A '"UFO" got a police escort last week when it roamed the streets of Ireland, but the rolling saucer wasn't from outer space. It was made right here on Earth.
Ali Kemal Ali, 53, told the Belfast Telegraph he initially completed the craft as part of a visual arts course he was taking. The saucer later became the centerpiece of an Irish art exhibition called Third Space Pop Art Show.
Ali said he wanted more people to see his creation.
"I thought, 'How can I attract a bit more interest?'" he recalled. "I thought, 'I'll go and ask the guards,'" Ali said, referring to the Garda, the Irish civilian police force. "I asked, 'Can they give me a police escort with my UFO?' They loved it."
The fiberglass flying saucer reportedly runs on two electric scooters and is complete with a strobe light, laser, smoke machine and a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low bass frequencies that sound out of this world.
Video of the craft's journey taken by onlookers shows the saucer even made its way through a neighborhood park.
"How often do you go into a police station and ask for something like this? It's always doom and gloom," Ali added. "They saw the funny side of it."
Ali posted a video of the saucer’s police escort, which now has almost a million views on Facebook.