updated 5/29/2008 9:50:37 AM ET 2008-05-29T13:50:37

A creative marriage proposal triggered a UFO scare, German police said on Thursday.

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Several people alerted authorities after spotting unusual lights drifting across the sky above the sleepy Bavarian town of Plattling on Wednesday night.

A police patrol was dispatched but officers found no sign of unusual visitors.

Instead, they tracked down a 29-year-old man who had just proposed to his girlfriend.

He had accompanied his proposal by releasing 50 paper lanterns that glowed in the night. Police revealed the 27-year-old woman said "Yes."

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