REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
SUBJECT: A. SPRINGER, NM, MASS SIGHTING (03OC96) B. CALIFORNIA "FIREBALL" (03OC96)
During the evening of Thursday, 03OC96, the National UFO Reporting Center received several reports from the southwestern United States regarding a number of UFO sightings and events. Given the similarity of some of these events to other sightings that have been reported to our Center in the recent past, together with the seemingly well documented nature of some of the sightings, we are seeking more information about these events.
Springer, NM--At approximately 2000 hrs. (local) on Thursday night, 03OC96, a number of vehicles traveling on I-25 somewhat south of Springer, NM, were witness to a cigar-shaped object, estimated to be at least "two stories" tall and covered with very bizarre lights. The object was seen to descend out of the night sky and hover over an area near the highway. At least 4-5 automobiles, and 2 or more tractor-trailers, were stopped along the highway, and their occupants were reported outside their vehicles looking at the object. At some point during the sighting, the object was seen to extinguish its lights and apparently settle to the ground. At least one young person was emotionally upset by his observation of the craft, and was still in shock several hours after the event.
The Center would like very much to communicate, either by our telephone Hotline (206--722-3000), or via e-mail, with any of the individuals who were personal witness to the above event, or other similar events in the nearby area.
CALIFORNIA--On Thursday night, 03OC96, numerous sightings of one or more blue-green "fireballs" streaking overhead were reported to various state and law-enforcement agencies in the state of California. Some reports hinted at the possibility that the sightings were associated to several fires (nature unknown) that allegedly had broken out just as the object(s) passed overhead.
The California Emergency Management Office in Sacramento received reports of the "meteor shower" from sources in at least four counties.
One observer in Bakersfield, CA, called the National UFO Reporting Center to report that he had seen a bluish, or blue-green, fireball descend almost perfectly vertically to the east of his location in Bakersfield. The object was observed for approximately 20-30 seconds, during which time it traversed an arc or approximately 30 degrees of angle. The object disappeared below the horizon to the east.
The National UFO Reporting Center would like to receive BRIEF reports from individuals who may have been witness to the above event(s). Please send your descriptions to the following e-mail or postal address:
Postal: National UFO Reporting Center P. O. Box 45623 University Station Seattle, WA 98145
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE NATIONAL UFO REPORTING CENTER IF YOU ARE SEEKING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE CASES. ALL THE INFORMATION THE CENTER HAS AT THE TIME OF THIS POSTING IS CONTAINED IN THE DESCRIPTIONS ABOVE. THE NAME(S) OF THE WITNESSES WILL NOT BE RELEASED, MOST OF ALL TO THE PRESS, AND INVESTIGATIONS ALREADY HAVE BEEN INITIATED AS OF THE DATE OF THIS POSTING.