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UFO over forest fire: Canadian news crew captures UFO on video

A Canadian news crew has captured on video what appears to be a UFO, or at least a quick-moving glowing object in the skies over British Columbia. They inadvertently did so while reporting on a forest fire in the region.

Huffington Post reported Aug. 17 that a UFO was detected in the western Canada forest fire footage of a news crew's video that had been posted to Castanet.com. Now, that video had been there since mid-July, but it took the observant eyes of a viewer to notice the fast-flying object about half-a-minute into the video clip.

In the footage (see video above) the object appears for only a couple of seconds, shooting out from a cloud at the video's left and moving quickly across the sky before disappearing.

The viewer, according to an account posted to Castanet.com, simply wondered whether or not the steaking bit of brilliance was a UFO. The viewer also noted that, when attempting to follow up on the observation, his request for the full footage shot at the Smith Creek forest fire site in West Kelowna, which is 225 miles north of Vancouver, was denied. The viewer jokingly noted that perhaps labeling the object in the video a "UFO" might not have been the best idea when making the request.

But was the object a UFO or something far less mysterious?

Marc Dantonio, chief photo and video analyst for MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network), was asked by Open Minds TV to study the image shooting across the sky in the video. He said it looked less like a UFO than it did a bolide, which is a meteor/meteorite of the fireball variety. This particular bolide, he said, seemed to be an "Earth-grazer, a meteor that approaches the atmosphere at a shallow angle, and continues on, skipping off the atmosphere back into space."

He continued: "Some of them will slow down enough to become trapped and fall to Earth but they many times just skip on off and keep going. This one does indeed show a vapor trail as it moves through, it DOES come out from behind the cloud, and it moves at a speed completely consistent with Earth-grazers."

An example of the type of bolide that becomes "trapped" passed into the Earth's atmosphere last February, lighting up the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia. That particular bolide had been an undetected meteor or asteroid that flew out of a "blind spot" from the direction of the Sun. It exploded over the large Russian city with a blast equal to 60 times the nuclear blast that destroyed Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The meteor, which reportedly shown 30 times brighter than the sun, also cut a blazing trail across the sky caught on dozens of video cams around the area. The airburst did millions of dollars in damages to the city, shook the surrounding countryside with a shockwave that knocked out hundreds of windows, knocked people off their feet, and sent over 1,500 people to the hospital.