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Posted by : Dave Pigott <davep@...
From: Francisco Lopez <d005734c@...
From: K. Young <ufo@...
Subject: UFO Report accompanies explosive noise
Date: December 15, 1998 - 7:53 p.m.
Location: Portage, Indiana (Porter County)
On December 15, 1998, a 19-year old resident of Portage, Indiana
informed of his sighting of a UFO. The e-mail report states:
"I deliver pizzas for a local pizza shop. At 7:53 p.m. on Monday,
14th of December, I saw something that amazed me. I was driving north
on Swanson Rd. approaching Stone Ave., where I could only turn left or
right. As I was coming to a stop at Stone, I heard a semi-loud bang.
It sounded like a big firecracker, but the tone was deeper. Then, I
heard something that sounded like a brief, strong wind and it repeated
seven or eight times. I remained still at the stop sign while
listening to the sounds. A couple seconds later, a white light rose
off the ground to the northeast of me. It looked like it was about a
mile away. It went straight up about one hundred yards or so, stayed
for a few seconds, then shot west so fast, it looked like it could
have gone a hundred miles in a fraction of a second. As soon as it had
happened I wrote down on my notepad what happened, where I was, and
what time it was. After I did that, I looked around for other cars at
the stop sign so I could ask them if they saw what I saw, but there
was no one around. So I delivered the pizza and went back to work.
When I got home, I told my girlfriend what I saw, and she told me that
earlier in the night, while visiting her parents at their house on
Central and Willowdale, she heard a loud bang. But, I have not talked
to anyone else who saw it yet. This is the absolute truth of what I
saw. I did some searching on the Internet for somewhere to report
what I saw and I found this sight. I hope you appreciate my effort.
A reply was sent, asking if the witness would be interested in
following up his report by contacting local police offices to
determine if other residents in the area had reported the loud noise.
Although not expressing interest in pursuing this angle, he stated
that his mother was a private pilot, and would have her check with
'local airports' to see if any additional details could be found.
The Portage, Indiana report from December is similar to separate,
unrelated accounts earlier in the year from nearby Valparaiso, Kokomo
and Michigantown, Indiana. These reports were generated in June and
August. Portage is only 10-miles northwest of Valparaiso, Indiana, and
3-miles south of Lake Michigan.
Reports of the 1998 UFO sighings in Indiana are located at the
following URL locations:
The sonic anomaly reported with this UFO sighting remains a common
element in many unusual reports. Weeks after this sighting was
received, numerous instances of sonic disruption was reported across a
large area of the Midwestern United States on January 9th and 10th.
Explosive bangs and thuds were heard from areas in Indiana, Ohio,
Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Although 'Ice Quakes' and 'Frost Cracking'
were advanced as an explanation for the disruptions, a University of
Cincinnati geologist refuted the explanation. For details of this
report, see: http://home.fuse.net/ufo/Butlerboomer.htm
January 16, 1999
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Posted by : Dave Pigott <davep@...
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