By Lee Speigel

Odd, lights glowing and flickering in the early morning sky above Cape Coral on Jan. 27 had many Florida residents reporting possible UFOs to their local NBC affiliate.

"They were small lights that hovered over the water...and then they disappeared," Pete Maccio told the TV station.

Nearly a week later, nobody is quite sure what they saw.

Cape Coral, located on the Gulf of Mexico side of The Sunshine State, is known for having more miles of canals than any other city in the world. Now it's also known for UFOs.

Theories on what the unusual lights might be range from water reflections in the sky to aliens to another more probable explanation, and one very often mistaken for UFOs: sky lanterns.

"We reached out to the MUFON organization, the Mutual UFO Network, which tracks suspicious spottings," NBC-2's Steve Campion reported.

"They told us many of the recent reports filed with them across the state could be explained by a sky lantern. The increasingly popular contraption uses hot air to float high into the sky," he said.

In November, FOX-4, WFTX-TV, received several phone calls from eyewitnesses who saw unexplained lights over Cape Coral. One person said, "They were actually those Chinese lanterns you light up like a balloon and it floats up and then when they go out, they fall to the ground. That's exactly what they were."

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