- (first report)
- As of the assembling of this note, newsrooms all across
this area are being flooded with calls of concern regarding an unusual
aerial spectacle seen in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati vicinity.
- One witness to the incident, a resident of Cincinnati,
informed this reporter that shortly after 7:00 p.m. while traveling northbound
on Interstate 75 from the Florence, Kentucky entrance ramp, that he and
his wife observed two "rows of lights" traveling in formation.
This formation, he informed, was "way too wide to be any airplane."
- He suspected this to be an Air Force formation of jets
that had flown low over the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.
- The duration of the sighting was between 30 to 45-seconds.
- A group of lights on the "left portion" detached
and 'moved away' from the larger formation, the witness informed. All the
lights disappeared together, into the distance.
- In response to this credible report of a large object
or group of objects sighted in the Florence, Kentucky vicinity, a call
was placed to the newsroom of 700 WLW radio [Cincinnati. The receptionist
informed that hundreds of people had seen this spectacle, and within the
last few minutes, it had been explained as a "meteor."
- The explanation, he informed, came from the airport [whose
control tower, according to the motorist, would have had a clear, full
view of the oddity] and also from "scientists," whose names were
not at his disposal.
- The oddity was seen from Indianaopolis, Indiana to Paducah,
- We'll try to stay alert for any further information on
this strange situation and keep you posted when able.
- KENNY YOUNG 8:24 p.m. November 16, 1999
- (second report)
- The newsroom of WLWT Channel 5 [NBC] was contacted, and
the employee in the news department informed that their station has been
flooded with calls regarding the unusual sighting in the skies around 7
- "We don't have a good explanation for what happened,"
he said. "At first, we thought it was part of the meteor shower, but
then we talked to a University of Cincinnati astronomer who told us that
he doesn't think this was a meteor. He thinks it was part of an old satellite
which has dropped out of orbit."
- When asked how this information is being received in
the newsroom, he said: "People all over the tri-state have called."
- "Some callers informed that part of the object broke
off from the main formation, and it looked like this was some kind of debris."
[Note: this is consistant with earlier eyewitness interview]
- The employee at the newsroom informed that people all
across the Greater Cincinnati area have been calling 9-1-1 stations in
each of their respective communities.
- "The response to this is really sensational,"
he said. "We're going to run this news story at 11, in the first block."
- Filed: Nov. 16, 1999 8:40 p.m. Kenny Young
- (third report)
- In the last half-hour I have been listening to News Radio
700 WLW, and this sighting is all they are talking about. On the Bill Cunningham
program, his guest is Bill Boshears, host of Sci-Zone radio program. Boshears
also saw the oddity, and described a 'flash' before the object appeared.
He said the sighting was "spooky."
- WKRC Channel 12 [CBS] Meteorologist Tim Hedrick was interviewed
extensively on the 9:30 p.m. newscast, and recounted his sighting of what
he initially presumed to be a 'burning aircraft.' He also told of a greenish
glow in the sky.
- They are taking many phone calls, and they are liberally
entertaining the theory that this sighting was caused by a UFO.
- Needless to say, it's really exciting around here right
- Kenny Young Nov. 16, 1999 9:46 PM
- (fourth report)
- Meteorologist Tim Hedrick was again interviewed live
on 700 WLW radio, and informed that his sighting took place at 7:03 or
- The "object," as he described, was traveling
from west to east, and looked like some sort of aircraft, like a semi-truck
with 'green flames' shooting out of it.
- John Venture of the observatory informed this was not
part of the Leonids.
- Tim Hedrick informed that a Lafayette, Indiana television
station has videotape of this, and his station, WKRC Channel 12 [CBS] in
Cincinnati, will try to gain this video from Lafayette for use on their
11:00 p.m. newscast tonight. They hope to get the signal via satellite.
- Kenny Young 9:55 p.m. November 16, 1999
- (fifth report)
- According the the 12:00 a.m. newscast on 700 WLW [Cincinnati]
radio, a University of Cincinnati astronomer, Dr. Ventry, was contacted
by the United States Space Command regarding this incident.
- Ventry told 700 WLW that the U.S. Space Command was tracking
the object, but when asked of the extent of their interest, he declined
- The newscaster stated that "a government report
on this incident will be released tomorrow."
- Kenny Young 11-17-99 12:08AM
- National UFO Reporting Center Flooded With Calls
- From Aerial Phenomena Research Organization Sightings
From <email@example.com 11-17-99
- NUFORC has received an estimated 80-100 reports numerous
eastern states tonight. We have been on the telephone for almost 3 hours
receiving reports, and we have received approximately 50 reports over our
website regarding tonight's events.
- Reports have come in from the following states: WI, MI,
OH, IN, IL, KY, TN, NY, WV, GA, and Washington, D.C.. The reports are widely
variable, ranging from single, slow-moving fireballs, to formations of
up to a dozen or more objects in seemingly precise formation.
- In addition, we have received reports from two FAA facilities,
indicating that multiple flight crews have seen extremely bizarre objects
and formations in the night sky.
- To the best of our knowledge, most of the sightings occurred
between 1900 and 1910 hrs. (EST), although one sighting was reported from
Georgia for approximately 90 minutes later.
- We do not yet know what may explain these sightings,
but they do not appear compatible with either a meteoritic event, or a
space debris re-entry event.
- I have to run...the phone is ringing again already.
- this appears to be the most dramatic event I have handled
in five years at NUFORC. However, we do not know yet what is causing the
- Peter ___ Peter B. Davenport, Director National UFO Reporting
Center PO Box 45623 University Station Seattle, WA 98145 firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.UFOcenter.com Hotline: 206-722-3000 (From 8AM to Midnight Pacific