July 30, 1968
Location: Claremont, New Hampshire, United States
manufacturing plant worker was carrying two buckets of
water toward his garden when he saw "a bright round
object float in a gentle arc low in the sky to the northeast."
It looked like a full moon but was at an extremely low
altitude. Shortly thereafter and just two miles away,
a land surveyor and his wife witnessed a dome-shaped object.
It was about 20 feet wide and hovered approximately 10
feet above the ground, and was 230 feet away.
Witness' sketch of UFO seen in Claremont, NH.
NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon),
'Strange Effects from UFOs', by Donald Keyhoe and Gordon
Witnesses Observe Near-Landing
1 a.m., a manufacturing plant worker was carrying two
buckets of water toward his garden in Claremont, New Hampshire,
when he saw "a bright round object float in a gentle
arc low in the sky to the northeast." It looked like
a full moon but was at an extremely low altitude.
UFO disappeared behind some trees. Running back into his
apartment, the witness checked the time. It was 1:12 a.m.,
July 30, 1968.
thereafter, a land surveyor and his wife had retired after
working in the rock garden of their new home less than
two miles from the residence of the plant worker. It was
2 a.m. when they saw a dome-shaped object. It was about
20 feet wide and hovered approximately 10 feet above the
ground. They estimated its distance from them at 230 feet.
object . . . was moving slowly, causing shadows on some
freshly cut hay," the husband reported to NICAP.
"These shadows made effects of people moving."
UFO shone a 20-foot wide gray-colored beam of light onto
the ground. The frightened witnesses said their children
and dogs were highly disturbed.
children . . . were very restless," the wife
stated. "They were moaning as if something was
hurting them. . . . They were actually crying out in their
sleep. The children are both very quiet sleepers and once
they are in bed they do not wake up unless they are sick.
. . . Our German shepherd . . . was . . . whimpering and
whining as if something was hurting her. . . . My poodle
. . . was most upset. He sleeps in our bedroom . . . and
he pawed the side of the bed until I put him in bed with
us. He was actually shaking from being so upset. As soon
as the object left both dogs quieted down and went to
sleep. . . . My fear for the children was what upset me
most. I kept saying to my husband, what was going to happen
to the poor children if someone should come to the house."
witnesses "felt isolated and terrified."
The husband wanted to drive for help, but his wife refused
to let him leave. The observers heard a high-pitched humming
sound, like that of a utility pole transformer.
few minutes later, the object moved about 25 feet to the
east and remained there until 4:30 a.m. At this time,
the humming sound grew "very loud." The
light brightened to "high intensity"
and the UFO started moving to the west, clearing the trees
and disappearing. The shepherd dog "whined loudly."
this time," the wife said, "I thought
of all kinds of things. I keep hearing sounds throughout
the house. Any other night, they wouldn't have meant a
thing, but tonight, they were most terrifying."
they were watching the object, the witnesses saw a projection
from it descend toward the ground.
experience was very terrifying and I hope that it never
happens again," the wife concluded. "However,
if it should, I hope that my husband and I will be prepared
by then to handle the matter in a better way. . . ."
hours later, the husband reported the incident to Claremont
Police Captain Ernest M. Fausse, who confirmed to John
Meloney, of NICAP's New Hampshire Subcommittee, that the
witness appeared nervous and apprehensive.