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Teachers, 200 Children See UFO In Broad Daylight
April 7, 1967
Opa Locka, Florida

Fran Ridge:
April 7, 1967; Opa Locka, Florida
10:00 a.m. Children at Crestview Elementary School saw an object which appeared in a tree-dotted field behind the school. The next 10 minutes were chaotic.  Mrs. Virginia Martin, a sixth grade teacher, said that there was a lot of excitement. She wasn't paying any attention to what the children were pointing to at first, but was trying to set them lined up (to watch). Most of the 200 girls and boys at morning recess were running towards the school ground fence, yelling and pointing. Mrs. Martin, fourth grade teacher Bob Apfal, and sixth grade instructor Miss Marian Waters spotted the oval-shaped object hovering behind a pine tree in an open field. It seemed to move in toward the school, then went straight back and dropped below a pine tree. It then came up again and went westward. Teacher Bob Apfal exhibited no qualms. "lt was a flying saucer."  This was the second consecutive day he and his class had seen similar, metallic like objects north of the school grounds.The teachers spent Friday afternoon talking to three Air Force investigators who drove to the school from Homestead Air Force Base. Andy Cohen (who said there were two objects) became the closest to a consensus spokesman for the kids, sat in a car and told what he saw : "They looked like long cigars. They were flying apart one at a time. Some of the girls got hysterical when they saw them." Later in the day it was discovered that the UFO sightings were not limited to the children and teachers at Crestview. Mrs. Mary Troesser, called at the Herald to inquire about any "strange sightings". Mrs. Troesser had been out in the yard and happened to glance in the direction of Crestview Elementary School. "There was this oval object with red lights just over the trees . . ".

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