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50 years on, incident dubbed 'Welsh Roswell' still intrigues

By T.K. Randall
January 30, 2024 · Comment icon 12 comments
Caer Drewyn.
The Berwyn Mountains. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Llywelyn2000
Back in 1974, the small town of Bala in Wales became the center of an intriguing series of events.
The strangeness began quite unexpectedly on January 23rd, 1974 when the residents of Bala - a small town in the Berwyn Mountains of Wales - were disturbed by a sudden earthquake.

This wouldn't have been particularly notable on its own, but what made it stand out were the accompanying reports of strange lights in the sky and an alleged military coverup.

According to witnesses, "something came down" over the area and this seemed to coincide with both the earthquake and a loud bang that was also heard at around the same time.

Local police received multiple calls from residents about the sound of an explosion and sightings of mysterious lights in the sky, which prompted a search-and-rescue operation.
The mystery seemed to deepen further still when witnesses observed an unexplained military presence and the sight of something large being loaded onto the back of a vehicle.

This ultimately lead to speculation that a UFO had crashed in the area and had been subsequently retrieved and covered up by the military.

Officially, the event was explained away as little more than a chance occurrence of both an earthquake and a meteor shower that happened to have taken place at around the same time.

This explanation was later echoed in declassified MoD documents concerning the incident.

Whether this was what really happened that night, however, remains a matter of debate.

Source: Mirror | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
Earthquake lights aren't that rare. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by godnodog 6 months ago
No they are not, in fact it's frequently a sign of an upcoming quake.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
The electric charges in the quartz is what my "goto" is. @Doc Socks Junior can educate us more.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hazzard 6 months ago
It wouldnt be the first time a series of none events set the snowball in motion when it comes to UFOlogys most famous cases.
Comment icon #7 Posted by esoteric_toad 6 months ago
Series of coincidences. It happens. Just like the people that believe there were aliens running around a mall in Miami. Rumors start and somehow get legs. Then it won't die like it probably should (especially the Miami mall aLiEnZ).
Comment icon #8 Posted by Doc Socks Junior 6 months ago
So, I know that the piezoelectric effect has been used to explain it. There's also someone who advocates for crystal defect making some sort of discharge. Some German name guy at NASA. Freund? Maybe there's a simple role for static electricity. I know that EQ lights aren't particularly common versus the amount of earthquakes that occur. It's the difficulty with such non-seismic precursors. Maybe it's because the aliens are doing it and there aren't that many aliens.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 6 months ago
That all sounds good except for one thing.... the military loading something onto a truck and driving off with it. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Trelane 5 months ago
When you see anything titled " The (fill in the blank) Roswell" you might as well bin it with the rest of the speculative trash. These incidents are generally, usually, normally just stories that have no valid supporting documentation or evidence. Certainly no corroboration from additional outside sources that would direct further scrutiny or investigation. Just utter nonsense.
Comment icon #11 Posted by astrobeing 5 months ago
That all sounds interesting except for one thing... no name of the one single person who claimed that happened. One newspaper said "one local woman" saw this. Most reports of the incident don't even bother to include this claim.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 5 months ago
maybe a meteorite fell and caused a quake?

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