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FLYING SAUCERS OVER KING CITY
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"Fireball" Hovers Over
Ex-Mt. V. Mayor's Home
A fireball as big as a
hovered over the home of a
former Mt. Vernon mayor last
More flying saucer reports
poured into both the police sta-
tion and sheriff's office during
the night as numerous people re-
ported "strange lighted objects in
Harry L. Bishop, former
who lives at the north edge of
town on the Centralia Road, said
the fireball he saw "coming right
down the Centralia Road from
the north" was "the brightest
red light I have ever seen."
"It appeared to be only
300 or 400 feet high, was oval
shaped and was about the size
of a washtub," said Bishop.
The ex-mayor said his wife
saw the fireball first and called
him about 10:10 p.m. "I could
hardly believe my eyes," he said.
"I first saw the lighted
following the route of the Cen-
tralia Road," he said. "When it
got over my house, it stopped
and I could see it very clearly.
Although it was bright red it did
not light up the neighborhood."
Bishop said the fireball
moved westward, went out of
sight for a moment "like some-
body had turned the light off."
He said it then reappeared in
the west and seemed to be travel-
ing at a high rate of speed.
"It seemed to be making a
light whirring sound," he said.
Called The Neighbors
"I thought those people at
Fairfield were crazy when I
read about the strange things
they have been seeing in the
sky," said Bishop, "but I've
changed my mind after last
night. (Many lights in the sky
have been reported recently in
the Fairfield area.)
His first thought, he said,
was that he had better call some
neighbors to watch the fireball
"or everyone would think I was
"I called neighbors and
also watched the strange lighted
object," he said. "I noticed a
car coming down the Centralia
road. It stopped suddenly and
the driver jumped out and looked
upwards. He saw the object, too,
and it startled him to a stop."
Bishop estimated that the
ball was in sight for from ten to
Many Other Reports
Many other Mt. Vernon resi-
dents reported seeing a strange
light in the western sky and one
resident of east Mt. Vernon said,
he saw two lights moving across
the sky at the same time.