Go Back Report # 1559


By Stan Gordon
(State Director)

   The most detailed sighting so far this year occurred on April 1, near Petrolia in Butler County. At approximately 7:15 p.m., three witnesses were working on a jeep when one of them noticed what he thought was a bright star just above the trees about 1,500 feet away. The light seemed to have a red flashing effect to it. The witnesses went back to their chores when one of them looked up a few minutes later and commented that the star had doubled its altitude. Additional light was needed to complete the work being done, so the headlights on the jeep were turned on. Almost immediately the bright star-like object began to move toward the observers. They turned the lights off, and the object reversed direction and backed off. The jeep lights were turned on again, and the object again approached closer, passing almost directly over the heads of the witnesses at an altitude of approximately 250 feet.   
   At this point the bright light went out and the shape of the entire object could easily be seen. It was a very large triangular-shaped construction, a dull gunmetal gray color and was surrounded by a luminescent mist which seemed to originate from the back of the main body. The object was solid in appearance and there was a light at each point. At the front of the object was a red light, with a white light at one corner and an amber light at the other corner. The lights didn't blink but they seemed to pulsate one at a time. At one point two bright lights shot away from the main object, one going north and one going south. Neither the main object nor the smaller lights made any sound.      
   As a jet plane approached from the east, the object seemed to stop completely, become very bright, then it rose straight up until it was out of sight. Two of the witnesses stated that while observing the object, they had the feeling that "their skin was crawling off their body." After the sighting and for several days, two of the witnesses had severe headaches and one had diarrhea. Other residents from the local area have reported similar observations during April.           

Reference for the above text is: MUFON UFO Journal, #172, June 1982, p. 3.         

UFOCAT PRN – 118011        
UFOCAT URN – 118011 MUFON UFO Journal, #172, June 1982, p. 3    
UFOCAT URN – 153437 J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies
UFOCAT URN – 167906 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 14383, © 2002        

North America – United States, Pennsylvania, Butler  
Petrolia   Latitude 41-01-00 N, Longitude 079-43-03 W (D-M-S) [populated place]     
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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