I Saw the Kecksberg UFO!
Doug Yurchey, October 31, 2003
(Posted here by Wes Penre, June 18, 2005)
was a warm December night in 1965. I was 14 years old and my cousin
John was 12 years old as we left my house to sneak a few cigarettes down
the alley. We lived in the suburban community of Bridgeville; 12 miles
southwest of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We came to this
lithographic building which had a loading dock in the back. It was the
perfect place to sit and smoke in secret. We knew we had to leave soon.
The time was getting late into the evening. But, before we made our way
back to my house:
Something pierced the night’s sky over my left shoulder. Our heads
turned to the left and our eyes could not help but notice a bright ball
of light! Both John and I were stunned. Our mouths dropped. The object
was about the size of a full moon and it trailed sparks or little bits
of light. The odd thing about it was the thing did not fall straight
down. The UFO went laterally; sideways; almost up! Whatever this
was...it could not have been a meteor. A shooting star (or space debris)
falls down. A natural object does not move horizontally. Meteors do not
There was no sound. We could not tell its distance from us since the
object appeared just like a big dot of light. This was no saucer with
lights or any kind of features. The entire sighting lasted for
approximately 5 seconds. Then, the object passed over the southern hill;
behind the trees of what was called Cook School hill.
John and I immediately reacted. We ran to my house very excited. My
father, an old skeptic, thought we
crazy. UFOs were not a part of his belief-system. Nevertheless, I
convinced him to drive us up to the top of the hill and check to see if
anything came down there. At the time, my cousin and I thought the thing
could have hit somewhere around Cook School. My father humored us and
drove us around. We saw nothing strange. This convinced my dad that
there was nothing to this UFO business. ’Ah, UFOs’ he said in disbelief
and had a good laugh at my expense.
Thirty-eight years had passed. I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore. I had
seen a number of UFOs in my life. When looking back at the past, I
almost did not put this experience in with those other unexplainables.
Probably, the reason was it did resemble a close meteor fall. I assumed
this was merely a natural event and was nothing extraterrestrial.
Very recently, on television’s Sci-Fi Channel, they showed previews of
’Kecksberg Exposed.’ This was a 2-hour special hosted by Bryan Gumbel. I
looked forward to this because they were calling it the ’new Roswell’
and it happened in the Pittsburgh area; my home town. Minutes into the
show, my mouth dropped (as it did 38 years ago) and I said ’Oh, my
freaking God.’ I saw the Kecksberg UFO!
I certainly should have heard of this event and I’m a little ashamed
that I’m not that up on UFO history. Actually, I’m glad that I didn’t
put 2 and 2 together before this point because that would have lessened
the revelation that occurred during the documentary. The most compelling
factors in the show that led me to conclude I saw it was: 1) This was
the time I had my sighting; late one warm December night in 1965. 2)
Kecksberg is 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh; Bridgeville is 12 miles
southwest of Pittsburgh. The object moved south and it appeared to us to
pass over the southern hill. 3) The UFO, according to all reports, did
look similar to a meteor.
In an old newsreel film, an interviewer asked a very young Kecksberg
resident: ’What did it look like?’ The boy answered: ’A star on fire.’ A
street in the small farming town of Kecksberg was named METEOR Street
because of this encounter with the object. People who were able to get a
good look at it said that it was acorn-shaped. An acorn monument was
erected in the town and stands to this day.
The first reports came out of Canada and the thing in the night’s sky
continued southward. The UFO buzzed the Pittsburgh area and
turned...which, of course, indicates that it was not a natural
phenomena. Thousands of reports flooded into news agencies. KDKA
received hundreds of calls alone. If I was only mature enough, I would
have searched through newspapers the next day. This would have told me
that my cousin and I were not alone in our observation.
Kecksberg was another Roswell because the military was dispatched.
Oncemore...government agents, soldiers, Men in Black converged on a
small American town. Guns were pointed at citizens; people’s lives were
threatened; there were ’radiation’ scares; and authorities told people
to lie. People witnessed that federal ’suits’ seemed to give orders to
This convergence of government officials does not happen when a meteor
falls to Earth. Of course, there are those that will say the Kecksberg
UFO was a piece of Soviet intelligence...and that was the reason for
military intervention. The same was said about Roswell.
A large, flatbed truck was seen entering the wooded area where the thing
seemed to come to a soft landing. The truck was empty when it went in
and covered when it left. To this day, the Kecksberg controversy rages
on as townspeople are divided as to what really occurred. Some deny the
fallen object and that feds made any appearance at all. Others claim to
have had been in direct contact with government intimidation.
This writer is very pleased that something did happen at Kecksberg. I
wish my father was alive so I could tell him that I was not crazy.
Or...look dad; there are many others that are just as crazy as I am.