Over the weekend, Chicago residents thought they witnessed UFOs slowly moving in the sky above the Windy City's South Side.
Nicole Dragozetich was driving along 35th Street and Western Avenue around 8 p.m. on Saturday when she saw nearly a dozen people looking up at the sky.
When she then spotted a line of orange-colored blinking lights moving in the sky, Dragozetich caught them on her cellphone camera, WLS-TV reports.
One person on the video can be heard saying, "They came from Roswell," a reference to the famous 1947 crash of an alleged alien craft in Roswell, N.M. But these UFOs quickly turned into IFOs (identified flying objects).
Renee Hutchinson, founder and president of the Baby James Foundation -- which fights for strict child abuse laws -- said the mystery nighttime lights were, in fact, sky lanterns released in the air in memory of abuse victims.
"You light the bottom of them and they heat up, and as they heat up, they fill up like hot air balloons and they go into the sky," Hutchinson said.
As part of an annual anti-child-abuse rally Saturday night in Chicago, the sky lanterns "in honor of the angels" were released at 7:30 p.m.
Hutchinson explained that this was an unusual way to get attention for her ongoing cause.
And it certainly did the trick.
Read more at WLS-TV.
Are you following AOL Weird News on Facebook and Twitter?