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Date:November 24, 1896
Place:Hanford, California

"Tuesday, December 24 [1896]" ... "The mysterious air ship travels in ... Hanford ..." [1]

"The cities where observations of the airship were reported after the 23 [of November 1896] include... Hanford... " "As for the exact nature of the mysterious light, most of the reports were vague, mentioning only one brilliant light in the Western sky early in the evening, indicating possible confusion with planet Venus. Reported speeds of the light were slow, and if one considers the testimony of a certain number of witnesses who said the light moved in an undulating manner, this could indicate that some sightings were due to balloons equipped with lanterns pushed by the wind. Part of the witnesses said that they saw something large supporting the light but very few details were indicated. The terms the most commonly used to describe the "carrying structure" were: "dark body", "blurry mass", "the shape of a cigar", "egg-shaped", and "barrel shaped". [2]


  • [1] "La chronique des OVNIS", book by Michel Bougard, Delarge publisher, 1977.
  • [2] Article by Loren Gross in "The mammoth encyclopedia of extraterrestrial encounters", compiled by Ronald D. Story, Robinson publisher, 2001.
Notes:Insufficient information.
Explanation:Could be anything.


Type of report:Second hand from newspaper.
Number of witnesses:Not indicated.
Number of named witnesses:0.
Witnesses occupations:Not indicated.
Type of location:Not indicated.
Coordinates:Lat. 36.33 Long. -119.64
Coordinates precision:5 kilometers.
Description of "UFO":Not indicated.
Description of "manoeuvers":Not indicated.
Reactions:Not indicated.
Occupants keywords:N/A
Daylight/nocturnal:Not indicated.
Weather:Not indicated.
Observation devices:None.
Explanation(s) at the time:Not indicated.

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