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Really Mysterious Pennsylvania. UFOs, Bigfoot & Other Weird Encounters Casebook One


Sightings Archive — 1999

The following incidents were among the sightings of alleged UFOs and the Unusual reported to researcher Stan Gordon throughout Pennsylvania and neighboring states (when available). These cases have come to Stan Gordon’s attention from various sources. Many sightings that have already been identified as natural or manmade in origin are not listed. Some of these reports are still being investigated.

January 7, 1999

Witness reported seeing at 8:25 P.M. five lights of various colors in the sky that were making various odd maneuvers. The lights at times pursued one another, and later another group of lights displayed one object catching up to one in the front. Then the two lights suddenly backed apart from each other as if being repelled.

January 19,1999

Around 6:20 A.M., several witnesses in Mercer County observed a strange early morning glow in the sky. The people were looking north, and the entire horizon looked fiery red in color. The red glow at times seemed to get brighter and dimmer as though a huge fire was blazing in the distance. The glow was only apparent on the horizon, as no red color could be seen in the upper section of the sky. Later in the day after checking the local newspapers for a story about a fire in that area, one witness was unable to find anything that would explain what was observed. She then contacted the police to see if they knew what caused the glow. They also had no explanation. One possibility is that the people were seeing the northern lights even though I have not heard of any other sighting reports, and at least one of these observers has seen the northern lights previously, and says that this was different in appearance.

February 2, 1999
Morgantown, W.VA.

In recent months there have been numerous reports of unusual booms occurring in various locations around the country. I was informed by researcher Jim Brown, that he is investigating a report of a mystery boom that shook the Morgantown area during the afternoon on this date. Jim has provided the following preliminary report. "A loud boom was heard in the Morgantown, W.VA.. area about 1:30 P.M. on 2 Feb. 1999. The emergency center received several calls about it from Star City and the Mileground areas. No emergency vehicles were responded however. Local radio stations also received calls from areas several miles from the city. A representative from WAJR got calls from Brookhaven and Star City. I contacted the station and arranged to do call-backs on any calls they received. Several calls on the afternoon talk show were about the boom. One caller described it as a blast and stated it was heard in the Core and Westover areas as well. It was also described as "bad" in the Cassville area.

Another heard it on Point Marion road area and attributed it to a local stone quarry. In a telephone interview he commented that he felt the boom before he heard it. Another witness said it definitely was not a blast, but a sonic boom. She stated she lived near an airfield several years ago and was familiar with them. It should be noted that due to the large area the boom was heard, it is unlikely a blast was responsible since one would expect some sort of damage in the immediate area of the source. MECCA 911 reported no such damage . Weather conditions were cloudy and 45 degrees.Rain had ended about 4 hours previous. Winds at 10-15 SW.

February 8, 1999
Turtle Creek

A man working on his computer looked out the window at 1:54 A.M.and towards the southeast, he saw the entire skyline lit up like a large fire. The rosy-orange glow was pulsating brighter and dimmer. The witness observed this for 2 to 3 minutes, when suddenly in the center of the red glow, a brilliant white diamond shaped light appeared for a second "like a flash bulb going off." Instantly after this bright flash, the sky went back to normal darkness, and the fiery glow disappeared. There were no reports of any fires in that area that night.

February 9, 1999

Observer reported in the late evening looking towards the south, and observing 3 to 4 shooting stars that were moving upwards in the sky. These objects appeared 2 to 3 seconds apart, they just suddenly appeared, and flashed upwards in the sky and disappeared.

February 13-1999

E-mail report that witness had seen on three nights in the past week, during early morning hours, an odd flashbulb type effect in the sky.

February 14, 1999
Parkersburg, W.VA.

(via researcher Jim Brown.) Jim received a second hand report that a fireball was seen around 2 A.M. in the Parkersburg area. The object was described as a bright blue-white object which traveled in a northeast direction. The observation lasted about 5 seconds, then disappeared near the horizon.

February 14, 1999

Two people looking towards the Latrobe area, noticed above the Chestnut Ridge, a very bright white light moving in a circular manner. This light was extremely bright and was observed for about a minute. The witnesses are quite familiar with aircraft lights since they are close to an airport.

February 17,1999
State College

Witness was driving in a vehicle around 7 P.M., when he saw just above his windshield an object moving fast. The object was described as a blue-white light moving in a perfectly straight line from west to east across the sky. The object had no tail, and no sound was heard.

February 23, 1999
King of Prussia

A witness reported seeing a bright star-like object from the far NW section of Philadelphia, which seemed to be hovering over the King of Prussia area. The object was white, and had multiple points on it that made it appear like a Christmas ornament. What made the light interesting was the appearance of a white beam emanating from it at a 45 degree angle towards the ground. Within this beam were several thinner white thread-like structures. According to the witness, the beam and the threads appeared to come to a slight focus about 1/3 of the distance between the bright object and the ground. The size of the object was estimated at about 20 % of the size of the full moon. The time of observation was about 30 seconds. The witness is an amateur astronomer.

April 10, 1999

The witness is a law enforcement officer for a state agency who had taken a walk outside, when at about 7:40 P.M., he observed a brilliant star-like object very high in the sky. The observer said that the object looked similar to the planet Venus, which he is familiar seeing in the western sky. The sun had just set, and he thought it a little early for stars to be visible. He lined up the bright object with the corner of a building, and was able to see that the device was moving very slowly. Curious about the shiny object, he ran inside and got his 10x50 binoculars. The object was moving very slowly, and steadily from northwest to southeast. Through the binoculars, the actual shape of the object couldn’t be determined since the sun was reflecting off the body, and it was extremely bright.

What was most interesting about the sighting, was that hanging from the bottom of the brilliant object, was a long appendage that "looked like a very long pole." The witness felt that due to the very high altitude of the object, this part would have to have been very large for him to have seen it so clearly. This straight device gave the man the impression of a pendulum, since it was rotating under the object counter-clockwise, but at times would remain straight down and stop. This mechanism which appeared solid, and always remained straight (tight) was silver in color. There may have been some bumps or irregularities along the appendage. This observation lasted about 20 minutes. The witness was distracted from the object for a short time, and when he tried to locate the device again he was unable to find it. This witness has seen NWS weather balloon packages, and is sure that this wasn’t what he observed. The winds were checked for speed and direction at an altitude between 20,000-30,000 feet for that general area. The 7 P.M. observations were between 290 at 71 knots and 285 at 65 knots. So the winds would have been from the WNW at the time. Investigation continues.

April 21, 1999
West Mifflin/Pittsburgh

The observers live near the flight path of an airport and are familiar with seeing various types of aircraft at night. At about 9:15 P.M., The occupants of a car say they saw an object that was described as looking like an 1/8 slice of pizza, flying with the crust end forward. This front section was reportedly covered with numerous white non-blinking lights. The witnesses could see no other detail except the silhouette of the object against the sky. The nearly triangular shaped object was reportedly seen in the sky at the same time that an aircraft, believed to have been a commercial airliner was moving towards Pittsburgh. According to one of the viewers, the object was above the airplane, and it stopped as the aircraft continued on it’s course. Then suddenly the object began to pace the aircraft, and quickly caught up to it. During an interview, I was told that the object was then in a diagonal position with the plane. A bright beam of light was then emitted from the side of the object, and was directed on the aircraft. This beam of white light which at first was narrow, began to expand, and it reportedly completely illuminated the aircraft. Seconds later, the beam of light vanished. The witnesses at that point pulled into a driveway, and lost sight of the event, while asking another person to come outside. When the other person came out, all that could be was a bright light moving in the distance. I have sent written inquiries in an attempt to determine if any pilot reports are on record concerning this incident.

April 25, 1999
South Park/Pittsburgh

The witness is a professional who works in a scientific field. He had recently started a photography course. He was out on a photographic class project, shooting some landscape scenes, when at about 7:25 P.M. he observed a V formation of six or seven lights moving above the moon. The lights were orangish-pinkish-white in color, very luminous and non-blinking. The formation was moving slowly,and the last lights were observed at 7:35 P.M. The witness did take some photographs of the strange lights, and is awaiting development of the film.

April 28, 1999

Witness observed a brilliant green fireball over the city at 12:22 A.M., and says that he has never seen anything like this before in his 25+ years of stargazing. The object was a brilliant green, appeared round, and possibly had a short tail. It was seen for only seconds. The object was moving SSE to due North.

May 16, 1999
Between Latrobe and Greensburg, PA

Around 12:35 A.M., two people in a car observed a bright solid round white light over a hillside. As they watched, the light went down below the trees, then rose up again, and the object began to dim. They pulled the car over, and watched as the object dropped down again below the trees, but didn’t rise back up.

July through September

During July through September, 1999, there was an apparent surge of UFO sightings being reported in Pennsylvania. While some of the cases are listed below, you might want to check out the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) web site for additional reports.

July 10, 1999
Indiana County, PA

At 4:05 A.M.-Several people observed a red flash of light in the west that lit up the sky above the clouds. Immediately after the flash, two other lights appeared in the east. These lights were shaped like an hour glass, and white in color. They appeared to rise from the ground, and looked as though they touched the clouds. “On the third and final light, a huge green spotlight-type thing rose from the ground within the light and stopped in the middle and remained visible until the light disappeared.” The entire observation lasted about 10 seconds, and no sound was apparent.

July 24,1999
Pittsburgh, PA

A resident was driving her car about 11:15 P.M. in a suburb of the city, when suddenly a wide beam of white light appeared from above, and illuminated the interior of her car. The witness heard no sound, and looked up but no source for the beam could be observed. She stopped the car, and immediately got out, but the beam which lasted about 10 seconds had disappeared. No helicopters or other aircraft were heard or observed. The witness who was frightened by the experience, also mentioned that she was listening to an FM radio station at the time the beam appeared, and noticed that the radio signal faded during the occurrence.

August 12,1999 (via NUFORC)
Herminie, PA

A man and his daughter were observing the Perseid meteor shower when three lights were observed towards the north. The lights were in an L formation (one light at each point) , and were dim. The lights moved towards the northwest. This observation occurred about 3:30 A.M.

August 12, 1999
New Stanton, PA

A witness observing the meteor shower just before 5 A.M., observed a brilliant round white light in the sky. As the observer watched, the light became brighter, then shortly began to dim, then moved towards the south and continued on until it was out of sight. There was no sound from the object.

August 16,1999
Reading, PA

About 5 miles from Reading, a young man watching some birds about 2:12 P.M., reported that his attention was drawn to a silver disk shaped object high in the sky above him. The witness noticed that at the bottom of the disk, was a figure like a U that appeared dark green in color. While under observation, the object suddenly zoomed off at a high rate of speed towards the south. The witness recalled a low rumble as the object sped away, and was gone from sight in seconds.

August 16, 1999
Butler, PA

A husband and wife relaxing in a swimming pool at about 5:45 P.M., noticed in the eastern sky, a circular object which appeared to be a dull gray metallic color. At first the object was quite small and high in the sky. Soon the object began to move towards the direction of the observers, but remained at a high altitude. As the object approached, it appeared larger, and more details could be observed. It was apparent that there were actually two round or circular objects that appeared to be joined together side by side, yet giving the impression that they were individual objects. The silent objects were “like quarters on edge” and they appeared thin with little depth. The sun didn’t appear to reflect off of the objects. As the couple watched, the objects suddenly stopped, then made a sharp 90 degree turn towards the north, and moved behind a tree which blocked their view. The objects were never seen again.

August 18, 1999 (via NUFORC)
Nineveh, PA

A man and his wife at about 10:05 P.M., were driving south on Route 819 when they observed two very large triangular shaped objects about 100 feet above the ground, and about 125 feet away. Amazed by the sight, the car was stopped so that the passengers could take a better look.

The objects were moving extremely slow, and a slight humming sound could be heard. The two objects appeared to be about 100 feet long, and about 20 yards apart. The objects appeared solid, with a steady light at each corner. There appeared to be numerous rectangular windows on each object that were approximately 2x4 feet in dimension. There was light visible in the windows which gave off illumination similar to that produced from a 60 watt bulb. The objects continued to move over the hills in the distance towards the north.

August 20, 1999 (via researcher Jim Brown)
Morgantown, W.VA.

Around 2:20 A.M., Jim received a report of two lights in the sky about 4 miles south of this location. The two white lights were converging on each other, one from the east, and the other from the west. Witnesses stated that the lights were visible for about 20-30 seconds until they met at about 60 degree elevation in the northern sky. When they met, there was a brief flash of light and both shot off away from the flash, one went north the other south. They faded from view in about 2 or 3 seconds and were not seen again.

August 22, 1999
Irwin, PA

Two men at 5:45 P.M., observed a black spot in the sky in the northwest. No definite shape could be discerned, but it was observed for about 7 minutes. One of men said the object “went like hell” and moved away towards the south.

August 28, 1999
Pittsburgh, PA suburb

At 11:30 A.M. man heard a propeller noise and looked up to see a medical helicopter moving through the sky. At the same time he observed a white sphere that appeared silent. The object which appeared to be in the path of the helicopter “made an upside down V so as to get out of the way of the helicopter.” The sphere then ascended upwards in a swirling motion and continued until it was out of sight. The event was witnessed by two other individuals. About an hour later, what appeared to be the same object was seen for over a minute before it flew into the only cloud in the sky. The object was never seen again.

September 14, 1999
Washington County, PA

A witness claims to have seen as many as 12 objects that appeared white and gold in color around 9 P.M.. The objects reportedly moved up and down, and right and left in the sky for nearly 30 minutes.

September 14, 1999
Latrobe, PA

At 9:20 P.M., residents living on the top of the Chestnut Ridge reported that their dogs were carrying on unusually, and at the same time a bright white light with 5 smaller lights that were lined up vertically below it, were observed over the ridge towards Donegal. The lights were observed for about 10 minutes.

October 8, 1999
Snyder County, PA

Residents in this rural area reported seeing odd lights including 4 lights in a triangular configuration which appeared to be about 40 feet off the ground. Some of the lights appeared to move quickly almost like fireflies, and no sound could be heard. Other people up to 10 miles away also reportedly saw odd lights in the area that night.

October, 1999
Pleasant Unity, PA

Around 5:30 P.M., a family driving down a rural two lane road near this community in Westmoreland County, claimed to have seen a Bigfoot creature. At the time of the incident it was just getting dark, yet not dark enough to use the car headlights. The wife who was in the front passenger seat, was the first to notice the large figure ahead. At about 40 feet ahead of the vehicle, crossing from the right side of the road, was a hair covered, manlike creature with long arms extending below the knees. The woman stated that she had never seen anything move this quickly. The creature was stooped over, and it’s arms were swinging back and forth very quickly. As it crossed the road in three giant strides, it entered a wooded area.

The creature never looked towards the approaching vehicle. It seemed intent on crossing the road, so it was only observed from the side. No facial features could be seen. The creature was estimated to be about 6 feet tall when it was in the stooped position, and would have been much taller if it stood erect. The hair which appeared smooth, and dark reddish brown in color, seemed to cover the entire body. There did appear to be an area of longer bushy hair around the ankles and down towards the feet. The creature was very broad across the shoulders which was estimated at about 3 feet. The head was described as very large, and seemed to slope back into a cone shape. It was about 18 inches from the jaw to the peak of the head. No neck was observed. Neither sound or any odor was reported during the observation. The husband who was driving stated “It seemed to be in a hurry.

It looked human but it wasn’t. What struck me was how very fast it was and how it crossed the road, and didn’t hesitate to go into the woods on the other side. A human would probably hesitate and go looking for footing and watching their step, but this thing didn’t.”

November 11, 1999
Ligonier, PA

At 6:05 P.M. a witness reported observing a dim star-like object high in the sky. The object was moving straight across the sky at a fast pace towards the west.

November 16,1999
Many sections of Pennsylvania and numerous other states

Just after 7 P.M., there were numerous sightings of a formation of luminous objects crossing the sky. There were many sightings from ground observers, as well as from aircraft flight crews. Sightings were reported through the PA UFO Hotline, the National UFO Reporting Center, as well as to other agencies. Two men from Butler County, PA which is north of Pittsburgh had a good viewing of the objects. One of the men who provided a detailed account, thought that there were 10 to 12 solid objects which passed overhead in a staggered formation and appeared to be an equal distance apart. The silent objects which were mostly white, with some orange, and a hint of blue color, were round, had the same brightness, and kept the same speed. The sighting appears to have been the observation of a processional fireball.

December 8, 1999
Pittsburgh, PA suburb

The witness around 8:20 A.M. observed an elongated object which was described as long and flat with the sides rounded. The witness pulled off the road to observe the device which was estimated to be about 150 feet long and displayed no tail section or wings. The object itself was silver, not shiny, and the bottom of the object showed a lot of details including evenly spaced square windows. The object at first moved rapidly just slightly above the tree line. The object then glided gracefully and came to a complete stop. It suddenly blinked out and disappeared.

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