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2016 Was Very Busy with UFO Sightings, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters across Pennsylvania
From Researcher: Stan Gordon
Many Pennsylvanian’s reported encounters of the mysterious kind during 2016. Witnesses reported strange formations of lights in the sky, and loud booms that shook houses in some areas. There were also reports of strange footprints, odd animal screams and cries, low level sightings of mysterious objects in the sky, odd field formations, and close range encounters with Bigfoot and other cryptids (creatures whose existence have not been confirmed ) from across the state. Residents reported various paranormal incidents and in some cases, strange lights and images were captured on digital cameras.
Since I began researching and documenting such oddities from across Pennsylvania in 1959 as a curious ten year old boy, many thousands of mysterious incidents have continued to be reported, and such cases occur annually. I began to conduct on scene research in 1965 after the UFO incident occurred near Kecksburg, PA. During the 57 years that I have been investigating these anomalies, I have never had a personal encounter with a UFO or Bigfoot.
It became apparent to me long ago, that many mysterious encounters, when properly investigated, are found to have a manmade or natural explanation. UFOs quite often are misidentifications of such things as bright stars and planets, meteors, satellites, searchlights, Chinese lanterns and drones. Some Bigfoot sightings were identified as bear, large shaggy dogs, and hunters in camouflage. There are, however, UFO sightings and other strange encounters reported each year that can’t be so easily dismissed.
There were many sightings of UFOs reported statewide throughout the year. Observers reported sightings of spherical, cylindrical and triangular shape objects. There have been an increasing number of sightings in recent years of large solid rectangular objects that have been seen at low level.
Those individuals who have reported such sightings come from all walks of life and age groups. Many are professionals such as police officers, military and commercial pilots, engineers, and educators. The vast majority of witnesses I have interviewed were not seeking any publicity. Many of these people did not believe in the existence of these phenomena until they had their own personal encounter.
I have been taking calls from the public since 1969, and I receive sighting reports on a regular basis via phone and email. Across the country and in Pennsylvania, there are many other researchers and organizations who also receive Pennsylvania sighting reports. Some of those sources include the Keystone Bigfoot Project, The Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society, The Center for Cryptozoology Studies, Jim Brown of Jim’s Destinations, Lon Strickler of “Phantoms & Monsters,” the National UFO Reporting Center, and the PA Chapter of MUFON. I continue to maintain contact with many sources from across the state and nation.
The following is a synopsis of some of the interesting cases reported during 2016:
January 1, 2016- A man who was visiting in the area for the holidays, was traveling during the early morning hours between Trafford and Monroeville. The headlights of the car ahead of him struck a figure walking on the side of the road. The man noticed a brown hair covered creature that stood about 6 feet tall. Its arms hung down past the knees and it was walked hunched over. The most prominent feature was that the creature had two glowing red eyes. The witness said it was likely that the other motorists on that road also saw it.
February 4, 2016- Witnesses along Route 30 near Latrobe observed a formation of about 7 red-orange lights moving in the evening sky. Some observers reported that the lights broke formation and moved slowly up over the Chestnut Ridge and higher into the sky where they vanished from sight.
March 2016- The Lower Burrell area in Westmoreland County has had a history of sightings of what some witnesses have reported as “Black Panthers.” An animal sighted in a wooded area in March had an estimated body length with the tail at about 7 feet long. The animal had ears that appeared to be pointed and stood straight up. In September in this same general area, another witness came upon a series of what appear to be 4 inch cat tracks.
April 17, 2016- During the evening, a woman was driving on a rural road near West Newton when she noticed ahead of her, a tall dark figure emerge from the right side and move up on the road just as she was approaching the area. She slowed down and looked at a 7 foot tall creature covered with long brownish-red hair. The witness noticed that the arms were very long and skinny, and that the creature had large red eyes that were glowing in the dark. The witness, who had no interest or belief in Bigfoot, became very frightened and left the area very quickly.
May 10, 2016- Two men were riding on a rural road in Fayette County outside of Fairchance. It was a foggy, and rainy evening when this incident took place. Suddenly, an upright 7 feet tall hair covered creature emerged from the bank on the left side of the road and stopped in the path of the car 20 feet away. The driver slammed on the brakes, while the creature stared at the car with its glowing red eyes.
After a short time of staring at the creature, the driver slowly moved the car forward, and both men felt the car make slight contact with the hairy being. At that point the creature placed its hands on the front of the vehicle, with the bumper against its legs. Soon after, the creature removed its hands from the car and walked into the woods below the road and was not seen again. This area has had a history of other Bigfoot encounters. Researcher Jim Brown investigated this incident.
June 11, 2016- In a rural area near Jeanette, several people observed a series of orange objects that looked similar to meteors. However, they had no tails and were slow moving. While under observation, one object broke apart and separated into two similar objects that moved across the sky in different directions. A similar sighting occurred near Leechburg in Armstrong County on June 16th, where other witnesses reported up to 10 luminous objects in the sky that were blinking orange then white in color. At one point, two of the objects joined together, then separated and moved off in different directions.
September 15, 2016- Witnesses saw what looked like a silver disc in the clear morning sky moving towards the southeast. About 20 seconds after the object was lost from sight, what appeared to be 5 military jets approached and circled over the area. Just three days earlier in Ohio, a witness I had talked with observed a semi-circular object that appeared to be metallic and gray in color. About 20 minutes later he heard the sound of a military jet in the area.
October 16, 2016- During the afternoon, a couple was driving down Route 43 in Fayette County outside of Uniontown. They were approaching the crest of a hill when a black misty smoke cloud appeared above some trees and began to form into a large black rectangular object. The object moved over the two left southbound lanes of the highway. It then quickly moved over the northbound lanes that they were traveling on towards Pittsburgh. As the object nearly cleared those lanes, it suddenly stopped and formed a circular shape that was not as solid as the rectangular object had looked. It quickly reformed back into the rectangular shape and moved back over the southbound lanes of the highway then suddenly just vanished from sight and was not seen again.
November 8, 2016- Pittsburgh-During the afternoon a man had just left work and was walking to his car in downtown Pittsburgh. He noticed high in the sky what appeared to be a cylinder shaped object that looked as though it was hovering but had some movement to it. The object then seemed to drop from that altitude and smoke appeared to be emitting from the object. As the object fell, it was blocked from view by the parkway.
The man started videotaping as he ran in that direction. The object was blocked from view at its lowest level but the witness saw it for a second over the Monongahela River. The object appeared to descend fast yet almost gliding.
The witness had the opinion that the object was metallic and he noticed some type of triangle near the rear section. The witness believes the object fell into the river. The witness was able to capture some screen shots of the object from the video footage he had taken.
November 11, 2016- A man located in York County was outside talking on his phone that evening when he noticed an unusual object in the sky that appeared to be gliding. The object was three dimensional and looked like a very large metallic triangular object. The object was dark gray in color and appeared to have a white foggy mist surrounding it.
The witness could clearly see the side of the craft that was visible to him. He also had a very good view of the underside of the object. There were a number of lights seen on the object, including three white circular ones that were evenly spaced straight across along the rear underside.
The witness also noticed two bluish rectangular configurations which he felt may have been an exhaust system on the back of the object. The object made a slight sound similar to the low growl of a high performance sports car. (Sightings of these large solid triangular objects have been reported for many years across the state. During the last two years I am aware of a number of low level sightings of similar objects and some were observed in daylight.)
November 2016- During this month and occurring for about 4 months prior, residents that live along the Derry side of the Chestnut Ridge report having seen a luminous sphere of light about the size of a softball and sometimes accompanied by other small lights of various colors come up to a window of the house and slide across the glass and then move away. (The Chestnut Ridge has a long history of UFOs and cryptid encounters and similar smaller round objects have been reported for years.)
I received information concerning many cryptid sightings from widespread locations in the Keystone State. Bigfoot sightings were reported from many areas including Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, and Fayette Counties. There were Black Panther, thunderbird (huge birds with massive wingspans) and other strange creature accounts reported.
There were some accounts from wide spread areas of an animal that witnesses were unable to identify.Some said it looked like a cross between a wolf and a very large dog. During a July morning, a motorist traveling on Route 66, between Greensburg and Delmont saw a strange animal emerge from the brush along the road. It was a dog-like animal that was running low to the ground. The hair on the body looked like that of a deer and it had a long black non-bushy tail. The witness noticed that the head was like a dog, but it had a long snout and a very pointed nose. The ears were pointed and stood upright. The animal ran up an embankment and moved out of sight.
In early December near Blairsville, a person driving in a car saw an animal that looked like a very large dog. However, it had some wolf-like features. The animal had medium gray fur that was thick like that of a wolf. It also had a tail similar to that of a wolf. On the same day, but on the other side of the state another strange animal was observed. In a rural area of Dauphin County, Two people saw a strange animal run in front of their vehicle. The animal was covered in a gray fur unlike that of a dog. It did however have features of both a wolf and a canine and it moved very fast on four legs. The animal reportedly had a large snout and wolf-like ears and an arch on its back. Some of these could be coywolf sightings however, some of the reports that are being received by various researchers seem somewhat stranger and are being investigated.
To report a UFO, Bigfoot, Cryptid or other unusual event from Pennsylvania, you can contact me at: 724-838-7768, or email me at: email@example.com. Keep checking my website: www.stangordon.info for updates on recent sightings. If you have any information on the 1965 Kecksburg UFO incident please contact me as well.
October 2, 2016-An Update of Some 2016 PA UFO and Cryptid Reports:
There have been many UFO and cryptid incidents reported from across Pennsylvania since the start of 2016. Since March, there has been a surge unusual incidents being reported from many locations in the state, but much of the activity has been in the southwest region. I have been in touch with other researchers who are also hearing reports of such incidents as well.
The following is a synopsis of some of the reports that I have received, and some cases are still under investigation.
March 27, 2016-A very large cat-like creature reported near Lower Burrell, PA. (Westmoreland County)
A witness reported seeing a large cat-like animal in a rural area outside of Lower Burrell. The entire body was dark in color and the length of the animal including the tail was about 7 feet long. The ears of the animal were described as pointed and stood straight up. (A few years ago, another witness reported seeing two Black panthers together in a field in the same general area.)
April 17, 2016-Bigfoot walks near car outside of West Newton, PA. (Westmoreland County)
May 1, 2016- Bigfoot Observed in Butler County.
During the afternoon, a witness watched a tall creature covered with reddish hair and a brown spot on its back section. The creature had its back toward the road and turned its shoulders and head toward the right side.
May 10, 2016-Bigfoot Touches Car in Fayette County, PA.
Mid-May 2016-Bigfoot Observed near Harrison City, PA (Westmoreland County)
An 8-9 feet tall creature covered with black hair was observed among trees on a rural road.
Mid-May 2016-Odd Field Formations in Derry Township. (Westmoreland County)
Reports received of unusual field formations being observed in fields in rural Derry Township. It is possible that these formations could be weather related.
June 10, 2016-Robinson Township-Teardrop Shaped Object (Allegheny County)
During the evening, a white-purple colored teardrop shaped object was observed in a suburb of Pittsburgh. The object would be observed in a section of the sky then suddenly within seconds appear in another location across the sky. The object appeared to be very large and gave the impression that it may not have been a solid form.
June 11, 2016-Formation of Objects near Jeanette. (Westmoreland County)
Several people between Greensburg and Jeanette observed a series of strange lights just after 10 PM. The orange objects looked similar to meteors with no tails and were slow moving. During the observation, one of the objects broke apart and separated into two similar devices which moved across the sky in different direction. Witnesses also saw what looked like molten metal at times falling from the objects.
June 11, 2016-Allentown, PA (Lehigh County)-Orange Dots Observed
Around 11:45 PM, witnesses observed three silent orange objects moving steadily across the sky. They formed into a triangular pattern and disappeared one at a time.
June 14, 2016-Ring of lights over the Laurel Ridge (Westmoreland County)
Witnesses observed towards the Laurel Ridge outside of Ligonier, an oval ring of lights. The formation appeared to be moving slowly across the sky and at times moving up and downward.
June 16, 2016-Leechburg, PA (Armstrong County) Ten Objects In The Sky
Witnesses reported up to 10 objects in the sky that were blinking orange then white in color. The objects were disappearing into the clouds and were erratic in motion. During the observation, two of the objects joined together then separated and moved away in different directions.
June 24, 2016-Near Harrisburg (Dauphin County) Sky Sounds?
There was a report of strange “Trumpet” sounds reportedly heard coming from the sky around the area.
July 3, 2016-Monessen-(Westmoreland County)-2:30 AM-Object moving E-W-red light-round opening in it. It stopped looked like molten orange metal falling from it. It moved off towards the west. (This could possibly be material falling from disintegrating sky lantern type devices.)
7-29-16-12:40 AM-Bigfoot near Acme, PA. (Westmoreland County)
Acme, PA-A man was in the kitchen during the early morning hours and was looking out a window. He caught something out of the corner of his eye by the trees and woods didn’t pay much attention as he thought it was a deer. He reportedly saw a creature walking about 40 feet away from house. It was illuminated from the side by an outside spotlight. The creature was about 5-6 feet tall. The hair in the outside lighting looked to be blonde or tan (but could have been lighter he stated.) The hair over the body looked to be about 3-4 inches long but not matted.
7-29-19-Between Greensburg and Delmont. Strange Animal sighting-(Westmoreland County)
At about 10:40 AM-On Route 66 between Greensburg and Delmont heading north, a driver saw the head of animal coming out of brush. Animal crossed road right to left about 50-100 feet away. He approached and slowed down. Animal turned head and looked at him then went straight and ran up embankment on the right of the road. He got about 50 feet away at closest point.
Dog-like animal, about 3-4 feet long running low to the ground. Body color of a deer, tail was black and long similar to a cat but not bushy. Tail about 1 ½ feet long. Very muscular looking in the shoulders, looked healthy. The head was like a dog, with very pointed nose (long snout.) Ears were pointed and stood up. Could not see facial features. Observation about 5-8 seconds.
7-30-16 McMurray, Washington County-UFOs over Area
Two friends were outside in field about 11:50 PM, when one happened to look up in sky. They observed two green objects described as portals. One was positioned horizontal the other one was positioned in a diagonal position below. Suddenly in the sky appeared a solid looking metallic bullet shaped object that appeared to jump through the two green lights and seconds later all of the objects just disappeared.
8-5-16-Acme–Possible Bigfoot-(Westmoreland County)-11 AM-Possible Witness in a vehicle saw something in fog going into woods. It was dark color, walking upright, estimated about 7 feet tall, was able to see the head, shoulders and upper body.
8-9 and 8-10, 2016-Hunker,PA-(Westmoreland County)-Mystery Boom?
Report that a large boom shook homes in the area on two consecutive days. The loud blast sounded like it was coming from the sky.
8-16-Reports from Laurel ridge and Armstrong County of loud screams and howls.
8-21-16-North Huntingdon (Westmoreland County)–Two Lights Join In sky
At about 11:15 PM-Two objects SSW sky with many colored lights including orange and yellow moving around on them. At one point one object moved away from other object then rejoined the second one. Later both object moved across horizon together and went out of sight.
8-22-16-Uniontown-(Fayette County)-4 Objects Reported
At dusk, four objects in sky at dusk. One went straight up in sky, one appeared low overhead. Video tape being studied.
9-3-16-Mount Pleasant-Morning disc moving slow through the sky. It appeared to be solid and chrome and moving very slow.
9-4-16-Lower Burrell-(Westmoreland County)-Large Cat-like tracks found
A series of what appear to be 4 inch cat tracks were discovered in a rural area near Lower Burrell. Photos and casts were taken of the tracks. There has been a history of possible black panther sightings in this area.
9-12-16-Ohio-UFOs and Military Jet sounds-1:45 PM-Witness saw dark rectangular spot in cloud. Soon after, a semi-circular shape that looked gray and metallic was observed. It appeared to be casting a shadow on the cloud. Man went down the road it was gone. 20 minutes later he heard sound of a military jet in the area. (I had the opportunity to meet with this witness in person. Even though this case occurred in Ohio, I thought it was of interest due to the next report just a few days later.)
9-15-16-Mount Pleasant-(Westmoreland County)-Silver Disc and Military Jets
During the morning a silver disc was seen moving slow towards the southeast. About 20 seconds after the object left the area what appeared to be five military jets approached and circled around the area.
9-19/20-16-Connellsville-(Westmoreland County) Loud chattering monkey-like sounds-and other loud screams reported. (Reports from other areas of strange monkey-like chatter has also being reported.)
9-20-16-Jefferson Boro-(Allegheny County-Mystery Boom reportedly shook homes around Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Boro.
Addendum: The previous incidents are among numerous other cases that have been reported. There have been other cryptid (strange creature incidents also reported such as thunderbirds.) Some of the cases I am looking into would fall into the “High Strangeness Category.” If you have seen anything unusual in Pennsylvania, please contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Surge of UFO, Bigfoot, & Cryptid Encounters In Pennsylvania-March-July, 2016
This year started off on January 1, 2016, with a Bigfoot sighting reported during the early morning hours. Since then UFO sightings, mystery booms, Bigfoot encounters, and other strange events have been reported from widespread areas of the state, with much of the activity occurring in the southwestern region of the state.
Since March, there has been a surge of unusual incidents being reported from widespread locations, mostly from southwestern locations in Pennsylvania. There have been detailed UFO observations and close encounters with Bigfoot and other cryptids. I am looking into two Bigfoot reports from July. Several Bigfoot encounters have reportedly occurred at very close range. See the following two reports.
I am still following up on various incidents and I will provide a synopsis of the occurrences when more information is received.
If you have seen anything unusual in Pennsylvania, please contact me via email at: email@example.com
or at 724-838-7768.
Chilly Billy Cardille Has Passed Away-July 21, 2016.
Bill Cardille, famous Pittsburgh Broadcaster and the iconic host of the “Chiller Theater” show that began in September of 1963, and broadcast on WIIC-TV in Pittsburgh for many years, passed away today. Bill will be missed by his many fans and the Pittsburgh area public in general.
When Bill started hosting Chiller Theater in 1964 I quickly became a fan. Every Saturday night was a Chiller Theater party night. I really enjoyed those black and white sci-fi movies that stirred my fascination even more as I began my search into the UFO and Bigfoot phenomena.
Bill Cardille also hosted another program that was broadcast, as I recall, during the late night-early morning hours on WIIC-TV. The show was called, “Mysteries Beyond”. On that interview show, Bill talked with local residents who had encountered UFOs or had other paranormal experiences.
It was my privilege to have known Bill for a number of years. When we would have a brief moment to reminisce, I always reminded him about the great memories that I grew up with concerning his hosting of Chiller Theater. We discussed the role he played in influencing me to conduct first hand investigations into UFOs, Bigfoot, and the Paranormal as a result of his interviews he conducted on that late night TV interview show.
Bill was one of the kindest personalities I had ever come in contact with. He always made time to talk to his fans and followers. He will surely be missed, and the memories he left with me will never fade. My prayers are with Bill and his family.
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