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Carbondale UFO legend endures 40 years on


Posted on Tuesday, 12 August, 2014 | Comment icon 14 comments

What really happened in Carbondale four decades ago ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
An incident involving a strange glowing silt pond would go on to spark a mystery spanning four decades.
The story began one Saturday evening in November 1974 when three teenagers claimed to have witnessed a "red, whirring ball" plummet from the sky over Salem Mountain and crash in to a silt pond near to a local mine.

Police officers who arrived at the scene discovered to their amazement that the pond had started to emit a strange unearthly glow that would go on to persist for almost nine hours.

As word got around about the mysterious crash site people started to turn up in their droves and the "Carbondale UFO" soon went on to make headlines across the country.

Despite the enigma that still surrounds these events however there is evidence to suggest that one of the boys may have actually hoaxed the whole thing by throwing a lantern in to the water. A few days after the alleged crash a diver discovered an old railroad lantern in the water and one of the teenagers since admitted that he had thrown it in there to scare his sister.

40 years on however and the legend is still very much alive thanks to a growing number of conspiracy theorists who believe that a UFO really had crashed in the pond and that the teenager had been coerced in to taking responsibility for it as part of a cover up.

So could such a high profile incident have really been sparked by nothing more than a young boy throwing a lantern in to a pond or could there have been something a lot more significant going on ?

Unfortunately we may never know for sure.

Source: Philly.com | Comments (14)

Tags: Carbondale, UFO


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 12 August, 2014, 16:20
Comment icon #6 Posted by seeder on 12 August, 2014, 16:41
I dont see why this was posted when the article itself debunks it!! "Despite the enigma that still surrounds these events however there is evidence to suggest that one of the boys may have actually hoaxed the whole thing by throwing a lantern in to the water. A few days after the alleged crash a diver discovered an old railroad lantern in the water and one of the teenagers since admitted that he had thrown it in there to scare his sister".
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 12 August, 2014, 22:19
Legends are so much more fun than the true!
Comment icon #8 Posted by badeskov on 13 August, 2014, 6:49
Frankly, I am continuously baffled by why already explained non-mysterious events have to be paraded as mysterious time and again. Frankly, in my honest opinion, it tells a lot about those that seem to have an interest in keep the woo-woo part of UFOlogy alive. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #9 Posted by SurgeTechnologies on 13 August, 2014, 18:21
Wow that's funny! People were obviously quite stupid back then... i mean how can you now tell a lamp is in a POND.. i wouldn't say a lake but pond... my god. But on the other hand if something ( meteorite or something of that genre ) actually fell from the sky and some sort of reaction took place i suppose that for some short period the pond could have the glow described here. Later on they found the lamp. I don't think this is UFO related.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Maff on 14 August, 2014, 10:10
My retired TV engineer Dad tells me a story that in the 50's when he was in his teens, he was a budding technical student. He attached some powerful car lamps to a car battery with some other components, sealed it all in a clear watertight container & sank it to the bottom of the local canal just as a practical joke. It worked better than expected and the whole section of the canal lit up for several nights shining through the hazy water, alternating red and green until the battery ran out or water got in. Apparently lots of talk about UFOs went on in the town.. My dad and his friends love... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hawkin on 16 August, 2014, 2:01
Lets see. An old railroad lantern with kerosene for fuel and a wick for a fire to burn on for 9 hours under water. Yep...mystery solved.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hawkin on 16 August, 2014, 2:59
Maybe that's why we all visit these threads. UFO's to adults are like Alice In Wonderland to children.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Astra00 on 16 August, 2014, 11:02


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