UFO sighting near Amherst
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AMHERST – Roswell, New Mexico. The Lubbock Lights of Texas. And now, East Pleasant Street, Amherst.
What do all of these locations have in common?
Occurrences of unexplained phenomena.
On Aug. 5, Matthew Allen was spending a quiet evening (between 9:30 and 10 p.m.) outdoors talking to a neighbour when he happened to look out toward a field beyond Gables Lodge when he noticed a bright orange light come up over the tree line in the overcast sky.
“At first I thought it was a kid’s rocket,” Allen said.
The object gained some altitude and suddenly stood still. Out of nowhere the object began moving hastily – left, right, up and down.
To Allen this was an unusual sequence of events and he didn’t know what to make of it.
“Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me,” he said.
Allen went inside to grab his neighbour, Ed Cooke, who happened to be watching a documentary on UFO’s at the time of the sighting.
“Grab the binoculars and run out,” he hollered to Cooke.
Before Cooke raced outside to witness the unusual sighting, his TV suddenly quit on him without warning.
“Odd,” he thought to himself.
Cooke grabbed his high-powered binoculars (which he recently bought) and ran outside.
With the advantage of his high-powered binoculars, he was able to get a clear visual of the object.
“It was a large black object, with flames shooting from the bottom,” Cooke said.
While Cooke was trying to make heads or tails of what the object was, his nephew instinctively grabbed his phone, capturing footage of the unidentified flying object.
“I was excited. I love stuff like that. At first I thought it was a plane on fire,” Cooke said.
Having there been an airport in the industrial park from years back, obvious assumptions were made that the object was a plane.
“I immediately called the police,” Allen said.
“I just seen something that was unidentified, I don’t know if it’s a plane or what,” he expressed to the dispatcher.
Allen, who spent some time in an infantry became familiar with certain aircrafts and said a person can usually hear an aircraft flying by, but this had no sound.
“It couldn’t have been a manmade object. It had no noise, it was dead quite that night.”
Allen described the object as doing its own thing.
“I’m looking at this thing last night and I’m like what’s going on? And then my science mind kicks in and it appeared as though it was defying the laws of physics. It was super cool to see.”
Then he started to consider other unearthly scenarios.
“What if?” he asked his friend.
The movements the object was attempting was too unusual for Allen to ignore or even comprehend.
“It’s easy to explain but hard to fathom. It’s one of those once in a lifetime moments where you don’t know what it is but everyone has talked about for God knows how long.”
The oddity of the day started much earlier, as the weather was uncharacteristic. Thunder howled and lightning struck as hail rained down in Shediac, N.B. and the surrounding areas. With reports of unusual weather, Allen thought the object might have been ball lightning – an unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon, spherical in shape.
“Ball lightning generally falls right to the ground, it usually doesn’t have a mind of its own.”
Cooke kept an eagle’s eye on the object for as long as it was still in his view.
The flames from the object began to sputter and there was a puff of smoke before he could see the disked object perfectly. It was lost in the tree line by Fox Ranch Road shortly after.
“It was a huge black disk which had vertical lines running through it,” Cooke said.
Reports from people outside of Amherst (as far away as River Hebert and Joggins) also witnessed the object.
“They’ve seen it too and they didn’t know what to make of it either,” Allen said.