Villagers Taken Aback By Strange 'Ball Of Fire'

| by Allison Geller

Officials are investigating a UFO sighting reported by residents on a rural village in northeast China.

Residents of villages in the Heilongjiang province reported that three UFOs fell out of the sky on Friday morning, according Chinese-language China News Service.

"Villagers heard...a huge piercing sound, and then some villagers saw a big fireball,” the news source reports.

The Huffington Post posted a video of the circular, metallic objects, which were spotted by people in two counties before eventually making landfall in a vegetable garden.

"I saw a huge ball of fire, I thought it was a meteorite," one villager described, according to "I hid inside my house and waited until the object...landed."

The mysterious objects were described by news sources as metal spheres “about 2-and-a-half-feet wide and weighing nearly 90 pounds” and  "surrounded by jagged edges and burn marks."

Officials are, of course, searching for a non-alien explanation. According to, the official English-language website of China News Service, a Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a communications satellite burned up in the earth’s atmosphere Friday morning after its engine failed post-launch.

Chinese media has theorized that unburned pieces of the rocket may have landed on the ground in China.

h/t Huffington Post