Go Back Report # 112
05-00-1953

05-??-1953   
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UFO HAS A COLUMN OF FOG OR WATER UNDER IT           
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       Between 7:30 and 8:00 o’clock on a night in May of 1953, two men, on their way to meet two college women for a date, had their plans interrupted by a craft of unknown origin.

       As they approached one of the bridges that span a portion of the Loch Raven Reservoir in Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, their car suddenly came to a stop without their control. This was followed by the headlights and car radio ceasing to function. The passenger jokingly commented to the driver, “how are we going to pick up the girls if we’re out of gas already?” Then they both saw an orange glowing object with an ultraviolet band which divided what appeared to be two saucers lip to lip. At this point they were approximately between 50 to 100 feet from the bridge and about 300 feet from the object. This stretch of road looks straight out onto the water, and then the road turns very sharply to the right and onto the bridge. Terrified, the two men left the car as rapidly as possible, the driver to the left, up an embankment into a wooded area, and the passenger over the back seat and the rear of the car, over a guardrail and into a ditch next to a shear drop-off into the lake.

       The height of the object was given as 200 to 300 feet off the water. The passenger described the object as “BIG,” and in dimension, the width of approximately 150 to 200 feet and 50 to 60 feet in height. The object hovered for a while, during which a column of fog or haze or mist was seen by a light located in the center of the UFO between the object and the water’s surface. In another phone interview, he mentioned a conical shape of the column below the UFO. The object then rose another 100 feet into the air, which, at this point the fog/haze/mist disappeared. It then tilted briefly and disappeared in an undetermined direction. I want to note here that the estimates of the dimensions given bear weight here as the witness (passenger) was employed as a civil engineer for the county and had a hand in the construction of the bridge he was about to cross. The total length of observation was about 10 minutes.

       Sound. In his testimony the witness mentioned that the craft made a repeated sound which he described as “Inamange, mum, mum, mum.” This is unusual as in most UFO reports, the UFO makes no sound or makes a low electrical humming. However, compare his statement to the following from a case in Japan dated July ??, 1973 (07-??-1973):    
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“ . . . . and appeared to be sucking up the bay water. Accompanying the projection of the tube to the water was a sound which Kudou described to be like the sound of a cicada (insect) which emits sound like "min-min-min-min," but the sound accompanying the tube was not so monotonous and appeared to be lower in pitch.”      
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      The police came by some time after the event and took the stranded witnesses, whose car would not start because the wires had burned up, back to Towson where a police report was filed by both men. (An officer in the police archives department was interested in this case and tried to find the related documents, but was unable to find the report – note that we do not have a precise date.) The following day both men were interrogated by four men in civilian clothes (two for each witness). One of the men presented government identification, which the witness cannot remember, which branch (CIA, FBI…etc.). They were told that they were with “Operation Blue Book” (Yet were in civilian clothes?). They were interrogated for approximately one hour during which they were given what amounted to make-believe scenarios of what they had seen. They were then released with the threat that if they didn’t remain silent about this incident, their jobs would be in jeopardy.

       It should be noted here that the driver of the car, questioned by the wife of the other witness in the car, has confirmed to her that event took place but refuses to discuss the sighting in general. He is in a position of responsibility and, as most people in that situation, does not want the publicity of a UFO event to interfere with his career.

It should be noted that another UFO revisited this bridge on October 26, 1958, and that case became very famous.                                                                                                               

This reference: MUFON case by Carl Feindt, Keith Chester, and Stephen Blickenstaff on March 17, 2003.        
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UFOCAT PRN – NONE           
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North America – United States, Maryland

Loch Raven Reservoir  Latitude 39-25-49 N, Longitude 76-32-38 W (D-M-S)

Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990.  
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Towson                        Latitude 39-24-05 N, Longitude 76-36-08 W

Goucher (Woods)         Latitude 39-23-58 N, Longitude 76-35-04 W

Reference: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/            

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