Go Back Report # 459


[Monday was the 15th. The 16th (morning) was the date of publication]      


       PINE, La. (UPI) -- Sheriff’s deputies chased five orange-reddish flying objects 12 miles through the Louisiana piney woods late Monday night and early today. Deputy Michael Moore said the ships almost attacked a police car.

       "One of our deputies was scared pretty bad, “Moore said from the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department. "He turned on his red lights, and they came down at his patrol ear. He turned them off and they just vanished like in a cloud." Moore said the ships, reported 150 miles northwest of similar sightings at Pascagoula, Miss., "come right down at you and then vanish above the treetops."

       Moore said several deputies were out chasing the ships and one of the men tried to take pictures.

       "Our deputies spotted five of them, and a bunch of witnesses saw them too," he said. In another sighting reported near Slidell, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Lloyd Mercier said he was driving home when he saw an object "approximately 15 or 20 feet in diameter and it had a streak about a foot wide straight through the middle. “I was driving and I said, ‘That can't be the moon, it's too large to be the moon.’

       "I'd say it was approximately 125 to 200 feet in the air and gradually it disappeared. It took five to six minutes.

       "All I could see was a red glow. It looked like it came straight out of the water of Lake Pontchartrain," he said. "I've seen it tonight with my own natural eyes. I have to believe what I see. It was no moon and it was no balloon, and it was no ship."                                          

Original Reference: News clipping from “The State-Times”, Baton Rouge, La. Oct 16, 1973.

Also, essentially same text: “The Toronto Star”, Toronto, Canada Tuesday October 16, 1973

Thanks to Barry Greenwood for the clippings.

UFOCAT PRN – 99346

UFOCAT URN – 099346 Newspaper Clipping, dated October 16, 1973

UFOCAT URN – 084706 UFO Register by Delair J Bernard, 1974-719, © Contact International (UK)

UFOCAT URN – 072831 Missouri Cases from Ted Phillips case investigation files, No © date

UFOCAT URN – 166760 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 10226 © 2002       

North America – United States, Louisiana & Mississippi

Slidell, Louisiana                                  Latitude 30-16-30 N, Longitude 89-46-52 W (D-M-S)

Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana             Latitude 30-11-19 N, Longitude 90-06-05 W

Pascagoula, Mississippi                        Latitude 30-21-56 N, Longitude 88-33-22 W

New Orleans, Louisiana                       Latitude 29-57-16 N, Longitude 90-04-30 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

UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 30.28 N, Longitude 89.82 W (D.%)

                                      Latitude 30.20 N, Longitude 89.83 W [URN 166760]


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