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Aliens did it...
... and ran away

The Kecksburg UFO Incident is a UFO report/sighting based in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, but having witnesses as far away as Ontario. It can also be referred to as the new Roswell, having happened in 1965, instead of 1947.

OK, so, what happened?[edit]

In the early morning hours of December 9th, 1965, witnesses in six states (including Michigan and Ohio) and Ontario saw a bright object streak across the sky, sporadically shedding debris along the way, and finally crashing in the woods of Kecksburg. Some reported hearing and feeling a "thump" as the alleged object crashed.

What was it?[edit]

An alleged photo of the Kecksburg object being confiscated by the US military.[1]

It was reported by the press as, and generally assumed to be, a meteor.[2] However, explanations of the object's origin range from a failed test plane, the burning debris of the [3] failed Soviet Venus probe, and finally, to an alien spacecraft. It was said that the object was acorn-shaped, and the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. It also was said to have hieroglyphic-like writing. It is easy to conceive that Cyrillic writing could be confused with Egyptian hieroglyphics, especially when dealing with the average American. It is especially easy to conceive that the millitary's "move along, nothing to see here!" approach added to the flames of the conspiracy fire. Given that this was during the height of the Cold War, it cannot be easily ruled out that it was, in fact, a Soviet test craft, or a meteor; as no credible, reliable source will tell you that the object is alien in origin.


  1. Because super top secret stuff is always put on a truck with a yellow emergency flasher that didn't exist in 1965, left uncovered and unguarded in broad daylight, and photographed only with the lowest quality film stock
  2. Kecksburg 'UFO' continues to draw interest Daily Courier
  3. Cosmos 96