The Burmarsh Incident
- Burmarsh Incident" is one of the most fascinating cases in UK
Ufology, it involves virtually all of the aspects of a "classic" UFO
account. A young lady driving along a country road late at night, a
large triangular craft hovering over a village, anonymous phone
calls, official denials, M.I.B., threats and phone tapping.
Who could ask for more?
A précised version the article "The Burmarsh UFO Incident" by Stuart
Miller of UFO Review. Many thanks to Stuart for allowing this!
(Thanks to Chris Rolfe and Jerry Anderson for giving permission for
this incident to be covered by The WHY? Files.)
- Very early on the morning of 8th March, 1997, Sarah Hall, a
journalist with the Folkestone Herald, was driving home when her
attention was caught by a large triangular object hovering over the
village of Burmarsh in Kent (U.K.).
Observing the object from about 300 yards, Sarah described it :
"It was just this huge triangular thing, which was a
lot bigger than an aeroplane but there was no way I could have
mistaken it for an aeroplane or anything like that. It had lights all
around the outside and this disc attached to the back and a big light
on the front."
As Sarah stopped her car the object "literally shot off".
Sarah was somewhat dismayed, she thought:
"Oh God, what is this? This is really scary!"
"It stopped again, sort of another 500 yards away
from me and it did that four times. It just shot further and further
away but stopped four times, sort of moved for about five or six
seconds, stopped for two seconds, then moved again for another five
or six seconds and so on".
The Burmarsh Incident
1999 - 2009 The WHY? Files 10th Anniversary
- Following the M.O.D.'s decision to release all of their documents relating to UFOs,several cases are receiving a lot of attention. One of these "high interest cases" is the Burmarsh Incident in which a large triangular UFO was observed hovering above the residence of a senior U.K. politician.
The incident provoked government correspondence, local newspaper
reports and an RAF investigation. MoD correspondence concluded:
"Although the MoD has received reports of an alleged `UFO'
sighting near Michael Howard's home on March 8, 1997, MoD Air
Defence staff have confirmed that there is no evidence to suggest
any unauthorised incursion of the UK Air Defence Region on that
Seems like an "open and shut case" but the incident itself and the subsequent investigation spanned several years and involved phone tapping, threats and hacking.
See: The Burmarsh Incident