Summary: Dozens of people in the South American country of Suriname have reported seeing an unidentified flying object near its capital, police and military officials said.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) -- Dozens of people in the South American country of Suriname have reported seeing an unidentified flying object near its capital, police and military officials said.
Police, military and air traffic control officials said they received reports of a brightly lit white object that appeared to fly back and forth, sometimes at great speed, during a two-hour period Wednesday morning.
Local media also broadcast reports of the alleged sightings on the southern outskirts of the capital, and most television stations broadcast images of the object.
Surinamese Air Force Officer Tony Comvalius said there were no planes in the area at the time and he confirmed with the weather service that it was not a weather balloon. He said he also saw the object.
"I don't know what it was but was definitely not a flying object I know," Comvalius said.
Not everyone was convinced that the sighting was mysterious.
"I do not believe in UFOs. I think this sighting had something to do with some kind of scientific experiment, nothing more," said Sran Herewood, a 60-year-old civil servant.