Residents of West Devon in southwest England were thrown into panic on the night of Tuesday, September 20 following reports of alleged extraterrestrial activity in the skies over the area. Hundreds of residents reported sighting strange crafts flying in the air, with flashes of light that sparked fears of alien attack and invasion.
According to the Torquay Herald Express, police said they received countless 999 calls on Tuesday from alarmed residents reporting strange UFO and alien activity in the skies over Dartmoor.
Police struggled to handle a sudden flood of emergency calls at about 9 p.m. local time. Scared residents described seeing strange "floating lights" and flashes in the sky that persisted for minutes.
A spokesperson for the HM Coastguard also reported that they received several calls on Tuesday night about bright flashes and strange lights hovering in the night sky.
Amateur footage (see above) taken over West Devon by Tanya Davis, 43, and her daughter Charlee, 15, shows strange bright lights hovering in dark skies for a few minutes before moving away, according to Express.
Tanya responded to suggestions that the light could have come from a drone, saying the craft was "too big" and "too silent" to have been a drone.
Tanya said she and her daughter were scared. They called Exeter Airport in East Devon, hoping that officials would be able to explain the sighting, but they were also puzzled.
Media reports about the sightings sparked interest. UFO enthusiasts and tourists were preparing to move to the area to witness the strange activity when police authorities in Devon and Cornwall issued a statement denying rumors that West Devon was under attack by an alien invasion fleet.
A police spokesperson took to Twitter on Tuesday, calling for calm and saying that the Dartmoor area was not under attack by an extraterrestrial force. According to the police spokesperson, Resource Deployment and Enhanced Crisis Communication Officer Gary, the strange sightings over the area was the military conducting training exercises.
"I can confirm there are no #UFOs over #Okehampton. @BritishArmy have an exercise ongoing with flares.. Countless 999 calls now... #WordsFail."