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New York City UFO Sighting? Mystery Object Provokes Rash Of Internet Speculation [UPDATED]

New Yorkers are certainly a savvy bunch, which is why it's surprising that there is a lot of chatter on Twitter right now about an alleged UFO sighting in the city. While there's been no documentation, it hasn't stopped thousands of twitterers from postulating. This website claims all the hooplah is in reference to a retired NORAD general predicting a UFO visit on October 13, 2010.

Retired Air Force Officer Stanley A. Fulham released the third edition of his 352-page book, Challenges of Change, which suggests that on October 13 there will be "a massive UFO display over the world's principal cities."

A high percentage of web traffic is pointing to this video, posted today, as evidence:

Twitter user jensenmatchett says the UFOs were actually balloons.

HuffPostNY follower JWags confirms seeing "dozens of silver objects hovering over Manhattan from my office at around 1230."

UPDATE: More 'evidence' released.

Video via commenter

UPDATE: The Daily News is reporting on this afternoon's rash of internet speculation:

"It's been hovering there for a while. I'm just kind of baffled," said Joseph Torres, 49, of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, who spotted the object after leaving a movie. "How can it be ordinary? There is something going on."

Despite clear skies, it was not easy to make out the tiny object shimmering overhead..

The Federal Aviation Administration said it received several calls to its operations center but after reviewing radar data, the agency could not find anything out of the ordinary.. "Nothing that we can account for would prompt this kind of response," he said.

ABC7 News reporting on the crowd gathered in Chelsea:

UPDATE: El Mundo just tweeted us an explanation for what appeared to be shiny UFOs in the sky. Their conclusion: balloons from a Times Square event promoting Spanish Tourism.

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