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

 

Sightings Archive — 2005


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 2, 2005
Westmoreland County

This sighting borders the Chestnut Ridge where many Bigfoot sightings have been reported in past years. This witness is an experienced deer hunter who around 6:30 P.M. on this date, was visiting some relatives and packing up his vehicle to return home. It was almost dark, but there was some remaining light in the distant sky. The witness heard loud crashing and the sound of brush snapping in a field about 40 feet away across the road.

The man crossed the road thinking at first that it might be a large deer. At first he heard nothing, but a short time later he caught sight of a very large man-like figure towards his left walking through a field. The witness could see that the figure had huge arms that swung easily as it continued walking up the hill. The witness estimated that the creature was about 100-150 feet away when he first observed it. At one point the creature appeared to look in his direction.

The witness was intrigued over the amount of distance the creature covered in its stride. The head of the creature appeared to be possibly cone shaped and no neck was apparent. The estimated height of the creature was between 7 and 9 feet tall, and the estimated weight was about 500 lbs. The creature was covered with dark brown or black hair and was very broad shouldered. The arms were long and hung down to around the knees. The creature was observed for about 60-90 seconds as it continued to move up into the Chestnut Ridge.

January 7, 2005
Waterford, PA (Erie County)

(NUFORC) The witness was driving when he observed some colored lights in the trees ahead. The lights were about 100 feet above the ground, were silent and motionless. The driver stopped the vehicle, and was able to hear a low roaring noise as the object took off towards the north. The object had a non-blinking red light at what was thought to be the front, a red blinking light at the back, and a white steady light at the bottom of the object. The exact shape wasn't determined.

January 27, 2005
Corsica, PA

(NUFORC) Around 7:30 P.M., a bright oblong object was seen in the sky. The object was estimated to be about 100 feet high and 50 feet wide. There were rays of light illuminating a large section of the rural area. The object was said to have hovered below a tall radio tower.

January 27, 2005
State College, PA

(NUFORC) The witness about 8 P.M., reported 6 diamond shaped craft with red, blue, and white flashing lights. The objects were silent and moved around in the sky for about 30 minutes.

February 1, 2005
Clarks Summit, PA

(NUFORC) Witnesses reported a triangular craft that split into three separate silent craft that were illuminated, and which sped off into the sky and were lost from sight.

February 2, 2005
California, PA

Around 4:40 P.M. a witness was traveling in the vicinity of the toll booth entrance when her attention was drawn to something huge and black in the sky. The witness watched as the object made a left turn swoop and soon realized that this wasn't an airplane but a giant bird. The body was described as jet black in color, and the wings were comparable in length to that of a small airplane. The witness pulled off the road, and watched the huge creature fly around for a few minutes.

February 14, 2005
Elk County

The Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society (PBS) is investigating a possible Bigfoot encounter which occurred on Route 555 near the town of Benezette, PA. A man and his two sons were traveling to their hunting camp at about 11 A.M. when they reported seeing a tall creature, covered in dark hair, with reddish eyes, standing near the side of the highway. The family was astonished by what they saw, and after passing the creature, they decided to turn around and go back to take another look. The creature had apparently entered the nearby woods, and wasn't seen again.

February 15, 2005
Shartellsville, PA

About 8:30 P.M. the witness was traveling on Route 78. There are 5 communication towers in that area, and above them the driver observed a series of lights that were white with an orange tint. There were about 6 to 8 lights, that would go on and off on a regular pattern. The witness described the light configuration as straight across but at a circular angle. This person travels that area frequently, and never saw strange lights such as these in the area.

February 15, 2005
Harrisburg, PA (Near Indiantown Gap)

(Via NUFORC which received a 2nd report from the same general area this and time.) Sighting occurred about 8:45 P.M., when the witness saw what she first thought was a low flying silent aircraft. What was observed were 3 bright amber and white lights almost straight. The lights moved rapidly over a building, then appeared to hover for a few seconds. Suddenly the lights were in a vertical pattern, then all split off in different directions and were lost from sight.

February 17, 2005
Shartellsville, PA

During the evening, a driver traveling near marker 20, observed a bright orange light in the sky. A short time later, a second orange light, one brighter than the other suddenly appeared. The one light above the other grew larger in size, the other remained the same. Suddenly they both vanished from sight.

February 17, 2005
Fayette County

Person reported seeing a bright light which appeared low in the woods. The family dog at that time appeared frightened, and ran into the house.

March or early April, 2005-Smithfield, PA-(This information is courtesy of UFO researcher Jim Brown who interviewed the witness)-The sighting occurred about sundown as a man was taking a walk to look at a work site. Suddenly, about 300 feet distance, he noticed a brilliant light move from a pond area, over some trees and cross the road ahead. The object was very bright, and was giving off light as it moved. At that point the man lost sight of the odd light. It was around 10 seconds later when a 2nd similar light appeared, and followed the same path as the first one. Minutes later, he saw both lights fly from the woods back, and diving down towards the pond. The witness saw no indication that the lights had gone into the pond once he was able to find a better observation point.

Five minutes later the two lights flew passed again. It was getting darker outside, and the witness was preparing to head home. According to the witness as told to Jim Brown, "Just then one light came from out of the woods. It started over the road like it did last time only this time it stopped over the road like it saw me standing there. It hovered a second, then the other one came out of the woods and joined it. Almost as soon as the second one got there, both of them flew off much faster than they had been before. They went under the railroad bridge. Not over it, under it, mind you. That was the last I saw them."

The witness described the objects as glowing and white in color, football shaped and a little larger than a football in size. The objects appeared to be giving off light since the sun was down when he observed them. The witness said that it took about 3 or 4 seconds for the objects to cross the road. He estimated that they were moving about 40 to 50 miles per hour. The objects were about 100 feet above the ground, but were much lower when they passed under the bridge. The bridge is only about 14 feet high.

April 14, 2005
York, PA

(Via NUFORC) 5 A.M., Witness saw a disk falling from the sky. Object was spinning, silver in color, no smoke or contrail, then disappeared into the clouds.

April 14, 2005
Sunbury, PA area

(Via NUFORC) Witness was a passenger on a commuter airlines flight from White Plains, N.Y. to Pittsburgh. At about 15,000 feet the witness observed what appeared to be a stationary light blue, oval shaped object with silver protrusions.

April 15, 2005?
Irwin, PA

Around noon, observer saw a gold colored object high in the sky which appeared to be making a wide circular movement for a period of time.

April 17, 2005
Erie,PA

(Via NUFORC) Witness reported that around 3:30 A.M. strange lights were observed which started out like smoke forming into a swirling counter clockwise vortex with light bluish-gray color. It lit up a small area behind some trees, but slowly intensified then disappeared.

April 29, 2005
Cheltenham, PA

(Via NUFORC) Around 11 P.M. witness reported large disc which moved from one direction to another quickly.

May 7, 2005
Warminster,PA

Via NUFORC) At 11:55 P.M. the witness looking southeast saw a bright neon-green light angle toward the ground low in the sky (about a 60 degree angle) at a fast rate of speed.

May 9, 2005
Greensburg, PA

About 12:15 A.M. from a vantage point behind the Westmoreland Mall, witness reported seeing a large solid bright light which was pale green in color. The large light dropped straight down from the sky towards the east. The witness heard no sound, and was certain that what he saw was not a meteor.

May 9, 2005
Carlisle, PA

(Via NUFORC) About 3 A.M. the witness was sitting on the front porch when it was noticed that the dog was becoming very upset and appeared to want to go inside. The witness noticed at the same time that his head and hair was tingling. The witness looked upward and observed a bright green object, circular in the center, with pointed (wings) off to each side. The silent object appeared to be about a 1,000 feet in altitude. The object was moving slowly from north to south.

May 11, 2005
Selinsgrove, PA

(Via NUFORC) The witness at 11:25 P.M. observed fireball move from southeast to northeast then go out of sight. Soon 2 more similar objects appeared in the northwest. One moved southeast and the other northeast. About 7 minutes after these objects had disappeared, 2 jets flew by seeming to chase the crafts.

May 18, 2005
Washington County, PA

Witness familiar with wildlife reported seeing a huge white bird in a wooded area with an extremely large wingspan.

May 18, 2005
Curwensville, PA

At about 11:30 P.M. witnesses observed an object which was high up in the sky. The object which had green, blue, and white blinking lights dropped down from the sky, then suddenly burst into a bright fireball. The object moved to the left and right, then rose high into the sky again where lights were observed. It then dropped again in altitude, then burst into a fireball as had occurred before. This strange aerial activity reportedly kept occurring for about 45 minutes before the object disappeared.

May 20, 2005
Russelllton, PA

(Via NUFORC) Unusual object was seen on Bakerstown road in Culmerville moving east towards Tarentum at 9:05 P.M.

May 20, 2005
Plains, PA

(Via NUFORC) Sighting at 9: 20 P.M. star-like object traveling straight down then vanished was observed 2 to 4 minutes.

June 2, 2005
Rahns, PA

(Via NUFORC) At about 3 P.M., witness was traveling on Rt. 113 just before the intersection of Rt. 29. As driver was going down the hill, 3 red objects appeared from what appeared to be one source. The objects all disappeared at the same time. They were shaped something like a potato and no sound was heard.

June 16, 2005
New Brighton, PA

(Via NUFORC) Witnesses at 10:30 P.M. saw flashing, color changing lights and explosions in the sky.

June 18, 2005
Allison Park, PA

From 6:10 until 7:08 P.M., witnesses observed a bright light high in the sky towards the east. The object which appeared to be motionless, seemed as though it may have been shimmering from the low sun. The witness thought it possible that the object was emitting light itself. The actual shape of the object was hard to determine. At times it appeared like a sphere, yet sometimes more cylinder shaped. During the observation, the object was drifting quite slowly towards the south. The object gradually began to fade in brightness and moved further away and was lost from sight.

June 21, 2005
Rimersburg, PA

(Via NUFORC) At 11:15 P.M. witness reported seeing a circular pattern of lights which pulsed from red to bright yellow in color. The lights hovered over the trees behind the house of the witness.

June 23, 2005
Brownsville, PA

(Via NUFORC) The observers were at a drive in theater, when at about 11:01 P.M. they saw a single white light movin g along with 2 dimmer dots in a triangular formation headed southeast. The triangular configuration was shorter on the back half and was moving slowly across the sky. The lights were white in color and non-blinking.

June 24, 2005
Bobtown, PA

(Via NUFORC) About 10:45 P.M., fast moving point of light preceeds large slow triangular object.

June 26, 2005
Levittown, PA

(Via NUFORC) Witness was swimming outside when a small dark oval shaped object was observed motionless in the eastern sky. The object soon began to rise higher on the horizon and move to the right behind a tree.

July 7, 2005
Tidioute, PA

(Via NUFORC) Witnesses saw a silent triangular shaped object moving NNW about 10:30 P.M. The object had a large white beam in the front like a headlight beam. There were white lights on the side which gave the triangular shape, and a flashing red light in the center of the object.

July 11, 2005
Indiana, PA

(Via NUFORC) The witness was outside in a pool when he observed 7 lights in a boomerang shape floating through the sky. There were 3 dim white steady lights on each side of the boomerang and one at the point of it.

July 27, 2005
Greensburg, PA

The witness lives in a rural area outside of town, and was with his dog when at about 10:30 P.M., he noticed an unusual object in the western sky moving towards the south. It was a moonlit light and the sky was cloudy. The object appeared to be shaped like a top and could easily be seen as it was backlit from the light of the moon. What first drew the attention of the witness was a low pitched humming sound, not typical of an aircraft. The witness continued to watch, and was able to see some details on the object.

The witness was able to see 3 red lights that were located in the center part of the object. These lights which blinked in sequence, extended vertically, from top to bottom. There were 2 steady green lights on the right and left side of the object. Also visible were a series of dim white or opaque lights, which the witness explained looked almost like windows with a candle in them across the object. The object was observed for about 1.5 minutes as it moved slowly towards the south. The object moved so slow that it gave the impression that it was hovering over the area. The sound of the object became louder as it approached closer to the of the witness.

The dog suddenly began to bark and was looking in another direction. The man turned his attention towards the north and observed a second object in the distant sky which he felt was probably a meteor. The object was moving extremely fast from the north to south. What was interesting to the observer, was that moments after the meteor-like object appeared, the first object suddenly moved off in the same direction as the second object, and it seemed to vanish in a second.

The witness was of the opinion that it was impossible for any known object of that size to move as fast as it did. The witness also felt that continuing on a straight path, the top shaped object would have intersected with the other object at nearly a 90 degree angle, at a far off distance.

August 14, 2005
Derry Township

The PA Bigfoot Society (PBS) received a report of a possible daylight Bigfoot sighting in Derry Township. An 8 ft. tall hairy creature was reportedly seen running into a wooded area.

August 24, 2005
Vandergrift,PA

At 5:20 A.M., the witness was located north of Vandergrift at the time of the observation. He was loading up his vehicle to go on a trip and was looking skyward, when he saw a strange object moving from the northwest and turning towards the east. The object appeared to be silver in color, and was described by the witness as looking "a little flatter than a football shape with a bump on top." The object was silent and was observed for a long distance as it moved over the area.

Not long after the witness saw the first object, his attention was drawn to a large second object, which he speculates was some type of aircraft coming from the direction of Pittsburgh. This object which was also silent, appeared triangular in shape and looked to the witness like a stealth, with a pointed front section, and a flat bottom. It also displayed 2 yellow lights, and a red blinking light on the back section. The craft appeared to slow down as though to match the speed of the first object which was still crossing the sky. The football shaped object continued towards the east. The triangular craft suddenly picked up speed and chased the first object across the hill until they were gone from sight. The witness was very excited when he called my hotline number and was certain that he had seen something unusual.

August 24, 2005
Irwin, PA

At about 9:25 P.M., a witness looking west, observed a bright ball of light in the sky which moved back and forth, in a pattern similar to a windshield wiper movement.

September 1, 2005
Greensburg, PA

About 3:30 P.M., people traveling in a vehicle and were approaching the Pleasant Unity exit when suddenly a huge dark shadow in the shape of huge wings appeared over the right side hood of the car. This happened in a matter of seconds, and no sound was heard. The witnesses were under the impression that possibly a huge bird had passed over their car.

September, 2005
Erie, PA

The witness was traveling on Route 11 towards Erie, PA. when a green luminous ball with a tail was observed moving very fast across the sky at about 10:30 P.M..

September 4, 2005
New Derry, PA

Two fellows were loading firewood when they observed a very bright blue-white flash of light in the sky. A short time later, a very bright white luminous object passed overhead at about 5,000 feet altitude. The object appeared to be the size of a full size automobile, and they watched it move down the road. It was soon after, that the witnesses saw the object about 150 yards distance, hovering over a high tension power line. The object soon moved off, and was lost from sight.

September 7, 2005
Bethel Park, PA.

(NUFORC)-The witness was driving home when at about 7:53 P.M. a bright white light moving slowly across the sky. The lights on the object which seemed disk shaped, changed colors while it was observed.

September 10, 2005
Mount Pleasant, PA

A person in the house was awakened about 3 A.M., by the sound of the dog barking. The witness at that time became aware of an unusual humming sound which lasted about 40 seconds then stopped. About an hour later, the witness saw a bright white object which was estimated to be hovering about 300 feet above the ground. The strange light moved up and doen, and left and right, and soon left the area.

September 17, 2005
Williamsport, PA

(NUFORC)-A witness reported seeing a boomerang shaped object whih took off at a high rate of speed.

September 29, 2005
Plymouth, PA

(NUFORC)-About 9:30 P.M. the witness observed a sphere shaped light, similar to a star but larger in size. The object was moving straight up into the sky, and faded 3 or 4 times before it disappeared.

September 30, 2005
Bellefonte, PA

(NUFORC)-Witness reports seeing a black tubular/cigar shaped object passing through the sky over the town at about 10: A.M

October 3, 2005
Greater Pittsburgh and Southwest, PA

About 5:45 A.M. there were numerous UFO sighting reports from many locations in Westmoreland County, and throughout southwest Pennsylvania. Witnesses reported seeing a bright green luminous light with a tail moving very fast across the sky from north to south. The object appears to have been a bright meteor.

October 17, 2005
Chambersburg, PA

(NUFORC)-About 6:35 P.M. the witness watched a bright object in the sky that was reflecting the sunlight. The light appeared to be followed by a military jet.

October 29, 2005
Wyndmoor, PA

(NUFORC)-The witness observed a bright fireball with a trail of fire moving across the sky for a few seconds.

October 31, 2005
Clearfield, and other PA locations

(NUFORC) Reports around 9 P.M. of large round ball of white light that was followed by an orange tail moving across the sky. Some people reported the object was green in color. This appears to have been a meteor.

November 2, 2005
Plum Boro

(NUFORC)-Around 9 P.M. witness observed a ball of light flash in the western sky that was making zig-zagging movements. The round object suddenly changed into a long rod shaped device and then seemed to suddenly disappear.

November 3, 2005
New Castle, PA

(NUFORC)-The witness was traveling in his vehicle when a bright orange sphere streaked across the sky. The object was moving towards Pittsburgh. The observation which occured at about 9 P.M. lasted about 5 seconds.

November 6, 2005
Penn Township, PA

At about 8:02 P.M. a large fireball/ball of light moved very fast across the sky towards the west over this area.

November 7, 2005
Schellsburg, PA

(NUFORC)-Witness about 9 P.M. observed a round bright light moving across the sky and over a hill. The light seemed to pulse, then it suddenly appeared as a bright after burner, similar to that on a rocket. The object moved quickly up into the sky and vanished.

November 16, 2005
Wilkes-Barre, PA

This observation occurred around 10:50 P.M. as the witnesses were traveling. A black object was observed hovering in the sky. The object was described as a black pyramid shaped device, that did not have any lights. It could clearly be seen against the lighter sky.

December 10, 2005
Vandergrift, PA

A witness reported observing a huge object hovering in the sw sky at about 7:20 P.M. The witness stated, "It looked like a barn sitting up there." The object was described as looking like a flattened out giant basketball, that was silver in color and very bright. The object hovered for a while, then began to move towards the east. Another witness reportedly saw the object ascend quickly up into the sky and vanish. Another man contacted me who was listening to police radio traffic originating from the Pittsburgh area. He said that police officers were talking about UFO sighting reports that were similar to the Vandergrift sighting.

December 13, 2005
East Springfield, PA

(NUFORC)-Driving down the road, the witness saw what appeared to be a 2 foot diameter ball of light off to his left side, The object appeared to be very close to the ground.

December 20, 2005
Montgomery County

(via PA Bigfoot Society)-The PBS received a report of some possible Bigfoot activity occurring in a rural area about 30 miles east of Philadelphia. Family members have reported finding a trail and individual odd footprints in the snow. The stride between feet measured 7 feet long, and the tracks measured 16 inches. Strange sounds such as heavy asthmatic breathing and shrill loud screams have been heard in the nearby woods. Something large and brown in color has been seen, and something has been spooking the horses at night.


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