Go Back Report # 296

01-21-1965  

FIERY BALL PLUNGES INTO LAKE   

     A flaming object plunged from the sky over Chicago Thursday night and apparently landed in Lake Michigan.    
     Coast Guardsmen, police, and numerous witnesses said they believed the object to be a meteor.        
     For a time the object in the lake was thought to be a plane, and fire department and Coast Guard boats were sent to look for survivors.   
   But no wreckage was found. Chicago airports said no planes were missing or overdue, and no distress calls had been received by radio.
     There were reports along the lakefront from Gary to Glencoe of persons seeing an object falling into the lake. 

     Two Chicago policemen, Frank Leverenz and Nick Di Gioia, said they were driving on N. Lake Shore Dr. when they saw "something shoot across the drive sending out sparks and flames."      
     They said it fell into the lake about a mile east of Addison St.      
     The Daily News received calls including one from a young woman who said she was walking her dog near W. 63d St. and S. California when she saw an object in the sky that looked the size of "a basketball and trailing a trail of sparks and flames."   
     Men in the control towers of O'Hare and Midway Airports and Meigs Field also reported seeing the object.         

Reference for the above text is: Chicago Daily News, Friday, Jan. 22, 1965  
With thanks to The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS): http://www.cufos.org/    

ALSO  

FLAMING LIGHT SEEN; BELIEVED TO BE METEOR

     Many persons along Lake Michigan’s shoreline last night reported seeing a flaming object over the lake, which authorities said apparently was a meteor.      
     Persons from Glencoe to Michigan City said they saw the flaming object. Many thought it was a plane falling into the lake. But an observer at the Meigs Field control tower and two Town Hall policemen who saw the object said it appeared to be a meteor.       
     But reports by numerous citizens that they saw red lights in the lake about a mile off Addison Street sent the Coast Guard, Navy, and police and fire department on a search. They found nothing. They said the lights apparently were from the water crib off Wilson Avenue.  

Reference for the above text is:Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1965. With thanks to Barry Greenwood for providing the article. 

UFOCAT PRN – 76796          
UFOCAT URN – NONE Benton Harbor News-Palladium,22 January1965         
UFOCAT URN – NONE Chicago Tribune, 22 January1965        
UFOCAT URN – NONE Manitowoc Herald, 22 January1965      
UFOCAT URN – 76796 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 228, © 1970       

North America – United States, Illinois & Indiana        
Lake Michigan              Latitude 44-00-00N, Longitude 87-00-00 W (D-M-S)   
Glencoe, Illinois            Latitude 42-08-06N, Longitude 87-45-29 W   
Michigan City, Indiana  Latitude 41-42-27N, Longitude 86-53-42 W   
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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