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Occurred : 6/26/1972 10:00 (Entered as : 06/26/1972 10:00)
Reported: 10/8/2005 10:57:48 AM 10:57
Posted: 10/11/2005
Location: Fort Beaufort (South Africa),
Shape: Egg
Duration:2 hours
Police officers fire shots at UFO in South Africa

On 26 June 1972, a UFO was sighted by several farm workers on a farm called "Braeside" at a town called Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Province in South Africa.

The owner of the farm contacted the local police who arrived at about 10h30 on the scene. The UFO was sighted whilst hovering at tree top level in a dense forest. According to witnesses the UFO kept on changing colours.

The police officers who visited the scene, saw the UFO. One officer fired several shots at the object. The farm owner also fired shots.

Whilst being shot at the UFO stopped changing colours and remained a darkish gun-metal colour. It kept on disappearing behind the tree tops and reappeared. The colour changed to greyish white before it dissappeared. All together fifteen shots were fired at the object. To my knowledge this is the only incident where members of a police force fired shots at a UFO.

This event was reported in several newspapers and books. Investigaters from the space agency in USA visited the town several months later and interviewed all those who witnessed the incident.

The farm owner is still residing in Fort Beaufort where he owns a hotel. The two police officers are both now retired. These gentlemen are getting on in their years and if anyone wants to follow up on this incident they should do so now while the witnesses are still alive.

I was working in Fort Beaufort at the time of the sighting and did not personally witness the incident. I did however saw all the journalists and investigaters who arrived in the town the following day.