Thousands see a UFO in the sky above Kecksburg, Pennsylvania.
On December, 9, 1965, a brilliant light streaked through the sky over Canada. It was also seen over the northeastern United States. Thousands of eyewitnesses reported its trail, which was visible for hundreds of miles in every direction.
In Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Robb Landy and his brother Ray were outside riding their bicycles:
Three miles away, another local boy, Randy Overly, also saw the object:
Nevin and Nadine Kalp were also playing outside when the object flew overhead and crashed in a wooded ravine, half a mile away:
The Kalp farm is located less than a mile from Kecksburg Village. The object appeared to have crashed a half-mile from the Kalps’ home. Within minutes, Pennsylvania State Troopers descended on the site. By now, there was no smoke and the light was fading. Search teams were called in to locate the actual crash site.
Later, volunteer fireman Jim Mayes located the site from an overlook above the ravine:
A call went out to all the local fire departments and more than 30 volunteer firemen were dispatched from the Kecksburg station. Volunteer fireman, James Romansky, was with a search team that actually found the crash site:
An hour later, military authorities took over a farmhouse near the ravine owned by Lillian Hayes:
Nineteen-year-old Bill Weaver was one of many spectators who tried to catch a glimpse:
The box seemed too small to hold the object itself. Maybe there was something inside the object that the military wanted to remove.
Back at the Kecksburg fire station, Jim Romansky and the other volunteers waited for orders:
U.F.O. researcher Stan Gordon, believes the government knows what happened:
Stan Gordon interviewed dozens of Kecksburg eyewitnesses and has examined several theories:
Jim Mayes is still baffled by what fell from the sky that night:
Another theory put forth by Stan Gordon is that the object was space debris. The government has always monitored not only U.S. space activity, but also launches from other countries:
Stan Gordon obtained through the Freedom of Information Act the official Air Force record of the Kecksburg incident:
Bill Weaver was one of the eyewitnesses:
Many eyewitnesses reported seeing the military convoy coming out of the ravine. John Hays was only ten years old when a flat-bed truck with a large covered object on the back rumbled by his bedroom window:
According to Stan Gordon, eyewitnesses identified the military unit as an Air Force radar squadron based in Pittsburgh. Gordon believes the unit was part of a top-secret operation investigating UFOs:
James Romansky, a volunteer fireman doesn’t believe the government reports:
Stan Gordon, U.F.O. Researcher concludes: