It's been a while since New York had a good UFO panic. Today, New Yorkers were frozen in their tracks by what must have been a swarm of aliens searching for the most expensive cigarettes in the Universe. (Or balloons.)

According to the Daily News

A mysterious shiny object floating high over Manhattan's West Side set off a flurry of reports and wild speculation Wednesday that a UFO was flying over the city.

Police and the FAA said they began getting flooded with calls starting at 1:30 p.m. from people reporting a silvery object hovering high over Chelsea.

But then the video the Daily News embeds in their article actually shows a bunch of things that look very much like balloons. (NYPD thinks they're balloons, too.) And in Twitter user Evrybdyhateslex's video, you can't see anything, although his running commentary makes up for the lack of visuals:

"I don't know if this is the last day on Earth. But I'm still living—I'm happy about that. I'm still working. Better not die today, yo."

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I don't know if this is the last day on Earth, but let me spend it uploading videos to my Twitter account.