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Uttar Pradesh: Mistaken for an alien, Iron Man balloon creates panic in Greater Noida

09:30 AM Oct 18, 2020 | PTI

We all have a fascination for aliens and UFOs, however, anxiety gripped locals in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida on Saturday as they noticed a strange flying object in the sky. The object later turned out to be an 'Ironman' shaped balloon filled with air.

The object was spotted in the sky in the Dankaur area in Greater Noida in the morning and later landed in a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village, where a crowd had gathered to see what some of them thought was "an alien", officials said.

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"It was a balloon filled with air that had gone up in the sky and later came down and got stuck in the bushes along the canal. A part of the balloon was touching the flowing water in the canal which had led the balloon to shake a little. Unbeknown to the spectators, this made for an anxious watch," Dankaur SHO Anil Kumar Pandey told PTI.

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He said a major reason behind the anxiety among people was the unusual shape of the balloon.

"It was shaped like the Ironman (fictional superhero character) given its colour and design. This was an unusual sight so some people even thought it was an alien, or something like that, and were apprehensive," Pandey said.

The official said the balloon was fished out around noon and apparently it came down because it was losing its gas.

There was nothing harmful in the object but it was yet to be ascertained who floated it in the air, he added.

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