Date: 20 April 2016
From: Fran Ridge
Subject: Nov. 16, 1973; Lemon Grove, California
Distribution: MADAR, nicapresearch

Nov. 16, 1973; Lemon Grove, CA
7:00 PM. Two 11-year old boys, but there are supporting reasons why this may well be a good case. The boys were outside intending to play in a vacant lot/field in the neighborhood. When they arrived at the field, there was a dark object hovering about 18 inches above it. It seemed inactive in any way. One of the boys cautiously approached it and rapped it with his flashlight. The sound made was of metal on metal. Instantly, the object's dome lit up in a brilliant red light which illuminated the entire area. It rose three or four more feet off the ground, and a row of green lights manifested around its perimeter, flashing in sequence. The thing began rotating and making a "woooo..woooo..woooo.."sound.  This object was easily seeable now [with all the light effects], and appeared as a domed disk, with the disk like a chubby but angular object as seen from the side [as if one took two bowls with flat bottoms and 45-degree sides and inverted one on the other]. The dome was large and tall [about equal to half or more of the disk height] and glowing bright red, then flashing intermittent red.

One of the boys said he saw "rivets" or bolts around the central rim. And, it may have been that the initial impression that the thing wasn't on the ground was wrong, because now 4 [?] "landing pods" were visible. The UFO continued to rise and the boys were running home. As they did so, they felt "chills and tingly" and weak, "like they were going to die...and running in slow motion". The object , which was later estimated at about 20-feet in diameter, took off at moderate speed, and disappeared into the clouds. The boys told both their mothers of the experience immediately upon getting to their homes.

Field investigation revealed two holes in the ground, 6x6 inches square, and 6 inches deep. A third depression was found  [on harder turf?] which formed an equilateral triangle [were the boys wrong to draw the craft with 4 pods instead of three?]. Grass in the field was found swirled [counter-clockwise]. Field investigator Donald Carr did a fine job on the case and his survey of the surrounding neighborhood produced supporting evidence. Five residents recalled unusual television interference at the time when the boys reported the object.[c. 7:20pm].

There was also a claim that a magnetometer at a "La Posta station" registered a "perturbation" at 7:20 as well. All this seems to strengthen the boys' story. When researchers visited the field, they noticed that crushed grass existed in the bottoms of the depressed marks, suggesting that a great weight or force had exerted itself on the hard grass-covered turf to penetrate down to 6 inches. A last coincidence [?] was found when it was discovered that telephone service was impaired, ultimately requiring two "fused" lines to be replaced. (Mike Swords. Sources: "TV Interference, Fused Phone Lines, Cited in UFO Landing Case", David Branch and Robert Klinn, Santa Ana [CA] Register, December 8(?,date hard to read) 1973; "Boys Encounter Landed Object", APRO Bulletin, January/February 1974; "Boys Say UFO Hit with Flashlight", SKYLOOK (MUFON), #75, February 1974.)