By Stan Gordon
Stan Gordon is director of PASU, the Pennsylvania Association for the Study of the Unexplained, and a frequent Journal contributor.
It was 10:54 P.M., on the night of January 7, 1986, when residents near Butler, PA, 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, reported something strange in the sky emitting 6 long beams of light toward the ground in the vicinity of a trailer park. At 11:20 P.M. the same night, a detailed sighting of an unidentified flying object was reported in downtown Pittsburgh.
As a bus approached the vicinity of the Birmingham Bridge, a passenger who makes a daily trip on this route noticed something unusual. A large solid-appearing, silver-gray, disc-shaped object was hovering directly above the top of the bridge. While the object was being observed, a mist began to form around it. A number of lights were observed around the perimeter of the object. These lights when first seen were of a pinkish color, then changed to blue then to red. The object tilted at times giving a view of the bottom and top sections. At the top, a small knob-like structure could be seen. The object went down over the bridge, moving slowly in a floating manner, and descended until it reached the surface of the river. It slowly moved out of sight in the distance.
Reference for the above text is:MUFON UFO Journal, #224, December 1986, p. 7.
UFOCAT PRN – 145420
UFOCAT URN – NONE MUFON UFO Journal, #224, December 1986, p. 7
UFOCAT URN – 112177 Computer Catalog of UFO Reports, 1988-94, #0722 by Paul Ferrughelli, © 1992
UFOCAT URN – 145420 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 029, © 2000
UFOCAT URN – 205728 The UFO Evidence: Vol. 2 by Richard Hall, p. 384, © 2000
UFOCAT URN – 168145 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 14292, © 2002
UFOCAT URN – 119022 National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), Robert Gribble, 1043, no date
UFOCAT URN – 159282 Website: Computer UFO Network, Dale Goudie:http://www.cufon.org/, no date
North America – United States, Pennsylvania, Butler, Allegheny, & Huntingdon counties
Butler Latitude 40-51-40 N, Longitude 079-53-43 W (D-M-S) [populated place]
Birmingham Bridge Latitude 40-38-56 N, Longitude 078-11-56 W [bridge]
Pittsburgh Latitude 40-26-26 N, Longitude 079-59-45 W [populated place]
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