This article was published in the daily newspaper The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio, USA, on October 11, 1973.
15 Sightings of UFOs Reported Near Dayton
Dayton, Ohio (UPI) - At least 15 sightings of unidentified flying objects "covered with red, green and blue lights" zooming about at tree-top level, were reported in Southwestern Ohio Wednesday night.
The UFO's, sighted in the Dayton-Cincinnati area, were all classified "unofficial" by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials. None were detected on radar because they apparently were flying too low.
The first sighting was reported shortly after 8 p.m. by a New Lebanon Township officer.
"He didn't want to say he saw it, but he said it," Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy Michael Sullivan reported.
"The officer said it was oblong and covered with lights. It appeared stationary in the sky about tree top level for several minutes until he tried to shine his cruiser spot light on it," Sullivan said. "It then zoomed toward him and then shot straight up in the air... after he turned out his light... and disappeared."
Sullivan said the UFO sightings lasted from a fleeting moment to 12 minutes.
"They would be behind the trees and come up and fly away... as if you startled it or something," he said.
"No balloon, helicopter or kite can move that fast or has that many lights attached or can go so quickly in a straight-up direction," he said.
A spokesman at Wright-Patterson, whose UFO center was discontinued several years ago, said there would be no attempt to investigate the sightings unless there was an "imminent danger."
Sullivan said his officers "certainly can't chase them."