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.
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