December 9th 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of a strange incident in Kecksburg, PA. On that night in 1965 a firey object allegedly blazed across the sky over Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario. The bright object reportedly dropped debris which started small fires as it passed over areas of Michigan and Ohio and caused sonic booms over areas near pittsburg, PA.
Most witnesses described a flaming, glowing and smoking object consistent with a meteor or other debris entering the atmosphere, but witnesses in Kecksburg, PA, a small town about 35 miles or so south east of Pittsburg, claim that something actually crashed down in the woods. Officials isolated the area and searched for debris but reportedly found nothing.
In fact, as reported on page 4 of Bulletin 5 of the Meteorites of Michigan Geological Survey, end point references, which are widely separated observation points where the object seems to disappear, suggest that the object passed over Lake Erie from the southwest and landed north of Lake Erie in southwest Ontario.
Nowhere near Kecksburg. But why let the truth stand in the way of a good story? And that’s not meant as a joke, I love a good story. The so-called Kecksburg Incident is a modern folk tale.
Legends and mysteries like this have been around for centuries precisely because we humans enjoy them, whether they’re based on real events or not. We love to hear strange tales of the unknown and other weird stuff. They stir our imagination.
The Kecksburg UFO tale continues: A boy claimed he saw an object land in the woods, and his mother said she saw a wisp of blue smoke rising up from the area before she contacted authorities. Members of the local Kecksburg volunteer fire department reported finding an object shaped like a giant acorn with strange, hieroglyphic-like markings around the bottom edge.
Others heard noises and reported a strong U.S. Army presence. The initial conclusion was that it was a meteor, after initial suggestions of “a plane crash, errant missile test, or reentering satellite debris” were discounted by authorities.
Whatever, if anything, crashed or landed in the woods of Kecksburg, PA, we may never know. Nothing was found. So “they” say…
More info on the Kecksburg UFO Incident:
Kecksburg Incident at Wikipedia.
Kecksburg Update on Space.com
Kecksburg Incident Debunked?
Kecksburg Space Acorn on Roadside America