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UFO Case Report:

Boys on camping trip report sighting UFO

Date: July 26, 1976
Location: Patesville, Kentucky, United States

Five boys were camping in a forest valley, when at around 11 p.m. one of the boys glimpsed a bright, glowing bell-shaped object traveling at fantastic speed in an east-to-west direction. The object was a glowing, golden color, and maintained an altitude of 450-500 feet'. The boys described it as emitting "sparkles" from the rear as it traversed the sky.

The object as drawn by each of the five boys.

Classification & Features

Type of Case/Report: PressReport
Hynek Classification: ND
# of Witnesses: Multiple
Special Features/Characteristics: Children

Full Report / Article

Source: Hancock County Clarion (Hawesville, KY), July 29, 1976

Boys on camping trip report sighting UFO

While earthlings viewed the surface of planet Mars the past weeks—some Martian residents may have reciprocated by scanning a portion of Hancock County. Five campers in the Patesville area recounted the following story, Monday, July 26:

Jimmy Hooper (13), Max Hooper (12), Joe Hooper (8), Mike Braswell (13), and Gary Januchowski (14), decided to camp out Sunday night in a wooded area about a mile from the (Jim) Hooper home on Route 1, Reynolds Station, which is situated a mile and a half south of Patesville. They reported they chose a small valley in a 200 acre forest as their campsite and arrived there about 8 p.m.

They found an open area some 30 yards in diameter and built a large fire to cook their evening meal. The supper was finished some time later, the fire was banked and ail had gone to bed. Ten large hickory trees, estimated to be fifty feet tall, ringed the camping area. The boys declared there was no moon, and no light was visible in any direction. The stars were out and shone brightly so they started looking for various constellations—Orion the Hunter in particular. The youngest, Joe Hooper, observed at least two "shooting stars," which cut white trails across the night sky.

Around 11 p.m. one of the boys glimpsed a bright, glowing bell-shaped object traveling at fantastic speed in an east-to-west direction. He (They) estimated its altitude at 450 to 550 feet. He (They) called the attention of the other campers to the object they (he) had sighted. From five to eight minutes later, the "craft" was seen again, going in the opposite direction from west-to-east. After a time lapse of equal duration, the object made still a third pass over the camping area. By the third time, every one of the boys had seen the object at least once. They agreed that it was a glowing, golden color, that it maintained an altitude of 450-500 feet' and traveled at incredible speed. They described it as emitting "sparkles" from the rear as it traversed the sky. It was in a flat trajectory, almost horizontal in flight, rather than an arc, as most meteorites follow when falling. All the boys admitted they were frightened at the sight of the bell-shaped object. One of the older ones said they seriously considered breaking camp and going home. The youngest said he was so scared after the third appearance he burrowed under his sleeping bag so he wouldn't see it if it came back.

One of the older campers said he remembered reading the account of the two men who were ostensibly captured and taken inside a "flying saucer" several months ago. They turned to discussing the Summer Olympics to take their minds off the incident and eventually went to sleep.

They returned to the Hooper home on Monday morning at 10:30. They recounted the story to their parents, who encouraged them to contact the Clarion.

In the course of the Monday interview, Mike Braswell recalled that he and Natalie Rosenblatt had, sighted an identical object at Windward Heights four nights before, Wednesday, July 21. Its direction was toward the country club, a westerly course.

The group remembered later that all the insect noises (crickets, Katydids, etc.) in the camping area ceased as the object passed overhead.

Gary Januchowski's mother, Pat, on Tuesday morning, declared that their family had observed such an object as the boys reported for the past 18 months. She said they had sported it three times, and the description given matched the one her family members gave.

The Januchowski home is also near Patesville.

Case ID: 418 edit: 418

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