How many UFO cases have you seen where authorities made a statement similar to this?
Washtenaw County deputies B. Bushroe and J. Foster formally stated: "This is the strangest thing that [we] have ever witnessed. We would have not believed this story if we hadn't seen it with our own eyes. These objects could move at fantastic speeds, and make very sharp turns, dive and climb, and hover with great maneuverability.
We have no idea what these objects were, or where they could have come from. At 4:20 AM there were four of these objects flying in a line formation, in a northwesterly direction, at 5:30 these objects went out of view, and were not seen again."
This was the aftermath of a massive wave of UFOs over Michigan, March 14-20, 1966. Following is the log of "Complaint No. 00967," signed by Cpl. Broderick and Deputy Patterson of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department:
3:50 AM - Received calls from Deputies Bushroe and Foster, car 19, stating that they saw some suspicious objects in the sky, disc, star-like colors, red and green, moving very fast, making sharp turns, having left to right movements, going in a northwest direction.
4:04 AM - Livingston County [sheriff's department] called and stated that they also saw the objects, and were sending car to the location.
4:05 AM - Ypsilanti Police Dept. also called stated that the object was seen at the location of US-12 and I-94 [intersection of a U.S. and an Interstate highway].
4:10 AM - Monroe County [sheriff's department] called and stated that they also saw the objects.
4:20 AM - Car 19 stated that they just saw four more in the same location moving at a high rate of speed.
4:30 AM - Colonel Miller [county civil defense director] was called; he stated just to keep an eye on the objects that he did not know what to do, and also check with Willow Run Airport.
4:54 AM - Car 19 called and stated that two more were spotted coming from the southeast, over Monroe County. Also that they were side by side.
4:56 AM - Monroe County [sheriff's department] stated that they just spotted the object, and also that they are having calls from citizens. Called Selfridge Air Base and they stated that they also had some objects [presumably on radar] over Lake Erie and were unable to get any ID from the objects. The Air Base called Detroit Operations and were to call back as to the disposition.
5:30 AM - Deputy Patterson and I [Cpl. Broderick] looked out of the office and saw a bright light that appeared to be over the Ypsilanti area. It looked like a star but was moving from north to east.
The Swamp Gas Explanation
During the rest of the week, the sightings continued, culminating in one of the most controversial cases of UFOs, and the most unusual explanation of Project Blue Book, stating the objects seen were only "swamp gas." See a detailed account at 1966 - Michigan Swamp Gas Case.
Project Blue Book sent Dr. J. Allen Hynek to investigate the sighting reports. At first,Hynek agreed that there was something going on in the Michigan skies. But after consulting with the Blue Book headquarters, he changed his mind, and said that the sightings were nothing more than "swamp gas."
This controversial and embarrassing report by the US government caused the then Congressman Gerald Ford to make this statement:
"In the firm belief that the American public deserves a better explanation than that thus far given by the Air Force, I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs, and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment of the subject."
The Mini-Wave of 2009
In the last six weeks, there have been a very large number of reports coming from Michigan. Here are some of those.
Michigan - 08-07-09 - My husband had taken the dog out. I was standing on the balcony of the house that attaches to our bedroom. My husband said to me "Honey, come down here. There's a weird planet. You’ll probably know what it is."
Then he asked me if I knew if there was a cell phone tower nearby, and I replied that I thought there was indeed one nearby and that could be it. When I came down and met him outside, I realized that the direction where he was pointing there was no cell phone tower.