Fifty years after several Michigan residents reported seeing strange and colourful objects and floating discs in the sky (some even saying that they saw something touching down), UFOlogists are revisiting the sightings from 1966 in a conference in Ann Arbor.
The “Swamp Gas UFO Conference” will be held on Saturday, and invites anyone who wants to learn about the strange sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) of March 1966. William Konkolesky, state director for the Michigan chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, said, “This wasn’t just one or two people seeing something in the middle of nowhere.” He further added, “When you look at the amount of info from this particular event, I can’t think of anybody who would reasonably be able to shrug it off and say that nothing’s going on.”
As reported by The Macomb Daily, hundreds of residents across Livingston and Washtenaw spotted lights and strange aircraft they couldn’t explain in the sky from a period of March 14 to March 23, 1966. As a result of the numerous reports that came in, the US Air Force sent officials to investigate the area. However, following an inquiry, the sightings were dismissed as “swamp gas.”
John EL Tenney, a paranormal researcher, who will be speaking at the Swamp Gas UFO Conference, said, “People have these ideas and they have these experiences, but because of the way it’s portrayed in the media, they are afraid to profess it out loud. If we did talk about this to each other, we would realize it’s worth investigation and study.”
The focus of the conference will be to revisit the sightings, and the facts behind them, rather than discuss aliens or conspiracy theories, as reported by the Detroit Free Press. “There are a lot of people who really don’t have a sense of the importance of this event,” Konkolesky said. “Before the event fades away into history, we want to say, ‘This was a big deal.’”
The sightings have not exactly stopped, Konkolesky said. There were as many as 331 sightings of UFOs – some of which were later discovered to be aircraft, drones and sky lanterns – received by Konkolesky’s chapter and its investigators. Nevertheless, there were some sightings that were unexplainable. “We either figure it out or we stop at the water’s edge and say, this is unexplainable,” Konkolesky said.
The conference is scheduled to take place on March 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden in Ann Arbor, located at 2900 Jackson Ave. Further details of the event can be found at: swampgasufo.com.