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Press Release

The following taken from the Daily Record -


Prosecutor: Disorderly conduct charges for UFO pranksters


A pair of Whippany Park HS alumni that said they staged a UFO hoax involving road flares and balloons earlier this year will be charged with disorderly conduct, Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said at a press conference tonight.

The offense is non-indictable and punishable by fine.

Chris Russo, 29, of Morris Plains, and Joe Rudy, 28, of Chester Township, came forward on Thursday and admitted to the hoax. They also posted videos online demonstrating how they used flares and balloons, launching them to create the illusion of red-lighted UFOs hovering over Morris County five times in January and February.

The mysterious lights made headlines across the U.S.

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