Occurred: 1972-06-30 00:00:00 Local
Location: Loomis & Folsom Lake, CA, USA
Shape: Unknown
Duration: Summer of 1972
No of observers: 10
Reported: 2007-11-10 20:42:13 Pacific
Posted: 2007-11-28 00:00:00
Characteristics: Emitted other objects, Emitted beams, Changed Colo

In the summer of 1972 my family and I witnessed many UFO sightings above and around Folsom Lake, California.

I am 59 years of age now and my two brothers and three sisters still talk about the spring and summer of 1972. I was 23 years old then and my older sister lived on three acres, less than two miles from Folsom Lake. The area she lived in at that time was very wooded and remote.

Many evenings and well into the early morning hours she would phone either me or one of my brothers, excited or even frightened over what she was seeing in her pasture or in the nearby fields. Her horses became restless, dogs barking, and upon looking out from her large living-room window she would see one or more orange objects often glowing bright and then dimming.

Upon her phone calls, my two brothers and I would drive out to her house, often during the middle of the night. Many times we would see the objects before arriving at her house. There is simply too much to relate in this posting, but I will say that what we witnessed during those spring and summer nights of 1972 were without question neither airplanes nor helicopters.

We drove our parents out there on a few occasions and they too were completely baffled as to what these objects were. There were never any sounds coming from the objects. Among a host of reports I could now relate, I will focus upon my two most memorable sightings: 1) Standing outside of our car at the edge of Folsom Lake and observing one or more bright orange objects moving erratically then pausing and hovering motionlessly without a sound. One such object actually shot a high beam or light directly onto the water. It was a very dark moonless night and I remember that we spoke of how easily we could see the ripples of the lake water once the beam of light penetrated the lake. It was so strange since there was absolutely no sound coming from the object. These objects maneuvered, as I say, erratically, often pausing, disappearing, and reappearing almost instantly in another location. At times they would seem to fall and rock from side to side reminding me of a lightweight falling feather.

2) On another memorable occasion we (my brothers and I) drove back out to the Folsom area after receiving a phone call from my sister. This time we were parked atop a bluff on Sierra College Blvd. We witnessed several bright orange objects in the distance. I cannot make any estimates as to how far they were or how high they were; all I can say is that they appeared to be about the size of goftballs from where we were. I recall how truly amazed we were as we witnessed six or seven smaller objects slowly moving toward a large orange object. It appeared to us that as each smaller object neared the larger one they actually disappeared, as if they entered the large object. Not saying that they actually entered the large object, but this is the appearance they gave. As the last smaller object entered or disappeared, suddenly all six or seven smaller objects would reappear and begin the entire process over again. We watched this phenomena repeat itself for nearly an hour as I recall.

I could write several pages on all of the UFO activity that we witnessed in and around Loomis and Folsom Lake during that particular summer long ago. To my knowledge nothing of that magnitude has ever occurred there since that time. No members of my family have ever reported it until now, 35 years later. During that summer we read absolutely nothing in the newspapers of these mysterious orange glowing lights over Folsom Lake. What we saw was certainly not ball lightning, aircraft, swamp gas, meteors, or anything that is easily explained.


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