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1966 Michigan UFO flap continues to intrigue

Posted on Monday, 20 March, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

What were the strange lights sighted over Michigan ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jason Rogers
A string of UFO sightings across Washtenaw County in 1966 drew the attention of the entire country.
The peculiar series of events began on March 14th when local police officers reported seeing a number of mysterious lights in the sky heading at high speed over Lima Township.

The lights were spotted again the next day at the Ohio border and then several more time at various locations across Washtenaw County over the course of the week.

Then on March 20th, truck driver Frank Mannor told police that he and his son had seen a large pyramid-shaped object hovering near the ground in a swamp in Dexter Township.

"It was sort of shaped like a pyramid, with a blue-green light on the right-hand side and on the left, a white light," he said. "I didn't see no antenna or porthole. The body was like a yellowish coral rock and looked like it had holes in it - sort of like if you took a piece of cardboard box and split it open."

Mannor's sighting resulted in an extensive search of the swamp by more than 40 officers, but the reports kept coming - with some of the men describing red and white lights flitting across the sky.

More than 80 students at nearby Hillsdale College also reported seeing lights above the swamp.

The US Air Force eventually launched an investigation in to the sightings as part of Project Blue Book. The case was led by astronomer Dr. J. Allen Hynek - the man who famously devised the "close encounter" classification scale for UFO reports.

Much to everyone's dismay however, the sightings were ultimately dismissed as "swamp gas".

Source: Click on Detroit | Comments (7)

Tags: UFO, Michigan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by herbygant on 20 March, 2017, 17:17
Black Projects.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 20 March, 2017, 17:59
I was 13 at the time. I don't remember anything being on the Philadelphia news about it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by I hide behind words on 20 March, 2017, 18:10
Did you really watch the news everyday then?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 20 March, 2017, 19:59
My parents had it on. No choice. I didn't have my own set then.
Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 21 March, 2017, 4:17
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 21 March, 2017, 16:04
Poor Germans at that point.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Opus Magnus on 21 March, 2017, 17:33
Also, Washtenaw county where these sightings were is the county that the University of Michigan is at, or UM. Also the abbreviation of this website, UM.

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