Fireball, Fiery Globes, Glowing Sphere Reports
- August 7, 1566. Basel, Switzerland (1)
- August 15, 1666. Robozero, Russia (1)
Ball of fire descending from the clear, sunny sky. About 130 feet in diameter. Two fiery beams, also about 130 feet in length projected from the front of the object. Fishermen on the lake about a mile away were badly burned by the heat of the UFO.
- Worl War II. Nicaragua (1)
Engaged in counterespionage duties in the Caribean. While sailing off the coast of Nicaragua, he and his boat's captain saw a bright green-and-blue sphere which approached the observers until it was the apparent size of a plate. it then exploded silently in a blinding flash of light. Sanderson, Ivan Terence.
- 1943. (3)
According to information disclosed to the well known author, Jacques Vallee, by a former engineer with US intelligence in Germany, Americans were already aware by 1943 that UFOs (or 'foo-fighters', as they were then dubbed by USAAF air crews) could interfere at a distance with internal combustion engines. Investigators at the time suspected that electrostatic effects were the cause. A secret investigation into the phenomenon, including an investigation into German research on jet aircraft, was conducted in 1943 by the US National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), under the direction of Professor Dr Hugh L. Dryden (developed America's first successful radar-guided missle).
- 1944-45. Europe (1)
The glowing spheres and disks, ranging in size from one-to-five in diameter, sometimes exhibiting changes in color, usually from orange to red to white and back to orange. Rare daylight sightings revealed globes with a metallic finish. Sometimes flying in formation.
- Reportedly, foo fighters observed over Korea and Vietnam were sometimes tracked by radar. (1)
- 1945. Japan (1)
Foo fighters were also reported by allied bomber pilots flying over Japan. After the war, it was discovered that the Germans and Japanese had also been perplexed by the same phenomenon.
- Summer and Autumn, 1946. Sweden (1)
UFOs observed in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Turkey, West Africa between 1946 and 1948.
Mysterious fireballs and cigar-shaped UFOs. The objects usually traveled at altitudes between about one thousand and three thousand feet. Variously described as traveling slower than airplanes or crossing the sky in seconds at fantastic speeds. Known to travel all directions, execute turns, circular maneuvers. In October 1946. Swedish defense ministry issued a communique that radar had detected about two hundred objects "which cannot be the phenomena referred to as Swedish airplanes. " Ghost Rockets.
- 1948-49. New Mexico (1)
Mysterious green fireballs began to make frequent appearances over highly-restricted areas in the southwestern United States. The large number of sightings alarmed the United States Air Force (USAF). Green Fireballs.
- 1951. Korea
Craft hit soldier with light beam after fired upon by M-1 rifle.
- July 5, 1952. Richlands, Washington
Source: UFOs Continue To Visit Nuclear Energy Sites By George D. Fawcett
Source: UFOs: A History(January-May, 1952)Loren E. Gross, "Memorandum for Mr. Levy. Prepared by the Inspector General, Directorate of Special Investigations, Hq. USAF, Washington, D.C. OSI Records. BLUE BOOK Files.
Two yellow globes of fiery appearence were reported over the Hanford plant seven days later, confirmed by Air Force investigators.
- July 19, 1952. Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base tower operators looked to the south where a "Huge fiery-orange sphere" was hovering.
- September 27, 1954. Premanon (Jura), France
Raymond Romand,. Two beings, squarish with legs; fiery ball hovered over meadow, light from barn reflected off being, child threw pebbles that struck it with metallic sound; 12-foot circle of flattened grass, imprints, at site"
- Summer, 1966. Switzerland
Aerial phenomena photographed at a Swiss airport in the Summer of 1966. Philip Klass identified the objects as fireballs (courtesy ICUFON/E.Baguhn).
- June 26, 1972. Fort Beaufort, South Africa (1)
Fiery ball. Bennie Smit and others.
- March 29, 2009. Richmond, Virginia
Witness described seeing odd lights, booming noises and in some instances a fireball in the sky over the Richmond area.
Initially, the disturbance was explained as part of a Russian rocket breaking up on reentry. Geoff Chester, public relations officer with the US Naval Observatory speculatied a Russian rocket (Soyuz spacecraft) breaking up on reentry. But on Tuesday, March 13, Stefan Bocchino of the USAF Joint Space Operations Center said in an e-mail to WTOP radio in Virgina that the bright light was not the result of a man made object. The Joint Space Operations Center tracks man made objects, in space they do not track natural objects such as meteorites.