A Strange Light

The Atlanta Constitution de Atlanta (Georgie), Monday, June 16, 1890

Last night a mysterious light was observed by many citizens passing over Atlanta from the western to the eastern horizon. It appeared about the size of the gas-jet flame, and beamed brightly, even in the clouds that obscured the horizon.

No one knew what it was, but the general belief was that it was a toy balloon carrying a candle. It created a small sensation as it slowly passed over the city and went down in the western suburbs.