Mysterious lights were Chinese lanterns released at funeral - WKRN News 2

Mysterious lights were Chinese lanterns released at funeral

Posted: Updated: Feb 14, 2014 6:25 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Mysterious blinking lights seen over the Hermitage area last week were in fact Chinese lanterns released in honor of a man's life.

The lanterns, about 50 of them, were released from Hermitage Memorial Gardens following Lee Gaines' funeral service on the evening of February 6.

Numerous people reported images moving through the Hermitage sky the same night.

Some of them took video and at least one called 911 wondering what the lights were.

A close friend told News 2 Friday Lee, who died suddenly on January 30, loved pulling pranks on people and would've gotten a chuckle out of all the commotion he caused. 
 
Gaines' widow Amy said seeing News 2's story about the "mysterious lights" was uplifting for her family.

She added Lee would've enjoyed the idea that people thought the lanterns were mysterious.

"He's up there now probably laughing at the whole thing," she told News 2.

Hermitage Memorial Gardens said the release of the sky lanterns last week was probably its largest ever.

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