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||November 14 1974 a ufo was said to have crashed into a small lake in the town of Carbondale Pa. Three days later the authorities recovered a battery powered railroad latern from the lake which they claimed was the ufo. Was it a hoax or the real thing? Was there a cover-up?|
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Excerpts from The Scranton Tribune
Carbondale police clamped a lid of secrecy around the Russell Park area early this morning after persons reported seeing a strange light in the area possibly from a UFO-type object. A call was made to Forrest City police for a geiger counter at 1:30 am this morning. Carbondale officials also were in touch by phone with the government UFO information center in the Midwest.
A short time later, Dottle said a few youths told police they saw the object come from Salem mountain and land in the pond which is located by the old DeAngeles Colliery. Once in the water, it began to radiate a mysterious glow. Several attempt by the police to retrieve the mysterious object with grappling hooks and a net proved fruitless and at 3:00 am, they accidentally covered the object with debris from the pond. He than ruled out the possibility the object could have been a meteorite for two reasons: A meteorite would have fizzed out on impact with the water and it would not give off a glow. (Dr Allen Hynek) When asked if it could be a part of a satellite, he did not dismiss the possibility but said that the glowing would still remain a mystery. Due to the possibility someone might injury themselves Dottle completely sealed the area and called for the Civil Air Patrol for guard duty
Carbondale authorities tried to put the lid on the case at a 6 PM news conference at city hall. The official verdict: It was a hoax. Some one called police Saturday at 7 PM and said they saw bright lights shoot over a mountain , hoover over a pond and then drop 500 feet into the water. Before investigators got to the scene, the pranksters allegedly dropped the lighted lantern into the pond. A popular (theory) one is that the five youngsters who made the first calls to the police were in two groups in two different areas. In the minutes after the first report, there were several other calls making it believable that if it were a hoax, it was a complicated one. There were reports that policemen tried to put a net on the glowing object described by one investigator as two feet in diameter, on Sunday morning but that it slipped from the webbing and fell deeper in the pond where it was covered by mud an debris. Another spectator said the object moved when it was shot at by a Carbondale officer. Dottle (acting police chief.) said late Monday that no one fired at the source of the light. And the youngsters who started it all early Saturday night were sticking to their story evan after a barrage of questioning by police and news reporters from as far as away as Philadelphia.
There is still rampant speculation in the general public, however , that the full story of the UFO has yet to told. This skepticism has even affected us here at The Miner , as part of our staff firmly maintains that there's still something up there. The credibility of the Carbondale officials is being questioned by a large segment of the public that is convinced that the lantern was planted in the pond in order to diminish the public curiosity.
Excerpts from unknown newspaper
The two-day long UFO incident began Saturday night around 7 PM, when three teenage boys heard a noise in the sky. the boys, Bill Lloyd, his brother John, and Robert Gillette, the noticed a red ball coming from over Salem Mountain. It reportedly hovered over the DeAngelis Breaker pond and then plunged into the pond. About 9 PM Carbon- dale police investigated the incident after several phone calls. Arriving at the scene Patrolman John Barbaro and Joseph Jacobina observed a glowing object in the water about 20 feet from the shore line. Maintaining the vigil were police and members of Carbon- dale and Scranton Civil Air Patrol. At that time , he also noted that both NORAD and NASA had talked with the Carbondale police and that they reported that they knew of no satellite or other airborne objects which were missing(Robert D Barry,20th Century U.F.O. Research Investigation Center.) It was at 2:30 PM that Mark Stamey of Syracuse N.Y. entered the water in his scuba diving gear. The boat made its way to the spot where the glowing light was seen Sat night and early Sun morning by witness. Stamey made several dives into the murky water. At about 2:35 he handed members of the boat crew the lantern he had found in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Excerpts from The Scranton Times
Three teen-agers said they were walking about three blocks away from the silt pond when they heard a whirring sound in the sky above them. They looked up and saw a red ball crossing over Salem Mountain from the east and it was emitting sparks until it hoovered over the silt pond and then plunged about 500 to the water.The Gilltte boy said it turned the color of a bright star before it fell. Still considering the matter a hoax and thinking the light may be flashlight patrolman Jacobina took out his service pistol and fired. Jacobina said he failed to hit the object. The Gillette boy said the object moved when it was shot at. Two Wayne County deputy sheriffs told acting Chief Dottle Sunday afternoon they"knew what the object is." they declined to elaborate but note they had similar things happen recently in Wayne County
Mr Barry told reporters " three witness reported to us that the UFO came from an easterly direction over Salem Mountain, landed in the middle of the pond...... He did not say it crashed into ,he said it landed in the middle of the pond to approx 25 feet from shore. He added,"we have 3 witnesses that saw it in flight and two witness saw it in the pond moving to where it finally stopped. When a reporter questioned Mr. Barry on the credibility of the witnesses, he replied "because they are teen-agers doesn't mean they're not credible witnesses". " I'd say 15 min elapsed between splashdown and the time I got here . I stayed there until 3:25 in the morning. The glow seemed to dim, then less intense, then brighter. I'd say it took 5 min to complete a cycle. It pulsated very slowly. You could just about see it at its lowest point." This witnesses was older than the youngsters who first told police about the object.