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Declassified government documents reveal dozens of UFO sighting around northern Lincolnshire since 1997.
From “a big red dome” and “suspicious” lights to an object a quarter-of-a-mile long with “three large green windows”, they give an insight into the strange sightings people around our region had between 1997 and 2009.
The official documents, which are available to read on the UK Government’s website, include unidentified flying objects that were reported to the Ministry Of Defence.
The majority of the sightings took place in the late 1990s, a phenomenon which some have attributed to the popularity of TV show The X-Files and blockbuster alien movies such as Independence Day and Men In Black at the time.
David Clarke, a UFO historian and consultant to the National Archives, told Associated Press: “It’s evident there is some connection between newspaper stories, TV programs and films about alien visitors, and the numbers of UFO sightings.
“Aside from 1996, one of the busiest years for UFO sightings reported to the MoD [Ministry of Defence] over the past half century was 1978—the year Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released.”
The MoD recorded UFO sightings from the 1950s until 2009. After December 1 that year, reports of this kind are no longer recorded or investigated by the government department.
Northern Lincolnshire certainly saw more than its fair share of unusual goings-on in the skies throughout the last years of this period, with more than 30 reports filed by the MoD.
Below you can read through all the reports from our area over a 12-year period – and some are very strange indeed!
January 2, 20:58: Immingham – A large UFO, with all different coloured lights around it. Was stationary for some time, then started moving making small erratic movements.
January 2, 23:35: Scunthorpe – An object that is continually changing colour. Normal star shape.
June 2, 02:20: Scunthorpe – A big red dome with a bright red light. There were then white lights. It moved in a straight line.
July 25, 19:30: Humber Bridge – A silver, cigar shaped object. It had sharp pointed wings, with a red light on one side, and one green light on the other. It hovered at first and then moved off quickly.
October 7, 21:45: Humber – Two objects, but not seen together. There was a bright light at random intervals. The light was bigger than the stars. The objects zig-zagged across the sky on a continual flight path.
October 10, 19:30: Humber – One diamond-shaped object seen, with a bright light in the centre of the undercarriage. The object travelled from west to east in a straight line.
October 14, 01:05: Scunthorpe – A fire ball. It was approximately 35 degrees from horizontal. It made a steady downwards movement.
October 18, 19:20: Grimsby – Three triangular shaped objects, which were amber in colour. They were travelling quite fast. They were overtaking each other.
October 29, 21:00: Covenham Reservoir – Two very large craft. Yellow/golden in colour. There was a hovercraft type noise. 30 lights per craft and they were arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns.
August 1, 23:41: Cleethorpes – Lights were seen in the sky that looked suspicious.
August 13, 12:15: Louth – Described as a yellow/white ‘glow’, with flashing lights. Was moving very fast.
August 15, 02:30: Coningsby – Bright green light, three large green windows, 8ft apart, oval in shape and was a quarter-of-a-mile long.
September 8, 20:35: Barnetby – Large, round circular object with orange lights on the outside which changed colour. Centre had green lights which changed to blue.
March 10, 20:30: Broughton/Scunthorpe – Bright star-shaped light, about the size of a hot air balloon. Object was still, then dropped in height below tree line.
July 5, 23:10: Scunthorpe – Bright white light with a red tinge. Vertical, then started moving erratically.
December 3, 13:50: Scunthorpe – A large cigar-shaped object. The object moved very fast.
February 8, 19:45: Scunthorpe – White ball of light. Was moving from west to east. Stopped and then went up into the sky vertically.
April 16, 01:30: Grimsby – A ball-shaped object. It gave off a glow, like a hot coal ember – orange/red. It dropped through the air and then shot up and disappeared.
May 31, 01:35: Grimsby – Bright light travelling across the sky. Was very high and going faster than a jet.
March 31, 02:15: Scunthorpe – Two lights were circling around each other. They were yellow, red, green and blue in colour.
April 7, 01:50: Scawby – The witness saw a blue light, then yellow shooting stars, followed by a loud bang.
March 14, 05:29: Immingham/Grimsby – Saw one strange light, that stayed there for about an hour. It dimmed, then got brighter again.
September 4, 22:00: Louth – Two orange orbs seen outside moving very slow at first, then very fast towards the North Sea.
October 16, 20:00: Mablethorpe – Witness saw a silver light and then a flash.
July 27: Scunthorpe – Oval shaped, weird light in the sky. The object moved from right to left and was moving in a westerly direction.
December 21, 17:30: Scunthorpe – A bright flashing “star” in South West sky. Too bright for a star. Like a little fireball. It repeatedly got bright and then died down. Looked big but pretty far away.
January 28, 22:10: Grimsby – Light in the sky. Other lights falling or dripping from it to the ground. At first thought it was fireworks. Made no noise and was the size of a helicopter.
April 26, 22:05: Grimsby – Looked like a star or satellite. Saw three within 20 minutes. Came from the south. Its speed increased and then slowed down. Finally headed east over the North Sea.
November 1, 12:31: Humberston – Six lights in ‘S’ shape – misty sky, ground clear. Gradually disappeared.
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