Town centre brought to a halt by UFOsMore than 100 people had a close encounter of the X-Files kind when they saw five unexplained flying objects hovering over a town centre.
Dozens of people spilled out of a pub to watch the spectacle – with one likening it to the Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day.
The UFOs lit up the otherwise clear night's sky above William Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon- Avon in Warwickshire.
Tom Hawkes, 30, took pictures from outside the One Elm pub.
He said: 'Three had formed a triangular shape and one was to the right.
Then another one came hurtling towards the rest at what looked like a very fast speed.
'But as it neared them it suddenly slowed and stopped altogether.
'The objects were there for about half an hour. It was very eerie because they didn't make any sound and they stayed still before moving slowly beyond the horizon.
'It was the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen and the way in which everyone gathered in the street to watch them reminded me of a scene from Independence Day.'
Chef Kern Griffiths, 26, said: 'I saw five lights. We all thought they were hot-air balloons at first because the glowing spheres looked like a burst of flames.
'But I couldn't see any outline of the balloon itself and they were travelling far too fast. They were unlike any aircraft I've seen.'
Military chiefs and airports denied responsibility for the lights, which appeared on Saturday.
Hillary Potter, from the British Earth Aerial Mystery Society, said it was rare for such phenomena to be witnessed by so many people.
'Such incidents have been on the increase recently,' she added. 'There are reports at the moment coming in from all over the country.'