- Source - Canarias 24 Horas
- TENERIFE - A number of phone
calls have been received by this newsroom from the Tacoronte sector in
northern Tenerife, reporting - not without a degree of nervousness - sightings
of strange lights on Tuesday evening. Some of the witnesses have spoken
openly of UFOs. Those who claim having witnessed this phenomenon report
that even household appliances have died for a few seconds and others report
seeing static white lights diving into the Tacorontan coast.
- This is hardly the first time that various witnesses
report seeing "strange" things in the sky, moving at high speed
among the stars or emerging from the bottom of the sea.
- According to experts consulted by Canarias24horas.com,
the lights are nothing more than satellites, which give the impression
of being stars despite their rapid movement. The lights entering and exiting
the ocean are interpreted by some as large shooting stars that never reach
the Earth's surface and vanish into the horizon; some reports mentioned
green, blue and red lights - colors proper to a shooting star as it enters
our atmosphere. As far as what was seen on Tuesday, the evidence points
to a series of helicopters which were flying over the area. Two of these
late model aircraft were surveying the coastline between northern Tenerife
and the island of La Palma.
- But what caused the household appliances to fail? The
explanation is a simple one, and appears to be connected to the impending
visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain to the Canaries.
- This isn't the first that the passing of a royal motorcade
on a highway causes all appliances liable to perceive or emit radio
signals to stop working for a few seconds. Refrigerators also shut down.
This effect is produced by devices known as signal inhibitors, which
mask anything that could represent a safety hazard to a head of state. Iceboxes
shut down because they signal inhibitors cannot distinguish between
one appliance and another. Even the Internet is disconnected.
- Could this be the answer to the experiences
of Tacoronte's residents on Tuesday? We can only say that for the Royal
Family's security detail, shutting off devices at a distance is mere
- (translation (c) 2006, S. Corrales, IHU)