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UFO Visits New Jersey in 1966

1966 - The Wanaque Reservoir Incident

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Updated December 24, 2011
Preface: UFOs over Water

It has always been know that UFOs seem to have an attraction for certain things, like electricity and nuclear power. There are also a number of very compelling cases that show that UFOs have a use for water.

It has been theorized by some researchers that UFOs have bases under our oceans and lakes. Eyewitness accounts of unknown flying objects going into and coming from below these waters have made an extremely sound case for this theory. UFOs have been seen sucking up water from lakes and oceans, but exactly what the water is used for is a mystery.

UFOs that enter and exit bodies of water are often referred to as Unidentified Submersible Objects. Be sure to see the case of the Costa Rica Photograph in 1971, and the Shag Harbor Crash.

UFO Visits New Jersey Waters

Another case that I recently did some research on occurred in January of 1966, when the Wanaque Reservoir in New Jersey was visited by UFOs on a cold, winter's day. The first reports came on January 11 in the small borough of Wanaque. As recently as 2010 the borough's population was listed as just over 11,000.

The normal routine of Wanaque would be broken when an extraordinary event would change the lives of some its inhabitants. It all started at about 6:30 PM, when Wanaque Patrolman Joseph Cisco, on routine patrol received a call from Pompton Lakes dispatcher of a "glowing light, possibly a fire." The next thing he heard startled him:

"People in Oakland, Ringwood, Paterson, Totowa, and Butler claim there's a flying saucer over the Wanaque."

Patrolman Investigates

Cisco pulled off the road and saw a light much larger than any of the stars out that night. It was about the size of a softball from his viewpoint. The light pulsated white, then changed to red. The object seemed to hover in the night sky, and made no sound. Cisco continued to watch the object, attempting to understand what exactly he was seeing.

At the same time, the borough's Mayor Harry T. Wolfe, along with Councilmen Warren Hagstrom and Arthur Barton, and the Mayor's 14-year-old son, Billy, were heading to the annual Christmas tree burn, when they overheard the dispatcher's radio call to Patrolman Cisco.

Very interested in the report, they drove to a point near the Raymond Dam to meet Cisco, and investigate what this object may have been. Billy saw the object first. He saw it as it flew low to the frozen ice of the lake. It looked like a huge star at first glance. The entire group saw the object emit various colors as it went.

Numerous Calls from Citizens

Soon, numerous calls began to come in to the Police station. Cisco sent a radio call to Officer George Dykman, who was in the vicinity. Soon, Dykman was approached by two witnesses who pointed out the UFO to him. Other citizens were arriving at the location, gaping at the object.

Suddenly, Cisco heard another message: "Something's burning a hole in the ice! Something with a bright light on it, going up and down!"

Then another call: "Oh boy! Something just landed in front of the dam!"

Multiple Eyewitnesses

Another eyewitness was Fred Steimes, an employee of the reservoir. He and another witness claimed that they saw a bolt of light, like a beam, shoot down to the water. By this time, Cisco, Mayor Wolfe, Town Councilmen Hagstrom and Barton had made their way to the top of the dam to get a better vantage point.

Hagstrom would later make this statement: "There was something up there that was awful bright." We don't know what it was. We thought it was a helicopter, but we didn't hear a motor. It looked like a helicopter with big landing lights on. We got goose bumps all over when we saw where the hole was."

The sightings continued the next day, when Patrolman Jack Wardlaw reported a "bright white disk" hovering near his home, which was located just west of the Wanaque Reservoir. Wardlaw described the object as "definitely disc-shaped and at certain angles, egg-shaped."

There was never a definitive answer as to what the witnesses saw over the waters of Wanaque. Why did the UFO make a hole in the ice? Obviously for some reason they were after the water. But, why?

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