Donald Bunce, ouvrier � un moulin, de Troy Center, roulait pour se rendre � son travail � son installation de
Titusville � une heure non sp�cifi�e de la journ�e lorsque, rapporta-t-il par la suite, il vit un objet
travers le ciel. Il dit qu'il heurta le sol dans un champ voisin et qu'il se pr�cipita vers le point o� il avait
touch� terre. L'objet, luisant une lumi�re blanche et chaude, �tait � moiti� enseveli dans le sol. Utilisant une pelle
qui se trouvait dans sa voiture, Bunce d�gagea l'objet, le rapporta � son travail et le montra � ses coll�gues au
moulin. Il le ramena chez lui apr�s le travail et n'y pensa plus, jusqu'� ce que des signalements d'objets volants
ravivent son int�r�t pour identifier l'objet.
L'objet fut d�crit comme faisant 5 pouces de long environ, de forme ovale, l�ger et ressemblant � un morceau de
corail. Le 8 juillet, Bunce l'apporta � la Facult� d'Allegheny, � Meadville. � Allegheny, le professeur de chimie H.
admit qu'il n'avait jamais rien vu de tel, bien qu'aucun test du fragment ne semble avoir �t�
fait. L'objet fut alors emport� � la Facult� de Gannon, � Erie, o� R. H. Mitchell, professeur de g�ologie,
l'examinait. Il exclut d'abord la possibilit� qu'il s'agisse d'une m�t�orite sur la base du fait que le fragment
n'avait aucun contenu m�tallique. Il la d�crit alors comme une
scorie (un type de d�bris volcanique). Mais
quant � savoir ce qu'elle faisait volant � travers les airs pr�s de Titusville, en Pennsylvanie, � quelque 4000 miles
du volcan actif le plus proche, le professeur Mitchell, ou qui que ce soit d'autre � ce propos, �tait incapable de
An object about the size and shape of an ordinary saucer, that had not been seen in flight, was found in the garden
of Bob Scott, a farmer living two and a half miles east of Hillsboro. Scott said that when he found it, "
bright as a blow-torch, but it didn't burn me when I picked it up. I got to thinking about all these new inventions
now-days, and it scared me. So I put it down. It sure didn't belong in my garden," he added.
He didn't mention the discovery until he met a friend, W. O. Kissick, and when the two of them went to investigate
the object they found that it was disintegrating. Another friend, Joe Gerrick, of Hillsboro, also examined it and said
that one of the remaining pieces "
looked like tin�foil," but when they picked it up "
it appeared to be
celluloid." Whatever it was, most of it seemed to "have melted," subliming into a gelatinous residue. The men
contacted Hillsboro newsman Dan Shults, who also viewed the remains. "
It was a dusty, silvery substance," he
I picked up some of the pieces and it wasn't like anything I'd ever seen before." Unfortunately, it
seems that none of the material was given to appropriate authorities for analysis.
Fred R. Reibold, of 2315 Himebaugh Avenue, and his mother�in-law, Mrs. Gertrude Sniffen, reported that at 10:30 p.m.
CST they had seen "
a flaming object" drop into the street in front of their home. The object was round,
disc-shaped, and about the size of a silver dollar, and it lay in the street "
burning with extreme heat."
Newspapers were called and newsmen sent out to investigate. Before they arrived, however, an intrepid neighborhood boy
kicked at the fragment, after the fire had subsided, and it "
fell to pieces." When the reporters arrived, they
scooped up the remaining ashes and took them away for analysis. The pavement was scorched where the object had lain.
The Omaha World-Herald reported the next day that chemical analysis, under Dr. C. L. Kenny, head of the
Chemistry Department of the College of Dentistry, Creighton University, and carried out by two unidentified students,
revealed traces of sodium, potassium, iron, aluminum, carbonate, sulphate, and unburnt carbon. According to Dr. Kenny,
it was nothing more than "
ordinary pipe tobacco." The report is included among those in the Air Force files.
Interestingly, it is probably the only UFO on record that has been explained as "
Oliver Gregorson, Box 212, Boise, and Vesta Mitchell, of Route 5, Boise, reported to the Idaho Daily
Statesman that they were about a mile and a half out of the city, on Route 20, at about sunset when they saw a
number of silvery discs
"twirling in the sky, large and very high." (The sun set at
8:28 p.m. MST on July 8.) They said that two of the objects appeared much larger than the others. They were shiny and
reflected the rays of the setting sun, and as the two witnesses watched them, the two larger objects appeared to
descend closer to the earth. Then, they said, the objects "turned red and vanished."
A moment or so following the disappearance of the objects, Gregorson and Miss Mitchell both saw "
ash" floating toward the ground from the direction in which they had last seen the objects. They caught several
samples of the ash as it came down, before it touched the ground. It was pearl-grey in color, and one fragment was of
a shell-like material with bits of ash plastered all over it." One of the fragments was about the size of "
According to the news account, the witnesses gave the ashes to the paper, which in turn gave them to "
chemist" for analysis. On the following day, the Statesman reported that results of the analysis
indicated the fragments were nothing but ashes, probably from paper. Chemists said definitely that they were "
of a metallic residue."
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Edward Lane were picking berries shortly after 5:00 p.m. EST when they heard a kind of "puff"
noise nearby. Looking up, they saw a ball of white, sparkling fire, like a Fourth of July sparkler, about the size of
a bushel basket, no more than a hundred feet away. It was hovering several feet above a stretch of sand. After about
ten or fifteen seconds, the fiery object
went out, and the object vanished. The only thing remaining was a
peculiar dark substance on the sand, and some metallic fragments. The report, from the Air Force files, is explained
The results of the analysis of the fragments and sand samples were provided by the Air Force. Analysis does not, as such, constitute any proof of a hoax. On the contrary, it seems to confirm that something of an unusual nature did occur, although it does not seem on the face of it to be necessarily connected with UFOs.
The analysts apparently were given one sample of the metal -- an "
irregular somewhat rounded pellet" which
they state is principally silver. Impurities of one-tenth percent silicon are believed to be from sand picked up from
the ground "
before the metal solidified." The presence of molten silver in a berry patch is certainly odd, and
rules out any simple "
hoax." A sample of the dark residue in the sand was also analyzed and its chief
constituents were iron, aluminum and titanium in amounts of one-tenth percent each. Some of the fine powder in the
sand at the site proved to be chiefly thorite, a rare mineral.
According to a letter from Lt. Colonel Barnett B. Young, dated August 18, 1967, the incident, while classified as a
was not initiated by the observer."