|Occurred : 7/5/2003 01:00 (Entered as : 07/05/03 01:00)
Reported: 7/5/2003 11:00:30 PM 23:00
Location: Solano County, CA
|Hundreds Flock To Crop Circles
Wouldn't simple forensic evidence such as a gieger counter reading or the presense of wood splinters or rope fragments show if this was a fake?
Hundreds of people have been flocking to a Solano County wheat field to see crop circles discovered in the grain.
The largest of the circles measure about 50 yards in diameter. It showed up overnight on Saturday in a field at the corner Suisun Valley and Rockville roads, and the onlookers showed up nearly as fast.
Many of the visitors say they believe the circles carry mystical powers. Some had other theories.
"We were thinking that our friends did it, but we could just tell ... like ... it's too elaborate for someone to think of something and just do it," a visitor said.
One woman traveled from Ukiah to lie in the field, hoping the circles' power could bring relief to her bad back.
Crop circles began showing up in English fields about 30 years ago.
Most authorities say they are the work of scamps, dragging ropes and boards to flatten the crops.
First and foremost among the nonbelievers is Larry Balestra, the man who owns the wheat field. He thinks the circles are the work of someone with too much time on their hands. But, Balestra says he plans to enjoy his newly styled fields because "everyone else seems to be."