Confusion reigned in Norway and indeed across the globe as an eerie spiralling blue light behind a mountain in Tromso led to alien enthusiasts heralding a new arrival.
Hundreds of UFO sightings were reported in the wake of the latest failure in test-firing a Russian missile. The turquoise glow rose into the sky in northern Norway before falling in a spectacular descent accompanied by green beams of light in a display that lasted for nearly ten minutes.
Norwegian meteorological officers were inundated with calls from confused and curious locals.
Russian authorities later confirmed that the aliens were in fact failed military hardware after initially refusing to comment on the incident. The missile was launched from a submarine in the early hours of the 9th December and is believed to be the seventh failure from twelve test launches.
“At least this failed test made some nice fireworks for the Norwegians,” said leading defence expert Pavel Felgenhauer who added that the public malfunction was actually highly embarrassing.
The claim that the event was a failed missile launch was dismissed by The Share International Foundation which instead claimed that the light display was a signal that the World Teacher Maitreya would soon be making his first appearance…for an interview on US television.