MORRISTOWN WABC — The mystery of red lights that appeared in the sky over New Jersey a few months ago has now been solved. Two men have come forward to say they behind the lights that sparked 911 calls. They even videotaped themselves doing it. “Here we have five flares and five weather balloons, about to do our little hoax and see if we can get some attention here,” Chris Russo said on the tape. On three different nights, Russo, a salesman, and science teacher Joe Rudy took elaborate measurers to launch helium-filled balloons with flares into the sky above Morristown. They called it a social experiment on how to create your own media event surrounding UFO sightings.
Pair charged in UFO hoax – 4/02/09 – New York News and Tri-State News – 7online.com