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why are there two weather balloons in my yard?

 
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why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
They're both white. Maybe 3 ft tall. Cheap material, almost like crepe paper, but not exactly. Then on the bottom there is a wire circle around the base, and then wire along the base that makes a cross. In the middle of the cross, it looks like some square shaped material thats been burned.

Anyway. Who did this? Can people buy this stuff and shoot them up on their own? Or was it a local weather agency?

Why do they do it?

What should I do with it?
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11/17/2012 12:50 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
At first I thought it was a filter or something, maybe it is? I don't know. I checked weather balloons on google images. Those all look like actual balloons. This doesn't exactly.

I'll go photograph it. Brb.
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11/17/2012 12:52 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
Oh NOOOOOO ! Chinese ballistic lanterns !
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
They are not weather balloons, they are UFOs. You must not mention this find to anybody.
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11/17/2012 12:54 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
They're both white. Maybe 3 ft tall. Cheap material, almost like crepe paper, but not exactly. Then on the bottom there is a wire circle around the base, and then wire along the base that makes a cross. In the middle of the cross, it looks like some square shaped material thats been burned.

Anyway. Who did this? Can people buy this stuff and shoot them up on their own? Or was it a local weather agency?

Why do they do it?

What should I do with it?
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Maybe they're spying on you.
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11/17/2012 12:54 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
At first I thought it was a filter or something, maybe it is? I don't know. I checked weather balloons on google images. Those all look like actual balloons. This doesn't exactly.

I'll go photograph it. Brb.
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no pics?
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11/17/2012 12:56 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
"ufo simulators". prankster devices used to get chuckles when folks call in ufo sightings. basically hotair balloons. the burnt square is where the fuel tabs were set alight. there are 2 there because they launched 2 at the same time, and they followed the same path. they used to sell that kind of stuff in comic book ads (though not as "ufo simulators"), probably still do.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
I bet there were some UFO reports close by.

Last Edited by SLIPPERY NIPPPS on 11/17/2012 01:02 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
Which upload service can i use to post links of the pics back here? I know some might get me banned?
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
[link to www.balloonexplorium.org]


a home made hotair balloon page
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Which upload service can i use to post links of the pics back here? I know some might get me banned?
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postimage.org
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11/17/2012 01:11 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
It's an omen the stock market balloon is gonna burst-- jk ;-)
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11/17/2012 01:17 PM
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Which upload service can i use to post links of the pics back here? I know some might get me banned?
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postimage.org
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Thank you.
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11/17/2012 01:26 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
two balloons: [link to postimage.org]

Sorry not a great picture. Tried to get the base too but that one wont upload.
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11/17/2012 01:28 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
"ufo simulators". prankster devices used to get chuckles when folks call in ufo sightings. basically hotair balloons. the burnt square is where the fuel tabs were set alight. there are 2 there because they launched 2 at the same time, and they followed the same path. they used to sell that kind of stuff in comic book ads (though not as "ufo simulators"), probably still do.
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I think you're right. Damn kids. Thought maybe local weather service people did it too though.

I'm the OP by the way. I don't know why my user id changed.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
before touching them, ensure there is no swamp gas in them!

that'll really flare yer lens!
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11/17/2012 01:34 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
before touching them, ensure there is no swamp gas in them!

that'll really flare yer lens!
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lol, nope. Just kinda blackened on the inside. A bit stinky.

See the photo a couple posts above.
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11/17/2012 01:37 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
What are the odds of two falling into your yard.
Strange.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
"ufo simulators". prankster devices used to get chuckles when folks call in ufo sightings. basically hotair balloons. the burnt square is where the fuel tabs were set alight. there are 2 there because they launched 2 at the same time, and they followed the same path. they used to sell that kind of stuff in comic book ads (though not as "ufo simulators"), probably still do.
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I think you're right. Damn kids. Thought maybe local weather service people did it too though.

I'm the OP by the way. I don't know why my user id changed.
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could just be deviant adults, lol. the "not quite crepe paper" is probably silk span, a hobbyist paper used for making dope and balsa airplanes. weather balloons are always helium lift, not hot air. just your description told me what they were, pretty much pictured what the photo showed. the funny part is they could have been launched up to 50 miles away, or right up the block, no way to know for sure. if you know a local cop, ask about ufo reports last night (preferably after telling them about your balloons, so you dont end up in a loony file, lol). they seem harmless enough, but one crashing while still having unburnt fuel can actually spark brush fires, set rotten old shacks alight, etc.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
They're both white. Maybe 3 ft tall. Cheap material, almost like crepe paper, but not exactly. Then on the bottom there is a wire circle around the base, and then wire along the base that makes a cross. In the middle of the cross, it looks like some square shaped material thats been burned.

Anyway. Who did this? Can people buy this stuff and shoot them up on their own? Or was it a local weather agency?

Why do they do it?

What should I do with it?
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AND SO what's the big deal or are you pissed they're in your yard?

Certainly no reason to freak out! If they have a payload give it to the police if not throw them away SIMPLE!
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
What are the odds of two falling into your yard.
Strange.
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simultaneous launch, simultaneous course. the joys of hot air ballooning. the montgolfier brothers would be proud, lol
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
two balloons: [link to postimage.org]

Sorry not a great picture. Tried to get the base too but that one wont upload.
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They definitely seem to be of extra terrestrial origin to me. Best contact your local government agency. Quietly.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
lol... they're Chinese lanterns and if they were lit and released at the same time, they would probably land in the same place.

[link to www.nightskylanterns.co.uk]
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
You are all just playing along right?

Last Edited by Ladydoom on 11/17/2012 01:57 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
two balloons: [link to postimage.org]

Sorry not a great picture. Tried to get the base too but that one wont upload.
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They definitely seem to be of extra terrestrial origin to me. Best contact your local government agency. Quietly.
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hahahahahahahaaaaa
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11/17/2012 02:05 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
Sorry, we had to stash them somewhere in a hurry. We knew that you were a safe bet. We'll be back to get them asap. I am disappointed though, that you came on here and announced that you have them.

It could put you in great danger. They'll be gone by morning.
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11/17/2012 02:09 PM
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
Theres one in a neighboring tree. Real high up.
Sucks for that guy.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
"ufo simulators". prankster devices used to get chuckles when folks call in ufo sightings. basically hotair balloons. the burnt square is where the fuel tabs were set alight. there are 2 there because they launched 2 at the same time, and they followed the same path. they used to sell that kind of stuff in comic book ads (though not as "ufo simulators"), probably still do.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1526835


I think you're right. Damn kids. Thought maybe local weather service people did it too though.

I'm the OP by the way. I don't know why my user id changed.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27945294


could just be deviant adults, lol. the "not quite crepe paper" is probably silk span, a hobbyist paper used for making dope and balsa airplanes. weather balloons are always helium lift, not hot air. just your description told me what they were, pretty much pictured what the photo showed. the funny part is they could have been launched up to 50 miles away, or right up the block, no way to know for sure. if you know a local cop, ask about ufo reports last night (preferably after telling them about your balloons, so you dont end up in a loony file, lol). they seem harmless enough, but one crashing while still having unburnt fuel can actually spark brush fires, set rotten old shacks alight, etc.
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Not gonna contact the authoritys. But yea theres one in my neighbors tree. Didn't spark a fire. But thanks I was wondering if they could potentially start a fire. Thank God it didn't.
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Re: why are there two weather balloons in my yard?
lol... they're Chinese lanterns and if they were lit and released at the same time, they would probably land in the same place.

[link to www.nightskylanterns.co.uk]
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Thanks! Looks just like it, except that its white.

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