This article was published in the daily newspaper The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, USA, on October 12, 1966.
UFOs Reported Seen in New Jersey, S. Dakota
Objects Like 'Lighted Merry-go-Rounds' Described by Police, Other Watchers
Authorities in two widely separated areas - New Jersey and South Dakota - have reported flying objects. The incidences were apparently unrelated.
Two UFOs were reported sighted Monday night in the Ft. Thompson (S.D.) area, both resembling "lighted merry-go-rounds." The first sighting was reported by Kanabec rancher Roger Huston about 9 p.m. He said a bluish light appeared to be hanging over he Crow Creek Indian Reservation community of Ft. Thompson.
The sighting was later corroborated by motor patrolman Patrick Gribbin, Sheriff Lee Roberts and Game Warden floyd Gaarder of Presho, all of whom drove into the country to view the lights.
Joined by Another
The first object moved slowly from an overhead position eastward and two hours later Ft Thompson police said it had brightened and was joined by another object in the sky. The lights on the second object seemed to rotate, witnesses said, changing from red to green to yellow, while the original object went from white to bluish-green to red.
Gribbin said they saw the first object from a point about 20 miles west of Ft. Thompson. The motor patrol said there was no aircraft reported in the area at the time.
Hundreds of miles to the east, at Wanaque, N.J., at least five persons - three of them policemen - reported sighting UFOs. Patrolman William Pastor said he spotted a "bright light" hovering over Wanaque reservoir while he was parked in a patrol car nearby.
Light Goes Out
"I turned on the red light on the patrol car," he said, "and the light on the object immediately went out."
Sightings also were reported at the reservoir by Sgt. Benjamin Thompson and Patrolman Edward Western, both of the reservoir police. They said a "bright object" appeared about 11 p.m., passed over the reservoir from Pompton Lakes to the south and went down behind the dam.
Two other persons also reported seeing "an unidentified flying object land."
Wanaque reservoir seems to be a favorite haunt of whatever it was the witnesses saw. Last summer, several sightings were reported, including one by a newspaper editor.