Today marks the 50th anniversary of the UFO which streaked across the US and crashed near Kecksburg.
Initially played down as nothing more than a meteor impact, the famous event later earned the nickname of “Pennsylvania’s Roswell” after the military allegedly attempted to cover it up.
The incident began on December 9, 1965 when thousands of witnesses across several states observed a peculiar fireball which dropped ‘hot metal debris’ as it blazed through the heavens.
Despite the sightings being fairly widespread however it was the small town of Kecksburg in Pennsylvania that would become most closely associated with the incident.
It started when a young local boy claimed that he had seen the object landing in nearby woods and his mother later reported it to the authorities when she saw strange blue wisps rising from the trees.
Several locals including members of the fire department went out to investigate the scene and came across an odd acorn-shaped object the size of a small car with strange writing on its surface.
Within a short space of time there were reports of an intense military presence at the crash site with army officials ordering civilians away from the scene while the object was being loaded on to a truck.
Exactly what crashed in Kecksburg that day 50 years ago continues to remain the subject of much controversy and debate. Some people believe that it might have been a crashed Soviet satellite or the remains of some experimental test flight that went horribly wrong.
There are even those who believe that the object was evidence of extraterrestrial visitation.
Whatever the case, the Kecksburg mystery is likely to endure for many more years to come.