Florida rocket launch prompts UFO calls

Published On: Aug 09 2013 07:10:54 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2013 08:09:28 AM EDT

An event in Central Florida prompts reports of UFO sightings.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

A mysterious sight in the sky prompted numerous reports of UFOs, and the cause of the sightings took place in Central Florida.

The Air Force says it received reports Wednesday night from Jacksonville to the Florida Keys about a weird, bluish cloud.

Many residents also called the National UFO Reporting Center.

Scientists say, however, that the sighting was not a UFO but instead was caused by exhaust fumes from a Delta IV rocket.  During the launch, ice crystals formed in the sky, causing the confusion, scientists say.

The same phenomenon occurred in South Florida in 2009 after a shuttle launch.

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