The strange fireballs in the sky above the seaside town Torquay in south England have made residents scratch their heads. Twenty mysterious shining orbs appeared at about 4 pm, as the local outlet Devon Live reports, and onlookers voiced their suspicions and searched for answers on social media.
In total there were 20 ! It lasted 10 -5 minutes. The 4 seen in this video were the last ones appearing at the same time. All others were appearing one by one.— IsaBel Riquelme (@riquelmecairns) December 9, 2019
I will upload more videos shortly #torquay #strange #lightsInSky #9-12-2020 https://t.co/cWbfE2uTyA
The word “aliens” inevitably popped up in the online debate.
“Spice aliens”, one of the commenters jokingly noted, while another suggested: “The new war of the worlds movie”.
Others hinted that the timing was no coincidence, as Christmas is around the corner.
“I saw them 5 of Santa’s elves”, one joked.
However, the show did not remain a mystery for long– and the truth was less thrilling than a space invasion or Father Christmas dropping by the resort ahead of the busy festive season.
HM Coastguard confirmed a suspicion voiced by many commenters online that it was flares during a training session for new recruits that took a little more time than they expected.