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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA, on page 1, on July 10, 1947.

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ANGELENO FINDS 'DISK' SMOKING IN FLOWER BED

Into a geranium bed at the home of Russell Long, construction engineer, 11838 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, last night appeared a "flying saucer."

"It was definitely a jet-propulsion job," he said, "and it must have been radio controlled because there was a radio tube stuck in the middle. And by the way, how do I go around claiming this $1000 reward?"

Long was awakened at 10:45 last night by a pop that was not quite an explosion. He rushed into the garden and found the disk, flat on the geranium, having nudged a few bricks out of the brick border around the flower bed.

An aluminum-painted convex disk less than 30 inches in diameter, it was of medium gauge steel. A radio tube on top was set down into the upper half of the double saucer, with wires leading to a plug imbedded in the center of the lower half.

Battalion chief Wallace E. Newcombe, of the Van Nuys Fire Department, said, "it doesn't look to me as if it would fly."

Spectators guessed it was anything from a part of a weather balloon to a manual-arts exercise in sheet metal which developed into material for a hoax.

Overlooking no bets, however, the F.B.I. and Army Intelligence sent investigators to the scene.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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