- HOVERING FIREBALL -- RUNNING SPRINGS,
CA (Case Solved)
- Running Springs, CA... June 17, 1998,
10:00 PM, Peter Davenport, Director of the National UFO Reporting Center,
received a call that a huge Green Fireball was seen by a Running Springs
student hovering over Highway 330. With his center located in Seattle,
Washington, Peter Davenport handed off the case to Jerry Glass, the State
Section Director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Riverside County,
and in turn, Glass immediately alerted MUFON San Bernardino State Section
Director, Cinde Costello, who agreed to a joint field investigation.
- Glass reports, in addition to the original
caller, several eyewitnesses have reported seeing a huge Hovering Green
Fireball. If you would like to report a UFO/ET Sighting or an event related
to the Running Springs, please contact MUFON at: 909-421-1887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 6/17/98 -- Highway 330 - 4:00 PM, Dr.
Kathryn Leeman, a psychologist who resides in Running Springs, sees unusual
military helicopter traffic flying between Running Springs and Norton AFB
(which remains open for Civil air traffic; however, Norton AFB military
operations are now officially closed).
- 6/17/98 -- Highway 215 - 9:00 PM, San
Bernardino, standing outside of a church near the university, Mike Womelsdorf,
a former Marine, John (last name withheld), an on-duty officer with the
San Bernardino Police Department, and an unnamed witness, see a Green Fireball,
Womelsdorf describes as bright as a "stadium in the sky" and
heading north toward Big Bear.
- 6-17-98 -- Highway 330 - 9:30 PM, student
(name withheld), studying to be a Forensic Medical Examiner, her son and
boyfriend, traveling up Highway 330 at the 5000' level, reported seeing
a huge, blinding, bright Green Fireball hovering above a building she described
as the Running Springs Fresh Water Pumping Plant. Boyfriend reported two
smaller Red Orbs hovering near the primary object. Her sighting, which
took place while she drove, lasted 30 seconds.
- 6-18-98 -- San Bernardino - 3:00 AM,
John (SB PD), coming off duty, wakes up Mike Womelsdorf and points out
Green Fireball with two Red Objects along side.
- 6-18-98 -- San Bernardino - 3:00AM, Abel
(last name withheld), while delivering newspapers, sees the Green Fireball
with three Red Orbs hovering in the pass outside of Highway 330. Abel,
close to home, reported that he raced home, awoke his wife, grabbed his
camcorder and at 40th Street and Del Rosa Ave. VIDEO TAPED the Green Fireball
(Glass suggests, if you are video taping a bright object at night, use
the manual setting on your camcorder). Abel and wife further stated they
then encountered another witness (as yet unnamed) who also saw the Fireball,
both 9:00 PM and again at 3:00 AM. Abel's wife stated that they saw the
Fireball from 3:00 AM until 4:30 AM.
- 6-18-98 -- Highway 330 - 3:00 PM, Dr
Kathryn Leeman traveling north at the 3000' level reportedly passed a military
convoy of six trucks carrying troops.
- 6-25-98 -- 7:30 PM, Jerry Glass calls
to schedule an interview. He is told by the student, that she, her son
and boyfriend returned to the site and actually VIDEO TAPED the Fireball!
The student described it as 200' in diameter with several Orange Orbs hovering
nearby. Witness further stated, she captured the Fireball on tape changing
colors. However, witness was unclear as to the exact date and time the
object was taped, and told Glass the time and date stamp did not appear
on the video. Student made an appointment for Sunday, but later re-called
Glass and changed her appointment to Saturday.
- 6-27-98 -- 1:30 PM, at a restaurant in
Highland, CA, Glass waited for the student, but she failed to show up.
At 2:00 PM, Cinde Costello called. Student indicated that Highway 330 was
closed making it impossible for her to keep the appointment. She rescheduled
her with Cinde Costello later in the day at Costello's home, but once again,
she did not follow through.
- 6-28-98 -- 9:00 PM, Cinde Costello was
contacted by Mike Womelsdorf and told about additional witnesses to the
events on June 17th., including other Church members, ushers and his Pastor.
- 6-29-98 -- Cinde Costello contacted the
CHP and Cal-Trans. Both reported that at no time over the weekend was Highway
330 closed. This left MUFON with no other choice but to invalidate the
- 6-30-98 -- 3:30 PM - Cinde Costello reports,
Gi, the dispatcher at the SB Sheriff's Sub-station in Twin Peaks, locates
the following transcript within her records -- it reads: "0243 AM,
June 18, Notice to shoot 4-5 rounds within the next hour at Manzanita Road
crossing Mistletoe in the Fredalba area. TK Products."
- 7-1-98 -- Cinde Costello contacts the
Running Springs Fire Department. They reported: "between 1800hrs (6PM)
Wednesday June 17 to 0600hrs (6 AM) Thursday June 18, 1998 (a company named)
PK Productions was filming on location."
- PRELIMINARY CONCLUSIONS: Based on Abel
and wife's 1 - 1/2 hour duration sighting of a stationary object, and the
production company's posted timetable, MUFON's Glass and Costello currently
believe witnesses viewed PK Productions filming on the mountain.
7-2-98 -- 1:51 PM - Ron Regehr, MUFON Orange County's
Assistant State Director writes Glass the following e-mail: "I have
two witnesses to the Running Springs incident. Right now, they only want
to talk to me (friends of the family) and then only face-to-face -- no
telephone. I've known them for 25+ years and they're this affaid of speaking!
More to you you when I get more news."