Radford, Va. - UAO fell into the New River about noon on Wednesday; seen by a number of witnesses who thought it looked the size of a small plane or helicopter―"kind of long, with flame and smoke covering the whole thing"―flames and smoke trailing 30-40 feet behind it ―witnesses were about 1/4 mile away; Hugh Dehart said "It appeared like something flew off the side of it." Led to speculation that a man had tried to bailout. River 15 ft. deep at that point. Air search was unproductive and dragging operations were called off when it was decided that the object seen was a flare fired at 1 p.m. by Lt. Danny Roach at a police firing range. Flare is capable of going up 200 feet; parachute opens and flare ignites. “The flare fired Wednesday landed within 10 feet of where it had been fired."
The Roanoke (VA) Times, 9/10/64
“The strange phenomenon was witnessed by several people, including Albert Tolley, who is a Ranford [sic – Radford] policeman and a former FBI agent. Tolley said that the object appeared to be disc-shaped and was spinning as it fell. Smoke and flames trailed behind it. No planes were reported missing, and no trace of the object could be found, in spite of a careful search."
Saucer News, Dec. 64, p. 25
RADFORD. VIRGINIA ― "Mystery object" plunged into New River. Seen by many, thought to be plane or 'copter. Long, with flame and smoke covering it. Flames trailed 30-40 ft. behind it. Where obj. fell is est. to be 15’ deep. Search revealed nothing. No missing aircraft. Blue–green in color. Hugh Dehart (one witness) said, “it appeared like something flew off the side of it" as it fell. Said maybe a parachute?
(Roanoke (VA) Times, 9/10) (Note: Times 9/12 said was a flare)
Reference for the above text is: The Roanoke (VA) Times, 10 September 1964, 12 September 1964; Saucer News, December 1964, p. 25.
UFOCAT PRN – 76792
UFOCAT URN – NONE The Roanoke (Va.) Times, 10 September 1964, 12 September 1964
UFOCAT URN – NONE Saucer News, December 1964, p. 25
UFOCAT URN – 76792 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 226, © 1970
North America – United States, Virginia
Radford Latitude 37-07-54 N, Longitude 080-34-36 W (D-M-S) [populated place]
New River Latitude 38-09-42 N, Longitude 081-11-47 W [West Virginia - stream]
Note: New River flows into Claytor Dam at Radford
Claytor Dam Latitude 37-04-31 N, Longitude 080-35-05 W [dam]
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