Twitter users on Sunday had a field day cracking jokes as they shared the news of spotting of a strange flying object in the Uttar Pradesh sky being mistaken for an "alien" by the cops.
Anxiety gripped locals in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida on Saturday as they noticed the object in the sky that later turned out to be an 'Iron Man' shaped balloon filled with air.
The object was spotted in the sky in the Dankaur area in the morning and later landed in a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village, where a crowd had gathered to see what some of them thought was "an alien", officials said.
A UP Police official said a major reason behind the anxiety among people was the unusual shape of the balloon.
"It was a balloon filled with air that had gone up in the sky and later came down and got stuck in the bushes along the canal. A part of the balloon was touching the flowing water in the canal which had led the balloon to shake a little. Unbeknown to the spectators, this made for an anxious watch," Dankaur SHO Anil Kumar Pandey told was quoted by PTI.
"It was shaped like the Iron Man (fictional superhero character) given its colour and design. This was an unusual sight so some people even thought it was an alien, or something like that, and were apprehensive," Pandey said.
The official said the balloon was fished out around noon and apparently it came down because it was losing its gas.
There was nothing harmful in the object but it was yet to be ascertained who floated it in the air, he added.