were thundery, rushing through the ship, It was at this point I decided to tell myself to remember every detail as I was seeing something that was going to get investigated and my information could be of great significance we watch it for about five minutes no more, the ship moved off in an arc shape to our left going up as it moved, its path took it straight over the atomic research base 500 yards away, then it went parallel to the M4 motorway towards London, here is where we lost sight of the ship, it disappeared out of our sight (to far off to see) I drove up the road 500 yards and parked the van to see it there was any thing that I could add to this ufo sighting, YES the weather it was a bright morning don’t think I saw the sun up yet but it was bright morning the best sky i’ve ever seen all light blue not a cloud in the sky anywhere, none not even a planes energy trail nothing. But there was two other objects in the sky, the moon looking like this ( in shape although tilted more, under this moon I saw a star shining as bright as any flickering quite large for a star I thought maybe its the space station, the star or space station was just below it.
    about a quarter of an inch between your fingers looking up at it, remembering all the events of that day was going to be easy, or so I thought, we told our family first about the sighting and some were sceptic and others laughed, three days later there was a news article asking if anyone had seen any ufos lately, I was expecting the press to be full of this sighting but there was none, it was then I felt as if we were being tested for our integrity or our ability to be trusted weird feeling, did nothing about it for 4 years or so, something triggered off my wondering why?
    Started reading up about ufo sighting and people near where I live who I could ask some questions, and I told him all I told you, then he asked me what day it was? forgot the date? couldn t remember the date? for over two years couldn’t nail down the date? nightmare? then the other week I ask my wife to see when our passports run out? keeps them in a draw with other things birth certificates, insurance, etc, she came down the stairs with a piece of paper torn off dated 11th september 2004 and she had written on it SPACEDAY, brilliant as so I thought, easy now to find evidence? EVIDENCE OF THE SPACESHIP? So easy, no chance,
    (1) M4 motorway cams must have recorded it, the traffic police, and the BBC, have access to these road cams, no reply?
    (2) weather photos of that morning sky again BBC and weather stations have this evidence no reply?
    (3) Google earth must have evidence of the spaceship that day where is it? no reply?
    (4) M.O.D Base has twenty or more cameras that could have recorded its flight?
    Researchers the police, google earth, weather cam sites, mod, all got this evidence?
    can’t believe there’s no evidence other than our sighting? over ten years ago now, and have looked every day in my email in box for a google ufo report that resembles our spaceship? nothing, the size makes most people look sideways, bigger than wembley stadium, could have hit it with a catapult, watched it for 5-7 minutes, followed it up the road half a mile,spoke to weather buffs about the rushing clouds being the energy the ship used as its power,and was told how would the world react to a free clean energy over night? a question once answered, fulminology will be used across the globe until then the video evidence,will be kept away from the masses,no reports of this energy will ever be published by any media,television,etc, a website called Panacea-BOCAF has strong views of how the masses have been suppressed regarding inventions etc, recommend this site to anyone who has doubts about our technology capabilities
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    Michael Lewendon put the guys from the MOD that morning that were in charge of monitoring the security cameras on a lie detector test, and their superiors, ask them how big the spaceship was, ask them where the video/cam evidence is now, we watched and followed this spaceship for over 5 minutes, over twenty cameras would have picked up what we saw, the ship was huge, bigger than Wembley stadium,national security threat, unless they knew all about it? check out the weather photos that morning in that area? check out the cameras on the M4 that morning, went straight passed them? check out the cameras on top of weather centre in Shinfield they also would have caught the ship? these places I know of, what about the places I dont know? you UFO buffs must know where this would have shown up elsewhere?rays?vibrations? etc, believe me this evidence is out there being suppressed for one reason or another,

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