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UFO roundup 12/22/1996

 : UFO RoundUp v1n43
                                        UFO ROUNDUP
 Volume 1, Number 43                                     December 22, 1996
 Editor: Masinaigan                                          FREE
      On Tuesday, December 17, 1996, at 6:15 a.m., people living
 in the Pacific Northwest were startled to see "a glowing green
 fireball" approaching from the western horizon.
      An early morning commuter in Maple Valley, Washington,
 east of Seattle, reported that the unusual fireball "came to within
 500 feet" of his car before shooting off in an easterly direction
 towards Wenatchee.
      People living in King and Snohomish counties reported seeing
 the fireball "go down near Richmond Beach" on Puget Sound.
      The King County Sheriff's Department told the Seattle Times
 that they'd received many calls about the fireball from residents
 of Issaquah (population 5,536) and Bellevue (population 74,000).
 Bellevue is located across Lake Washington from Seattle, on
 the eastern shore.  Issaquah is 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the
 southeast of Bellevue, just south of Lake Sammamish.
      The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also received calls
 from Skagit County, Washington and as far south as Tigard,
 Oregon and Salem, Oregon.  (See the Seattle Times for
 December 17, 1996, page 1)
      North of Seattle, in Anacortes, Washington, radio station
 KLKI received 40 phone calls about the fireball.
      Radio stations in Spokane, Washington, which is 280 miles
 (448 kilometers) east of Seattle, also received phone calls from
 eyewitnesses, who claimed the fireball was heading for Idaho.
      North of the border, in Courtenay, British Columbia
 (population 7,800), a man named O'Carrol was scraping the snow
 from his car windshield when, suddenly, the neighboring houses
 began to glow with a feeble green light.  Looking skyward, he saw
 "a huge, flaming, sparking, greenish-blue light ball" that appeared
 to be "throwing off white sparks."  The fireball hurtled toward the
 eastern horizon.  "Several seconds later," O'Carrol said, "there was
 quite a boom, and I thought, 'Wow!  I wonder what that was.'"
      The National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle reportedly said
 "two meteors" were responsible for the sighting.
      Gary Mayer, the FAA duty officer in Renton, Washington, said
 the light was not caused by any aircraft and he "assumed it was a
 meteorite."  Perhaps one of the Geminids.
 (Thanks to Brian D. Zeiler for the Seattle Times article, and thanks
 to Laurie Elmore for the Courtenay, B.C. information.)
 (Editor's Comment:  It's highly unlikely that it was one of the
 Geminid meteors.  That shower ended at 7 p.m. December 14.
 The next meteor shower, the Ursids, was scheduled to begin at
 1 a.m. today, December 22.  It'll be interesting to see if we
 have any more "green fireball" reports this coming week.)
      On Thursday, December 12, Marta Ramirez was walking down
 the street in Simi Valley, California when she spied a UFO.  Here
 is her eyewitness report: "I witnessed a sighting at approximately
 3:30 p.m.  The object was traveling at an unimaginable speed.
 It was heading somewhat in the direction of Malibu.  Two people
 other than myself witnessed it.  The object streaked across the
 sky, then rapidly slowed to a stop.  After maintaining a stationary
 position for a few seconds, it then went straight up and began
 doing zigzag maneuvers for quite a while before shooting off in a
 northeasterly direction.  I was not able to estimate the elevation
 (altitude) of the UFO, but it did not appear to be extremely high up,
 nor was it extremely big.  Sunlight glinted off the top and bottom
 of the craft, which appeared to be a slightly flattened egg shape.
 There was no sound coming from the object that I could hear.
 The object left no contrail, while all the other planes in the sky had
 been leaving contrails."  (Unsolicited Email)
      On Thursday, November 28, 1996, Dr. Sergio Lott Silveira, 36,
 a physician from Sao Paulo, Brazil took off from that city's
 airport in his Orion airplane.  Dr. Lott Silveira was headed west
 to Curitiba for a conference.  Several minutes into the flight, he
 noticed that his plane was being paced by "a luminous object."
 The UFO kept pace with his plane for several minutes before
 zipping away to the north.
      This was the latest incident in the long-running UFO flap in
 the state of Sao Paulo, a flap which began with the UFO crash
 near Varginha, M.G. last January.
      On October 5, 1996, a large cigar-shaped UFO appeared
 over the city of Sorocaba (population 378,000), 110 kilometers
 (66 miles) west of Sao Paulo.  The sighting took place at
 10:25 p.m.  People on the Avenida General Carneiro and the
 Rua 15 de Novembre saw the object passing beneath the clouds
 at an estimated altitude of 800 meters (2,500 feet).  A single-
 engine Tupy airplane passed beneath the UFO at an altitude of
 500 meters (1,500 feet) but apparently did not notice the UFO.
 No electromagnetic effects were reported in conjunction with the
 UFO's appearance.
      The following night, October 6, was rainy with low clouds.
 At 11 p.m., people on the ground saw a huge triangular UFO
 cross the Castelo Branco Highway and pass over downtown
 Sorocaba.  The triangular UFO had "a flourescent-type white
 light that turned on and off in sequence."  The blinking light
 appeared at each corner of the triangle in quick succession.
 The object formed one triangle of bright light.  Then it formed
 a second light triangle.  Seconds later, it disappeared.
 (Many thanks to Brazilian ufologist Sergio Graciotti for the
 Sao Paulo update.)
      On October 19, 1996, a solitary "luminous ball of an
 unusual size" appeared over the village of Val de Reuil in
 northern France.
      On October 23, the same luminous UFO turned up
 over Vire.  The following day, October 24, it appeared over
      On October 22, at 12 noon, there was a mysterious
 sky explosion over Guichainville.  Three hours later, a
 second boom resounded over Eure.
      At Vernon, two booms were reported at 2:05 p.m.  At
 the Lycee (high school) in Vernon, the teens reported a
 shaking in the student lounge.
      Other French towns reporting a mysterious sky boom
 at 3 p.m. that day included Houlbec Cocherel, St. Aubin
 les Elbeuf, Garlon, Louviers, Evereux, Lyons La Foret,
 La Madaleine de Nonencourt, Lery, Gasny, Val de Reuil
 and Notre Dame de la Garenne.
 (Many thanks to Thierry Garnier and the Cercle Ufologique
 de Haute-Normandie for this story.)
      On November 13, 1996, at 6 p.m., ranchers living
 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Salida, Colorado
 (population 4,900) sighted "a large, dazzling ball of light
 moving from north to south."  Witnesses had the UFO
 in view for 4 to 5 seconds.  "Some said it was huge, the
 size of the full moon, and was either white or a rainbow
 color."  The UFO was seen by many people between
 Salida and Chama, New Mexico, on the state line.
 (Many thanks to Tim Edwards for this report.)
      On November 19, 1996, at approximately 10:30 p.m.,
 Robert Liggett was driving on the Garden State Parkway,
 near Exit 90 in Lakewood, New Jersey, when he suddenly
 spotted a bright flash in his windshield.
      "The light itself was pure white," Robert recalled.
 "There was no visible shape, even though the sky was
 very clear."  He estimated that the UFO was "as high as a
 commercial aircraft will fly."
      "If you were to freeze-frame the brightest flash and look
 at its brightness (between) your thumb and pointing finger,
 and measure it that way, you would have a gap between
 those two fingers of at least five inches.  By contrast, an
 actual jetliner with the thumb-and-finger method, the gap
 would be 1/2 of an inch."
      As he watched the UFO, it dropped to "at least 45
 degrees above the horizon.  The trajectory was flat out,
 perfectly straight across the sky."  (Email Interview)
 (Editor's Note: R.L.'s object was at least six times larger
 than a commercial jetliner.  If a jetliner's wingspan is
 155 feet, then the estimated diameter of the UFO would
 be a whopping 930 feet or 310 meters.)
      Alice Springs, a city in central Australia, continues to
 draw UFOs and some unexpected human visitors, as well.
      On Monday, November 25, 1996, at 11:15 p.m., people
 in Alice Springs reported seeing "four intense orange
 fireball lights" flying over the city "before heading in a
 westerly direction."
      On Tuesday night, November 26, the Alice Springs
 police "were able to catch on video a number of lights flying
 in formation across the sky.  These were sighted by
 hundreds of people" who bombarded the central police
 station with phone calls.  According to Glennys M. Mackey
 of Queensland UFO Network (QUFON), "Every now and
 then, one or two lights would leave the formation and fly off
 in different directions at great speed before rejoining the
      The same night, an orange-fireball UFO was spotted
 hovering near the Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap, a short
 distance from Alice Springs.  The JDF is a top-secret
 installation operated by the United States and Australia.
      The following evening, November 27, Alice Springs police
 received several calls of "bright objects bobbing up and down."
 Two police cruisers were dispatched.  One cruiser "came
 across a plastic bag by the side of the road all ready and
 prepared to send off into the sky."
      The second cruiser took a back road out of Alice Springs
 and, out in the bush, "came across a car acting suspiciously.
 Two (American) men were in the car.  He (the constable) asked
 what they were doing.  Searching the car, the cop found
 'balloon-making equipment.'  The cop asked them to
 accompany him back to the station...He also demanded to see
 (some) I.D.  The two Americans reluctantly produced ID cards
 linking them to the Dept. of Joint Facilities at Pine Gap."
      The morning of November 29, a local resident phoned the
 JDF and asked about the "orange fireballs."  He was told not
 to worry and that these were "just weather balloons."
 (Thanks to Glennys M. Mackey of QUFON and Errol Bruce-Knapp
 of UFO Updates for this story.)
 (Editor's Comment: Isn't that a clever way to "explain" three
 weeks of UFO sightings in Alice Springs?  Just fill the car
 with balloon-making equipment, drive around in the desert
 with your lights off, and wait for the Australian police to pull
 you over.  Voila, it was all just a JDF weather experiment.
 Your editor finds it interesting, though, that they didn't
 pull this scam until RIGHT AFTER an "orange fireball"
 visited the Pine Gap station.)
      Speaking of mystery-shrouded science laboratories,
 have you ever heard of the Bearspaw Genetics Lab just west
 of Calgary, Alberta?  Your editor hadn't either--until he visited
 this site.  Built in 1954, Bearspaw has had plenty of weird
 UFO and Bigfoot experiences over the years.  Alan Merrett
 has the whole story at his site, which you'll find at  Or you can email Alan at
      Ken Green has a new site up and running that deals with
 UFOs, Roswell, the Philadelphia Experiment, crop circles
 and more.  Check it out at
      Jorgen Westman has 63 UFO articles on file at his page.
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      The group Tri-States Advocates for Scientific Knowledge
 (T.A.S.K.) now has their own Website.  If you want the
 in-depth story on this year's UFO flap in Ohio, check them
 out at
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