- The summer of 1971, I was working the
night shift for Conoco Oil Co. at an open pit uranium mine west of Karnes
- I was one of 6 people operating Caterpillar
657B earth movers. We were down to about 210 feet deep when this incident
happened. It was about 11:10 PM , just after shift change we were getting
ready to crank our machines, when the 85 acre pit lit up as if it was daylight.
The light was so bright that I had to squint because it hurt my eyes.
I remember hearing a high pitched hissing noise and the hair on my arms
stood on end. I was so scared, I fell to the ground and started praying.
I remember trying to look up, but the light was so bright I couldn't.
After about 2 minutes,
- the light started getting dimmer and
I could finally look up at it. What I saw amazed me. The object was round
and the bright light was coming from the center of the bottom of the UFO.
Around the perimeter of the craft was hundreds of penlight size light
beams that alternated in all colors of the spectrum. Now I know they were
laser beams. The UFO was rising up slowly at first and then went straight
up out of sight in about 10 seconds. I was crying and shaking and so was
everyone else. The other shift workers thought we were crazy when we told
them what had happened. But we got the last laugh. This is how we proved
it actually happened.
- There is a vein of uranium ore that runs
from George West Texas to almost Texarkana Texas. When determining where
to place a mine, the following steps are accomplished: (1) A geologist
with a geiger counter flies over the area and finds the highest radiation
reading. (2) Drilling trucks are sent out and core samples are drilled
to determine the highest concentration of uranium ore. These core samples
are drilled in a grid pattern and every core sample is given a tracking
number and logged in showing the concentration and amount of uranium present.
(3) The open pit mine is then laid out according to these core samples.
- When this UFO incident happened, we were
about 2 feet away from a layer of hard rock called the "tap rock"
that laid directly on top of the uranium ore. The uranium ore varied
in depth from 6 to 18 inches and had about the same brown color as low
grade coal. Two days after this incident, the tap rock was removed to
expose the uranium ore. We were astounded to find that the uranium ore
was now a chalky white substance that had NO radioactivity at all! There
was a 250 foot diameter circle of this chalky material in the center of
- Outside of the circle, the uranium ore
was still as potent as before the incident. Core samples don't lie. This
chalky material was uranium before this incident.
- Many a night I have laid in my bed thinking
about what happened. I think the UFO needed the uranium for some reason.
- Marcus Harvey Sam Rayburn Lake, TX