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UFO Case Report:

Object emits three discs, responds to light signals

Date: August, 1972
Location: Minnesota, United States

A family of six was returning from their vacation in the U.S. at night when they observed a UFO, which zoomed straight toward them. They used a flashlight and flashed four times — short flashes — and immediately the object flashed back four times. Three smaller discs were seen leaving the large disc.

Discs as they departed.

Classification & Features

Type of Case/Report: StandardCase
Hynek Classification: 
# of Witnesses: Multiple
Special Features/Characteristics: E-M Effects, Vehicle Interference, Interaction/Reaction, Multiple UFOs

Full Report / Article

Source: APRO Bulletin, Vol. 25 No. 2 (Aug. 1976)

The following information about a case which took place on a Saturday in August, 1972, just recently came into headquarters and is one of the more interesting cases received in the past four month period, therefore although it is somewhat dated, it was felt that our readership would like to know the details. We will quote directly from the narration of one of the witnesses (the father) but will not give his name as he has requested anonymity.

"We were returning from our vacation in the United States on Route 59 at approximately 10 p.m. when we observed a UFO. The speed at which I was driving was between 55 and 60 miles per hour. (Between Thief River Falls, Minn., and Tolstoi, Man., Canada — The Ed.)

"I noticed a very bright light in the sky to my right and mentioned it to my wife who remarked that it was a light from a radio tower or something of that nature. She was not too interested as she was suffering from a heavy summer cold. I did not bother about the light after that; I just continued to drive the station wagon and listened to the radio. My four children were all asleep in the back seat.

"After about ten minutes of driving I looked at my wrist watch and noted that it was 10 p.m. I again casually looked to my right. The bright light was still with us, only much closer now and matching the speed of the wagon. My wife was also watching it and now she was interested. We were discussing the object when it suddenly zoomed straight toward us (to the right side of the wagon). It lit up the inside of the car brighter than daylight and the children all woke up. Our youngest child was 10 years old at the time. He asked me what it was and I said that I didn't really know. It definitely was not an aircraft. I said that it looked like a flying saucer that I'd read about, to which our son replied, "Oh, good, I always wanted to see one."

"I told my youngest, Wayne, to use the flashlight and flash four times — short flashes — and immediately the object flashed back four times (short flashes). I must explain that the object completely extinguished all light four times.

"My wife then took the flashlight and sent a series of long flashes and short ones and immediately thereafter, the object did exactly the same, this time coming even closer to the car. At this time the car radio started to act up and the engine began to cough and sputter. (Mr. H. said that he personally did not observe the object at this time as he was having much difficulty in keeping the engine running and the car was losing speed — Ed.)

"Meanwhile the interior of the car grew very hot and the engine quit completely.

"I pulled onto the highway shoulder with the last bit of momentum and stopped. My children, by this time, were scared and I might add that my wife, too, was frightened. I had mixed feelings; I was scared, too, but I was also very interested.

"When I got out of the car the UFO was directly overhead. It was very bright and 1 felt a kind of prickly sensation all over my body like small electric shocks. 1 lifted the hood on the wagon and told my wife to try to start the car. What happened was that the engine would turn over but sparks would jump up from the plug leads and straight across the coil to the metal side of the car and back. I am a master mechanic and believe me, I have never seen anything like this in my life before.

"I looked down the highway and saw the lights of an oncoming vehicle. I hoped that I could get help from them. As the lights of the oncoming car got nearer, the UFO moved away at such a speed that it would be impossible to estimate or even come anywhere near it.

"I waved to the passing car but he did not stop. My wife tried to start the car again and immediately it started. I got into the driver's seat like a flash and we moved on. The UFO at this time was just a speck in the sky but as we moved on it came in again, not as close this time and my car kept going. My wife flashed our flashlight at the object again and we received the same signal back. The UFO seemed at a much safer distance now so I stopped the car to get a better look at it.

"My wife and children at this point saw three smaller discs leave the large disc (see illustrations), one of which went north, another south and the third one went east. When the UFO left us, it gave a sort of wobble and then left an an incredible speed, diminishing to nothing in perhaps not even a couple of seconds." In conclusion, Mr. Hall states: "We watched the object for two hours and we were never harmed in any way. The object just stayed still in the night sky. I must describe my feelings as I stood there looking at the magnificent machine that I am sure must have traveled from another world and who knows how far? I must make a point that after we were again on our way, my wife, who most of the time was very quiet, suddenly said that her cold was completely gone and that she felt really good."

Case ID: 347 edit: 347

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