|Occurred : 7/15/1976 23:00 (Entered as : 07/15/76 23:00)
Reported: 9/8/2011 3:03:58 PM 15:03
Location: Leominster, MA
|Bright beam of light with faint sound.
Date: 8 September 2011 To: UFO Research Web Site Subj: Encounter INTRO: I'm presenting this record 35 years after-the-fact as (1) I am now retired and (2) at my age I am no longer concerned about ridicule and skeptics.
For the record I have never "investigated" UFO's or done any research on them. I only visited a UFO web site once, and that was just yesterday! I will say however, of all the reports I've ever heard about on TV, I have never heard of a incident similar to the one I am about to describe.
THE SETTING: LOCATION & TIME: Leominster, MA; Mid-July, 1976; Late evening.
WEATHER: Clear, warm, calm winds.
WITNESSES: Myself and wife and one neighbor (two days later).
LIGHTING CONDITIONS: a. OUTSIDE: Dark (no Moon to my recollection) and one Street lamp a hundred yards+ to the NE (across & up the street) . Also, this lamp was blocked by neighbor house, not directly visible. A street lamp directly across the street was not working at the time.
b. INSIDE (house): Table lamp (2), 40W bulb each, no active TV.
THE INCIDENT: It was a Saturday evening and wife & I had just come home from visiting family across town. I had gone to bedroom on SE corner of house to get ready for bed. My wife had just come out of bathroom and gone into living room to turn the TV on for evening news & weather, when she called me to come and look outside with her. This was at the opposite end of the house or towards the west or NW.
She directed me to the raised (open) window facing west, where our large garden was located. There was a bright beam of white light shining onto the garden from above. The light was extremely bright, in a straight column, not 'angled' at all and I would estimate the width to be 15-20 feet. My first thought was "Why would a Helicopter be shining a spot light on our garden?" I then realized there was absolutely no noise or 'wind' associated with this beam of light. Both of us tried to look UP to see what was causing this, but the light was so bright nothing but the light could be seen. As the light slowly moved west-to-east, basically along the north side of our house, it was apparent the beam had defined edges. By that I mean, where the beam ended it was normal dark (outside) and the light didn't 'splash' over or fade away.
At this time, while the light was slowly proceeding east, we noticed a faint sound associated with the light that went: TICK, TICK, TICK, BOOM. Where each 'TICK' was like gently tapping two pieces of metal together, and the 'BOOM' was like hearing a base drum from far away. All were very faint, but auditable and in sequence. The sound stayed with the light throughout the incident.
We followed the light and the "TICK, TICK, TICK, BOOM" as it crossed the street, went over some woods and then out of sight. The sound slowly faded and was gone after the light was no longer visible.
The entire incident lasted approximately 5-7 minutes. The light was visible as it passed across the street, over the woods and then out of sight. Even then, nothing could be seen at the "top" of the beam or from where it was emitting. It was simply a beam of light that seemed to have no source, and it was accompanied by that sound: TICK, TICK, TICK, BOOM.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))