- CARTERET, NJ - Peter Davenport, Chuck Warren, WABC, CNN,
and New Jersey FM 101.5 have reported that a large UFO was sighted near
the Newark Airport on July 15, 2001. Numerous large bright lights were
reported in a flying triangle pattern moving above the New Jersey Turnpike
around 12:30 AM on Sunday morning July 15, 2001. Peter Davenport received
several reports from witnesses to a cluster of an estimated 15 to 30 golden,
or orange, lights hovering and moving slowly near Newark. The witnesses
were traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike. Witnesses had asserted
that upwards of 100 cars were seen stopped on the highway, and many of
their occupants were standing outside the vehicles, apparently watching
the peculiar, V-formation of lights. The Newark Star Ledger carried an
article about the alleged incident in its July 16 issue, and it reports
that the police department in Carteret, NJ, located just to the southeast
of Newark Airport, received dozens of calls about the incid! ent. In addition,
CNN TV-affiliate station, WNY, in New York City covered the sighing. Peter
and Chuck contacted me and notified me that New Jersey FM 101.5 carried
the story on the news beginning each hour. Many callers to the station
reported seeing a huge object.
- Some eye witnesses claim to have seen a structure, others
did not. Astronomers claimed there was no meteorite activity. FAA claimed
no aircraft were airborne in the area. Some of the witnesses were emotionally
shaken by the event, although the nature of it is yet to be determined.
The sighting of a flying triangle UFO was shown on New York City TV station
WNBC-TV and several other New York stations. The sighting was reported
and videotaped by a Carteret Police Officer. The video was shown and the
police officer along with several town residents including the Mayor were
- The video was of excellent quality and showed a dark
triangular shaped object against a brighter nighttime sky. The object
had bright white lights on each corner. It was moving too slowly to be
identified as a meteor and NASA confirmed that it was not space debris.
Its movements and lighting configuration were also not consistent with
aircraft. David Stich, who was interviewed by the Newark Star Ledger,
said, "He saw the bursts of light from those flares didn't look to
him like spotlights or anything else he could recognize."
- I interviewed the Right Reverend, Chubenko (who has higher
rank than Monsignor in the Ukrainian Church) by phone who also saw the
object. He sent me the following e-mail. I wanted to report this sighting,
since it occurred at approximately 12:45 AM July 15, 2001, over the town
of Carteret, New Jersey. I am an Orthodox Ukrainian priest -- and my son
(who is a funeral director was going out on a death call) gets in touch
with me via his cell phone at about 12:40 and tells me I need to get dressed
quickly and come outside. He was just getting ready to get on to the New
Jersey Turnpike when he saw a huge collection of lights numbering about
30 + over the town of Carteret, and, specifically over the "Carteret
Shoprite Shopping Center."
- I immediately put on a pair of shorts and slippers and
went outside. By this time, my son was standing in front of the rectory
(which is aside of the church) and was pointing to the series of lights
moving in an easterly direction towards Staten Island. The Lights were
arrayed in a series of triangular forms, but I only counted 13 or 14 lights.
I say 13 or 14 because I was so taken by them that I didn't want to take
my eyes off of them to count them twice. The entire group of lights was
moving from right to left (east) and totally in unison. As they were moving,
a light would "drop" a "new" light from it (less intense
than itself) and the "new" light would fade away. Immediately
after that, the light that just "dropped" the new light would
also fade out. This happened about five times as the collection of lights
continued to move. As the entire sequence of lights continued to move
behind the buildings to my immediate left, I had to move to our parking
lot to see them and as I did, I began to lose sight of the group of lights
until there was only one light and then none at all!
- This was the strangest phenomenon I have ever seen.
I estimate that the lights were no more than 3-4000 feet above the town.
I am a private pilot, so I have a little idea of height and some sense
of distance in the sky. These lights made absolutely no noise and moved
with such precision that they resembled a huge craft, yet I get the sense
that they were individual lights and not one large craft. They definitely
were not a meteor shower as a neighbor of mine neither yelled to me nor
were they stars moving. They were a "calculated" series of high
intensity lights moving in a specific direction. At this point, I can
only call them UFO's and that they definitely were. I only wish I knew
what they were doing here? If anyone else saw them or can explain their
purpose, I certainly would be interested in hearing about it.
- Thanks to Rt. Rev. Taras Chubenko, Pastor, St. Demetrius
Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral 645 Roosevelt Ave. Carteret, NJ 07008.
- The sky was totally clear - ! no wind - stars were visible
in the sky as well as approaching aircraft to Newark. There were no aircraft
in the vicinity of the "lights" and my son commented that the
airplanes which were on approach to Newark airport were lower than usual.
Thanks to Rt. Rev. Taras Chubenko.
- Editor's Note: I had a long talk with Father Chubenko
who is an excellent witness and was also trained as an electrical engineer.
He estimated the lights were 400 to 500 yards apart and connected to the
same object, since they did not change their relative position and brightened
and dimmed together. It looked like a huge triangle of lights. I asked
if the lights might be flares dropped from aircraft? He felt this was
impossible because the lights brightened and dimmed in a synchronized operation.
It was obvious all the lights were connected to the same object. Multiple
witnesses also claim they do not believe these were parachute flares, blimps,
or other similar phenomena. I'm driving up to interview several witnesses
tomorrow and trying to get a copy of the videotape made by Carteret Police.
- Thanks to Peter Davenport and Chuck Warren.http://www.UFOcenter.com