The Kecksburg UFO Sighting incident occurred on December 9, 1965, at Kecksburg Pennsylvania. A large brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario Canada. It streaked over the Detroit Michigan Windsor Canada area reportedly dropped hot metal debris over Michigan and northern Ohio starting some grass fires and caused sonic booms in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It was generally assumed and reported by the press to be a meteor after authorities discounted other proposed explanations such as a plane crash errant missile test, or reentering satellite debris. However, eyewitnesses in the small village of Kecksburg, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, claimed something crashed in the woods. A boy said he saw the UFO land; his mother saw a wisp of blue smoke arising from the woods and alerted authorities. Another reported feeling a vibration and “a thump” about the time the UFO reportedly landed. Others from Kecksburg, including local volunteer fire department members, reported finding an UFO in the shape of an acorn and about as large as a Volkswagen Beetle. Writing resembling Egyptian hieroglyphs was also said to be in a band around the base of the UFO.
Witnesses further reported that intense military presence, most notably the United States Army, secured the area, ordered civilians out, and then removed an UFO on a flatbed truck. The military claimed they searched the woods and found “absolutely nothing.