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Occurred : 7/15/1965 18:00 (Entered as : 07/15/1965 18:00)
Reported: 10/29/2004 11:15:53 AM 11:15
Posted: 11/2/2004
Location: Stoughton, WI
Shape: Light
Duration:3-4 minutes
A very bright white light, the size of a small house. It "shot" 3 bursts of light at our car, hitting it with loud booms but no feelin

It was a warm summer evening. In Wisconsin the sky stays light until quite latein the summertime. My mother was driving our Volkswagen bug, with 3 of my sisters (in their late teens and early twenties, also in the car. I was still small enough to fit into the "way-back" that "Bugs" still had in those days. We were driving from Madison to our home in Stoughton, along Highway 51. Just outside of Stoughton there was a National Guard armory on the left, then a big bend in the road, with a gravel pit on the left. As we drove past the gravel pit, we saw a huge, very bright light among the hills of gravel. It was about the size of a small house. The light was white and very, very bright, but it did not illuminate the surrounding area or make much of a glow in the sky. We were all in awe and my mother slowed the car almost to a halt as we starred at the light. Then, as we watched, the light "shot" at us, three balls of light in quick succession. As each one hit the front of the car, we heard it make a boom sound on impact. The car jerked with each impact, but I later learned from my mother that there actually was no impact, the jerks were her frightened reaction to the sight and sound of the impacts. Although the "shots" made a big noise as they hit our car, they did not jerk the car at all! My mother sped away and we drove the rest of the way, (only 1-2 miles) into Stoughton. We stopped at a gas station that was on the right side of the road in those days, almost right accross from the A&W root beer stand. We all scrambled out and looked at the car. There were no marks of any kind, nothing to show that it had been hit by those balls of light. We were all shaking and drove home. We told my father and the rest of the family there what had happened. To the best of my knowledge, no one ever reported the incident to the police or anyone. It was simply too fantastic. No one would have believed it.

I have always been very sorry that my parents did not alert the authorities at once. Perhaps someone else could have seen it too. Throughout the years since then, my sisters and I will recount those events to each other from time to time; just to make sure it isn't something we dreamed. My mother too(now dead), always remembered it just the way I have recorded it here. It was not, strickly speaking, a UFO. It did not fly when we saw it. But, all these years later (it is now October 2004), I still have no better understanding of what it was then we had at that time.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))