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Selected Historical Massachusetts Sightings

Lowell October 26, 1846

On October 26, 1846, a big luminous flying disc reportedly dropped a lump of "fetid-smelling jelly" over Lowell. Allegedly, the mass was retrieved and was found to weigh 442 lbs. and measured 4 feet in diameter.

Bedford May 4, 1960

Charles S. Oates, chief technician at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and his wife were witnesses to a strange 5-minute UFO event. First, two luminous lines appeared in the sky. The couple then saw a bright red spherical UFO hovering in the East. As they watched, it began to move in an eastern direction and pulse white and red. The couple tried to summon other planetarium staff before the UFO was gone but were unsuccessful.

Woburn September 12, 1961

This case had one witness, a mason contractor. He wrote: "The evening sky was clear and I was looking towards the heavens when I saw a beautiful bluish streak crossing from East to West at about 50° to 60°. A tree got in the way of the sighting but I picked it up right away - only the color now appeared a bright orange - the object was too far to identify, and because of its speed, I knew it was an unusual craft. The sighting lasted about 6 or 7 seconds."

North Wilmington September 17, 1961

At about 7:15 p.m. on the night of September 17, 1961, a teacher saw a very bright white sphere, the size of a grapefruit, moving rapidly in an eastern direction.

Woburn March 25, 1962

A concrete and brick mason building a chimney on the rooftop of a new home took four Polaroid photographs of a UFO during a 40-50 second sighting. The pictures were overexposed and the images were faint, but in one photo the object can be seen as perfectly circular with a smaller circular marking in the center.

Burlington May 15, 1962

Project Blue Book File #7927 contains 2 photos of a disc-shaped object in the sky. No other information is available. The pictures were published in Brad Steiger's book "Project Blue Book".

Burlington June 19, 1963

"An unidentified white light was observed descending, changing color; finally appeared silvery. The UFO then circled the area, disappearing behind objects on the visible horizon." - Richard Hall, "The UFO Evidence" pg.140

Chelmsford October 17, 1966

At 9:05 p.m., two witnesses watched a UFO fly directly overhead. They described the object as appearing as two extremely bright red lights with a string of dim bluish white lights in between them. No structure could be seen but the lights moved in a way that suggested they were attached to an unseen object.


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