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“UFO” on N.J. has a simple explanation. (Don’t call Mulder and Scully.)



It wasn’t a bird, it wasn’t a plane, and it definitely wasn’t Superman.

It also wasn’t a UFO.

But that didn’t stop some from thinking the aliens decided to visit North Jersey on Monday night.

People in Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties were quite captivated by a flying spheroid with a bright bottom that they stopped on the side of the road to take videos.

“I can̵

7;t believe it,” said one woman in a video recorded near Route 21.

“Hey, it’s a UFO, right?” a man asked in a clip.

“Yup!!” exclaimed a woman.

A bluish light was visible on the underside of the object, while a small red light pulsed above.

“Look, the whole road is fucking still,” one man said in another video. “There’s a fucking flying spaceship.”

Warning: The following videos contain profanity.

On closer inspection, the object was none other than a Goodyear airship, flying over a Giants game at MetLife Stadium. The company logo was clearly visible in the videos recorded closer to the stadium.

The tire company’s airship was positioned at the East Rutherford location when the Giants lost to the Steelers, 26-16, in their opener at home.

However, those who were far enough away to mistake the airship for something else worked with the whole UFO thing, assuming this was just the latest development in a disastrous 2020. After all, we’ve just heard about possible life on Venus.

At least for one night, New Jersey had become something like the movie “Independence Day,” infusing social media with what amounted to a diversion from heavier issues like the pandemic and wildfires in the West.

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Amy Kuperinsky can be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com. Submit a coronavirus tip Here.


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