Sky Lanterns Fly Over Gilbert and Phoenix on Christmas Eve -- Even if Illegal

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Are you a sky-lantern pilot?

The flying bags of flame are illegal in cities like Gilbert and Phoenix -- not that city ordinances stopped the lanterns that flew over those cities on Christmas Eve.

We were scouting for Christmas lights near Guadalupe and Alma School roads about 7 p.m. Tuesday when we noticed a chain of glowing "UFOs" rising hundreds of feet. After the initial "What the hell is that?" sensation, we realized the orbs were Chinese sky lanterns popularized recently in the 2010 Disney flick Tangled.

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