MYSTERY FIREBALL CRASHES IN EASTERN FRANCE
"Last Saturday (April 6, 2002) at around 10:40 p.m., a resident of Marsanny-le-Bois, looking out of a window at his house, saw a falling fireball which disappeared. It seems that it crashed into the ground and without making any noise, without an explosion, according to the eyewitness."
"The 'object' fell near Flacey, in the department of Cote d'Or," northwest of Dijon in eastern France, "and, to date, has only the one eyewitness. Searches were quickly conducted by firefighters and gendarmes (policemen) around a very large perimeter encompassing both Viovigne and Flacey."
"At the same time, a helicopter flew over the area to assist in the search but found nothing."
"A statement from the Armee de l'Air (French Air Force) base nearby revealed that no aircraft were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Neither were any unusual meteorological phenomena noted. A fuller investigation will be initiated to determine the cause of this phenomenon." (See the French newspaper Journal de Saone et Loire for April 8, 2002, "A mysterious fireball in the sky." Merci beaucoup a Michel Granger pour cette article de journal.)
(Editor's Note: The "fireball" in eastern France occurred the night before the mass UFO sighting in southern Germany in early April 2002. See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 15 for April 9, 2002, "Mysterious lights dazzle thousands in Germany," page 1.)
THREE CATTLE MUTILATIONS REPORTED IN ARGENTINA
"A few days ago, strange lights appeared in the night skies over Salliquelo, in Buenos Aires province, and in the morning cattle ranchers of the area found three mutilated cows showing signs of having undergone a surgical intervention with unusual instruments."
"A veterinarian told local media that 'the incisions are strange ones in which some sort of heating element appears to have been used.'"
"The news was broadcast at the national level Saturday," April 27, 2002, "through Cronica TV which took images from the local cable access channel, showing images of the (mutilated) animals and a technician named Daniel who analyzed one of the cases, providing details about the strange event."
"According to the televised report, the animals were found by the owners of rural properties near Salliquelo, a small city located 128 kilometers (80 miles) east of the city of Anchorena, after 'strange lights' were reported in the heavens over the area. Three bovine deaths were attested to by local police."
"The veterinarian interviewed claimed that what he saw in his inspection of the carcasses was abnormal. 'They present strange cuts, as though resulting from an intense heat source. The skin is burned along the edges of the cuts, and there is an absence of blood in veins, muscles, and ligaments. (The cadaver) is simply dessicated,' he said."
The technician "Daniel told the Salliquelo cable access channel that the unusual cuts can be seen in the animals' bodies and heads. 'One of them shows a perfectly straight cut on one mandible. Furthermore, its tongue is missing, along with the rest of the alimentary tract: larynx, pharynx and saliva glands. The outer ear is completely missing. Another curious incision appears on the body (ribs and abdomen--S.C.) which is teardrop-shaped through which the genitalia were extracted,' he explained."
"Another detail offered by the professional, who performed a thorough inspection of one of the affected animals, was the following: 'It's as though you were cutting a piece of paper with a hot wire--the edges become dry, scorched and thinner. Furthermore, all traces of blood vanished. We only find some coagulated remains in the heart.'"
"'It is a strange circumstance. There are no signs that the animal put up a fight, nor is there any evidence of scorched pastureland. I'm not saying that this is the work of alien beings, but it's a strange circumstance nonetheless. Even the other animals refuse to come close to the dead ones, and curiosity is a characteristic element of bovines,' he concluded."
Salliquelo is about 225 kilometers (135 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital. (See the Argentinian newspaper La Arena of La Pampa for April 29, 2002, "Strange case in Salliquelo: mutilated animals appear in wake of nocturnal lights." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, y Gloria Coluchi para eso articulo de diario.)
NEW UFO SIGHTING OVER CERRO AVILA IN CARACAS
A glowing UFO was seen over Cerro Avila (hill) in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, on two consecutive nights last week.
On Monday evening, April 29, 2002, "the eyewitness and his son observed a strange light with a gyrating motion over Cerro Avila in the city of Caracas. According to the report, sent by investigator Martha Rosenthal, the strange light was seen on two consecutive evenings."
On the second occasion, Tuesday, April 30, 2002, "it was seen at a lower altitude than the previous night." The witness also brought a camera the second evening and "reportedly has a photo of the second sighting."
During its Tuesday night performance, the UFO "continued its gyrating movement and also brightened and dimmed repeatedly, changing the intensity of the illumination." (See NotiOVNI for May 5, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz y Martha Rosenthal para eso caso.)
MORE UFOs REPORTED IN CANADA'S FAR WEST
Following a month of relative quiet, UFOs are again on the prowl in the northern half of Canada's British Columbia province.
On Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 7 p.m., "the witness reported that he and his friend were looking at new trucks at Sullivan Pontiac in Houston, B.C.(population 3,934)," a small town located 188 miles (305 kilometers) west of Prince George. The dealership "is along the business frontage road just off Provincial Highway 16," and the men were looking at the new trucks "when a bright white object caught their eye."
"The object was in a field behind the car dealership, to the southwest, 'at some distance away from us both.' The object was hovering above an old barn, which is in the field."
"The guys pulled out their camera, using the flash, and as soon as they started taking pictures, the object rose from its stationary position and moved slowly towards the two witnesses. At this point, they were freaking out and threw the camera down on the front seat and took off very quickly. They turned their heads around to see if the object was still coming," but the UFO had disappeared.
A month later, on Friday, April 26, 2002, a man who had just moved from Kitwanga, B.C. to Terrace, B.C., a town on the Skeena River 90 miles (150 kilometers) east of Prince Rupert, "was unpacking after his move and stopped for a cigarette" and "saw a strange object very close to his location. He watched the object move from east to west, at a very low level and close to him."
The witness "estimated the size of the object to be one-quarter that of the full moon and as bright if not brighter. The object would become dim, then repeat in brightness, and then dim. The fellow also said this object would move very quickly, only to come to a complete dead stop, then it would disappear."
On Saturday, April 27, 2002, "the light returned, again at a low level, and he watched as the light dropped another pale green light. This light vanished before hitting the ground." The witness said it looked as if there was a ring of these pale green lights on the underside of the UFO.
On Sunday, April 28, 2002, "he had witnesses with him, just in case whatever it was showed up again. Sure enough, they all started watching this light, plus other strange objects. The sighting did not last for any length of time--approximately five to ten seconds before disappearing. At times the object would stop and blink several times before moving on."
On Monday, April 29, 2002, "the witness said, 'The object slowly rolled over, exposing some kind of shape to it. He said it was definitely saucer-shaped." (Many thanks to British Columbia ufologist Brian Vike for these reports.)
UFOs TURN UP IN OTTAWA AND TORONTO, CANADA
On Saturday, April 17, 2002, at 12:30 p.m., the male witness was on his lunch break at his workplace near the intersection of Montreal and St. Laurent Roads in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, when he spotted a strange object approaching.
"I was on my lunch break at 12:30 p.m.," he reported, "I looked up to see what looked like a small airplane coming from the northeast. As it got closer, I noticed that it was oval-shaped and changing colour from black to silver. It was rolling or rocking side to side as it changed colour. It was travelling about 300 feet (90 meters) high as it flew behind a cloud and disappeared." (Many thanks to Brian Vike for this report.)
On Friday, April 26, 2002, "the time was around 6:45 a.m., and I was coming to work in a taxi," the witness reported, "I work in the Dufferin and Steeles area of Toronto," which is Canada's largest city. "As we were coming to--I believe the park's name is--G. Ross Lord Park on Dufferin, I was looking out the (taxi) window when I noticed it. It was just sitting in the clouds and not moving--the grey-looking object."
"I knew it wasn't an airplane or a weather balloon and, to be honest, I wasn't sure what it was. I just kept looking at it, hoping to see it move. But it didn't. It looked like grey metal, and it looked like it might have been square in shape. But it was hard to tell in the clouds. It didn't move--it just sat there. I lost sight of it when I turned my head for a second. When I turned back, it was gone." (Many thanks to Sue Darroch of Para-Researchers of Ontario for this report.)
OREGON WOMAN SEES AN UNUSUAL LIGHT DISPLAY
"I walked out the front door of my daughter's home" in Warrenton, Oregon (population 4,096) on Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 10 p.m., Barbara A. reports, "when a bright flash caught my attention. It was almost directly overhead. I waited a moment and saw another flash of slightly less intensity a short distance from the first. A few seconds later, there was another bright flash, and the object disappeared."
"Whatever it was, it was at an extremely high altitude, similar to a satellite. I watched for a few minutes longer, but I saw nothing further. I remember reading a similar report some time ago where a man said it looked like whatever it was had left the earth's atmosphere. I had the same impression."
Warrenton, Ore. is on the Pacific Ocean shore approximately 105 miles (168 kilometers) west-northwest of Portland. (Email Form Report)
STRANGE INCIDENTS FOLLOW A UFO SIGHTING IN GEORGIA
The sighting of an egg-shaped UFO over a mountain in northern Georgia resulted in the witness coming under surveillance by unknown persons who may be the Men In Black (MIB).
It all started on Wednesday, April 25, 2002, Tyrell S. reported, "My girl friend and I had just gotten through scouting for camp areas around Red Top Mountain, which houses Altoona Lake."
Red Top Mountain state park is just east of Interstate Highway I-75, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Atlanta.
"As we were driving east towards Townlake Parkway, the area where the boat launch is located, there is a semi-large clearing. I was just sort of taking in the view when I noticed a strange fluttering object in the sky, I assume, about 300 to 500 feet (90 to 150 meters) in the air. It was moving at a high rate of speed. I've never seen anything fly this oddly. It seemed to skip over the air."
"As I watched it seemingly wobble in the air, it had a 'computer mouse' look. Not a saucer shape, more of a contoured egg shape. I guess this is why it fluttered so oddly after 35 to 40 seconds, as we started to lose view due to the treeline. It just vanished. No shooting up or bright lights. Nothing! It was gone--zip--as if it had never been there."
But that was only the beginning of the strangeness.
"Now, when I got home," Tyrell added, "I called the Woodstock, Ga. Police and asked if any other reports had been turned in that were like mine. The officer said no."
"It's been about a week and a half since then, and I've been noticing more strange things around me. I know you guys are thinking I'm just being paranoid but there has been on four different days a black car with (Polaroid) windows so damned black they look spray-painted following me or (has been) at places where I was. This is (always) the same car or the same type (automobile model--J.T.) Now, for the last couple of days I haven't noticed anything, but I'm kinda feeling a little odd about the whole thing." (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: The new movie Men in Black 2 is still two months away from its theatre premiere. Strange that the MIB have chosen now to raise their usual low profile a bit. Okay, UFO Roundup readers in Georgia and Tennessee, here's your BOLO--Be on the lookout for a year 2002 or 2001 glossy black two- or four-door hardtop sedan with either out-of-state, United Nations or phony USA Department of Defense license plates. You can tell if it's a legitimate DOD vehicle by checking for the little blue-and-white sticker in the lower right corner of the front windshield. If you see the MIB black car with its tinted windows, drop us an email.)
UFOLOGY THRIVES IN CUBA
"An intense wave of unidentified flying object (UFO) activity has been taking place on the island of Cuba in recent years."
"In late April 2002, U.S. researcher Mike Birds, following a visit to the island, was able to verify that UFO activity in Cuba is much more intense than is currently known. During his latest visit, he was able to interview five researchers in Havana, who disclosed information about the intense wave of activity over the Caribbean island."
"Birds relates that he was able to see a video entitled OVNIs sobre Cuba (UFOs over Cuba) by researcher Octavo Cortazar, which shows clear and broad evidence of their presence over Cuban territory. Likewise, researchers gave him (Birds) a 300-page book entitled Signs which discusses the rich listing of UFO sightings in Cuba throughout the years."
"Perhaps one of the most spectacular Cuban cases involved peasant Adolfo Zarate, who witnessed the appearance of a UFO and its landing 60 meters (200 feet) away."
"'The device landed, and someone who looked like a Christian (human being--S.C.) wearing something like a gas mask and dressed in camo (camoflauge colors--J.T.) came out. The ship was also camoflauged, grass-colored. It was raining heavily. He got down and inspected the craft. He then leaned against a door and spoke to someone in the cockpit. I think he was collecting some rice shoots or ripping out a malanga (yam--J.T.) plant. After (the occupant was) climbing up a ladder, the thing let out a gout of blue fire. The only thing I felt was the pressure of the air expelled through its exhaust.'"
"It was the size of a touring machine (school bus--J.T.) I don't know if it was made of wood or iron or if it was made of air. But it lacked wings and propellors and was noiseless. It looked like a flattened egg. A turtle that had landed on two legs, like shock absorbers. The pilot's face could not be seen, but he resembled a normal man. I didn't notice him bearing weapons,' he (Zarate) told the Sunday newspaper Juventud Rebelde de Cuba." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Daniel Munoz y Yohanan Diaz para esa historia.)
SILVER OVOID UFO SIGHTED OVER MEXICO CITY
On Tuesday, April 30, 2002, "Demetrio Feria, accompanied by another witness, observed the maneuvers of a discoidal UFO in the vicinity of Mexico City's international airport. According to the report, produced by ufologist Carlos Clemente, director of Grupo de los Vigilantes, the UFO was seen travelling at an altitude slightly lower than the airport's normal approach corridor but within the outer marker. The UFO flew from the west to the north over the metropolitan area. The UFO presented itself in an ovoid form and was the color of silver with a black shadow on its lower portion. At the last minute, the UFO suffenly changed its direction of flight, veering towards the east, noticeably speeding up and losing itself in the haze of the horizon." (See NotiOVNI for May 5, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esas informaciones.)
INDIANA--LAND OF THE GIANTS!?
Concerning the giant skeleton found two weeks ago in North Africa (See UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 18, "Giant female skeleton found in Tunisia," page 2), Roland Whiteside writes, "Hey, Joe, you don't have to go to Tunisia to find buried giants. We have them right here in Jennings County, Indiana."
"In 1879, they dug up an old Indian mound in Brewersville, Ind. The mound was 71 feet (21 meters) in diameter and about five feet (1.3 meters) high. Inside the mound the explorers found some skeletons, and one of them nine feet, eight inches (290 centimeters or 2.9 meters) long."
"Also, in 1925, archaeologists digging in Walkerton, Ind. (the northern part of the state near South Bend--J.T.) found the skeletons of eight giants measuring eight to nine feet (2.4 to 2.7 meters) long. These skeletons were wearing some kind of weird copper armor."
"Like the Bible says, there really were 'giants in the earth in those days.'"
(Editor's Comment: True enough, Roland. Both of the cases you mentioned are listed in Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y. 1978, pages 83 and 84. See also the Indianapolis News for November 10, 1975, "Remains of Vanished Giants Found in State.")
From the UFO Files...
1909: AIRSHIP FLAP BREAKS OUT IN ESSEX, UK
In addition to the USA's New England states and New Zealand's South Island, "airships"--the UFOs of a century ago--also made an appearance in UK during the year 1909. In fact, May 1909 was the peak of this early British flap.
Ufologist Carl Grove, in an article in Flying Saucer Review, described the sightings in UK during this period. Grove wrote, "The 1909 airship was a dark, cigar-shaped object carrying a rather bright 'searchlight' about a hundred feet (30 meters) in length, which maneuvered with ease. Like its 1897 predecessor, it is the behavious and not the appearance of the airship that connects it with the modern UFO phenomenon."
One of the early sightings in this particular flap took place on May 9, 1909 at Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Here is the verbatim testimony of the eyewitness, Miss H.M. Boville:
"I was closing the window of my bedroom, which faces northeast, at about 11:20 (p.m.) when I noticed a very dark object looming out of the sky, and travelling slowly from the direction of Shoeburyness. At first I thought it was the gunpowder cloud that one sees after an explosion, it was so opaque and black, and the night was too dark to enable me to see it clearly. After a few seconds, however, it crossed the sky and remained nearly stationary in front of my window. I could see the outline of a torpedo-shaped airship, very long and large. It was not more than a quarter of a mile above the houses and trees, and remained immovable for a few minutes, then rose higher, and travelled very swiftly in a westerly direction toward the coast and London, showing, as it did so, two very powerful searchlights at either end for a second or two. I did not hear any sound from the engines, as it was too far off, nor could I discern the aeronauts; but the vessel seemed to travel very steadily and smoothly." (See Mysterious Visitors by Brinsley LePoer Trench, Stein and Day Publishers, New York, N.Y., 1978, pages 98 and 99. See also the Evening News of London for May 15, 1909.)(Editor's Comment: Meanwhile, in 1909, at a certain flat at 22B Baker Street, London, a small fist knocks on the door. The violin music comes to an end, and a Yorkshire voice says, "Watson, I do believe we have visitors." And as the door swings open...well, you'll find the whole story in The Remarkable Affair of the Visitors from Out of Town by John H. Watson, M.D. That is, if you can find the manuscript that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle buried in Newgrange, Ireland.)
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