- Report By Doug Yurchey
- It was a warm December night in 1965. I was 14 years
old and my cousin John was 12 years old as we left my house to sneak a
few cigarettes down the alley. We lived in the suburban community of Bridgeville;
12 miles southwest of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We came to this
lithographic building which had a loading dock in the back. It was the
perfect place to sit and smoke in secret. We knew we had to leave soon.
The time was getting late into the evening. But, before we made our way
back to my house:
- Something pierced the night's sky over my left shoulder.
Our heads turned to the left and our eyes could not help but notice a bright
ball of light! Both John and I were stunned. Our mouths dropped. The object
was about the size of a full moon and it trailed sparks or little bits
of light. The odd thing about it was the thing did not fall straight down.
The UFO went laterally; sideways; almost up! Whatever this was...it could
not have been a meteor. A shooting star (or space debris) falls down. A
natural object does not move horizontally. Meteors do not go up.
- There was no sound. We could not tell its distance from
us since the object appeared just like a big dot of light. This was no
saucer with lights or any kind of features. The entire sighting lasted
for approximately 5 seconds. Then, the object passed over the southern
hill; behind the trees of what was called Cook School hill.
- John and I immediately reacted. We ran to my house very
excited. My father, an old skeptic, thought we were crazy. UFOs were not
a part of his belief-system. Nevertheless, I convinced him to drive us
up to the top of the hill and check to see if anything came down there.
At the time, my cousin and I thought the thing could have hit somewhere
around Cook School. My father humored us and drove us around. We saw nothing
strange. This convinced my dad that there was nothing to this UFO business.
'Ah, UFOs' he would say and had a good laugh at my expense.
- Thirty-eight years had passed. I don't smoke cigarettes
anymore. I had seen a number of UFOs in my life. When looking back at the
past, I almost did not put this experience in with those other unexplainables.
Probably, the reason was it did resemble a close meteor fall. I assumed
this was merely a natural event and was nothing extraterrestrial.
- Very recently, on television's Sci-Fi Channel, they showed
previews of ' Kecksburg Exposed.' This was a 2-hour special hosted by
- I looked forward to this because they were calling it
the 'new Roswell' and it happened in the Pittsburgh area; my home town.
Minutes into the show, my mouth dropped (as it did 38 years ago) and I
said 'Oh, my freaking God.' I saw the
- I certainly should have heard of this event and I'm a
little ashamed that I'm not that up on UFO history. Actually, I'm glad
that I didn't put 2 and 2 together before this point because that would
have lessened the revelation that occurred during the documentary. The
most compelling factors in the show that led me to conclude I saw it was:
1) This was the time I had my sighting; late one warm December night in
Kecksburg is 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh; Bridgeville is 12 miles
southwest of Pittsburgh. The object moved south and it appeared to us to
pass over the southern hill. 3) The UFO, according to all reports, did
look similar to a meteor.
- In an old newsreel film, an interviewer asked a very
Kecksburg resident: 'What did it look like?' The boy answered: 'A star
on fire.' A street in the small farming town of Kecksburg was named METEOR
Street because of this encounter with the object. People who were able
to get a good look at it said that it was acorn-shaped. An acorn monument
was erected in the town and stands to this day.
- The first reports came out of Canada and the thing in
the night's sky continued southward. The UFO buzzed the Pittsburgh area
and turned...which, of course, indicates that it was not a natural phenomena.
Thousands of reports flooded into news agencies. KDKA received hundreds
of calls alone. If I was only mature enough, I would have searched through
newspapers the next day. This would have told me that my cousin and I were
not alone in our observation.
Kecksburg was another Roswell because the military was dispatched. Once
more...government agents, soldiers, Men in Black converged on a small American
town. Guns were pointed at citizens; people's lives were threatened; there
were 'radiation' scares; and authorities told people to lie. People witnessed
that federal 'suits' seemed to give orders to the military.
- This convergence of government officials does not happen
when a meteor falls to Earth. Of course, there are those that will say
the Kecksburg UFO was a piece of Soviet intelligence...and that was the
reason for military intervention. The same was said about Roswell.
- A large, flatbed truck was seen entering the wooded area
where the thing seemed to come to a soft landing. The truck was empty when
it went in and covered when it left. To this day, the Kecksburg controversy
rages on as townspeople are divided as to what really occurred. Some deny
the fallen object and that feds made any appearance at all. Others claim
to have had been in direct contact with government intimidation.
- This writer is very pleased that something did happen
. I wish my father was alive so I could tell him that I was not crazy.
Or...look dad; there are many others that are just as crazy as I am.
- Report by Doug Yurchey
- Permission granted to post report and name of the witness.
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