By Jordan Heller
MANHATTAN — Like a scene out of a blockbuster science fiction movie, crowds of New Yorkers stood motionless on sidewalks in Chelsea on Wednesday, staring up at the sky at what some believed was a cluster of UFOs, according to several published reports.
About a dozen silvery, balloon-like objects were spotted by several witnesses floating over W. 23rd Street around 1:30 p.m., the New York Post reported.
"It's pandemonium 2010 right now," he said. "There are UFOs flying above the city.... Before there was only one, now there's like four. I'm freaked out."
The FAA was flooded with phone calls about the mysterious flying objects but after reviewing radar data, the agency reported nothing out of the ordinary, reported the Daily News.
"Some people saw something described as yellow with blue lights surrounding it," FAA spokesman Jim Peters told the Post.
Some witnesses believed it was just a weather balloon, while others thought they were watching a UFO.
"There was something weird about it," witness Pete Bryant, 32, told the Post. "Light just doesn't reflect off balloons like that."
While no official explanation has been given for the mysterious sighting, Bryant thought it was fitting for a UFO to be seen in the Big Apple.
"If Martians were to land anywhere, New York is a much better location than some backwoods town in the Midwest."