Mysterious events reported from 48 Pennsylvania counties |

Mysterious events reported from 48 Pennsylvania counties

The year 2011 was another active time period for Pennsylvania residents to report strange observations and encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot and other strange creatures, and various other mysterious events. Stan Gordon, an independent researcher and author, has been keeping records of such anomalistic events from Pennsylvania since 1959, when he was 10 years old.

In 1969, Gordon set up a UFO Hotline through which the public could contact him to report UFO sightings or anything unusual. He has been receiving such reports ever since and continues to do so by phone at 724-838-7768 or e-mail: [email protected] .

The sighting reports which come to Gordon’s attention yearly are either reported directly to him or are reported to other sources such as Peter Davenport’s National UFO Reporting Center at, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network at, the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society at or other independent groups and researchers.

During 2011, unusual incidents originated from 48 counties in Pennsylvania.

UFO sightings were responsible for the highest percentage of strange observations reported. Some rather strange creature encounters also came across Gordon’s desk, he said. Bigfoot encounters continue to be reported yearly from various locations in the state. An encounter with a large-winged humanoid creature, giant bird sightings, mountain lions, and other creature incidents also reportedly occurred. Among other phenomena reported were strange footprints seen in various locations, unusual sounds and odd photographic images.

Some of the UFO sightings that Gordon looked into in 2011 were natural or man-made objects. The bright planets Venus and Jupiter were commonly misidentified. Bright meteors, a blimp, and what appeared to be launches of homemade hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns led to some UFO reports. On the evening of June 21 in the Pittsburgh area, a defective national weather service balloon following the wind patterns created some UFO reports.

There were numerous reports from various statewide locations of formations of bright orange or orange-red lights during the year. Gordon feels there is no doubt that some of these were launches of some type of hot air balloons. However, some of the reports are more interesting, he said. On the evening of Sept. 24, there were a number of UFO sightings reported around the Pittsburgh area. One sighting in Baldwin Borough, Allegheny County, involved five luminous objects moving in a fixed position. The witnesses were interviewed by fellow researcher Keith Bastianini.

One witness describing the actions of some of the objects commented, “They broke the formation and began maneuvering about under the others. A couple of times it almost seemed as if they would merge together and then separate.” For a more detailed account, visit at .

Unidentified Flying Objects sightings of different shapes and sizes occurred all year long. Spherical, cigar, triangular, rectangular and disc-shaped objects were all reported. In August, a daylight observation of a large shiny metallic cigar-shaped object hovering low above the ground was reported in Butler County. In September, near Charleroi, in Washington County, a cigar-shaped object was reported with what appeared to be a row of brightly illuminated rectangular windows. In October, there was a report from Somerset County describing a glowing orange cylindrical-shaped object in a vertical position only about 80 feet above the ground. Other similar sightings were reported elsewhere in the state.

The last UFO incident Gordon received for the year was reported near Latrobe in Westmoreland County. The witness was on Route 30 east in the vicinity of the Walmart Plaza when she noticed a number of vehicles stopped and several people looking toward the sky. What was observed was a large object, which appeared to be more round than oblong and was spinning. Numerous lights could be seen on the lower part of the object.

Eric Altman of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society provided details about reported Bigfoot activity in 2011. His group was looking into reports from Adams, Beaver, Cambria, Elk, Fayette, and Forest counties. Gordon received information on possible Bigfoot-related activity in Armstrong and Westmoreland County as well. In November, a truck driver near Jonestown rounded a bend and observed a creature described as 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds in weight and covered with light brown hair, except for the face which was white. In October, three men small game hunting in the Allegheny National State Forest, encountered a 7-to-8-foot tall creature covered in dark brown hair. The beast was said to have been throwing rocks at them and growling.

Fayette County continues to be an active area for reported encounters with these large, hair-covered generally man-like creatures. There were several reports during 2011, including a series of incidents that occurred from August through September. That event began with reports that an overnight security team was hearing unusual sounds almost nightly in the forested areas around the construction site they were guarding. The team claimed they would hear loud high-pitched screams, howls, whoops, wood knocks and even deep guttural growls.

On Sept. 8, the supervisor of the security unit contacted the Pa. Bigfoot Society to report that around 3:30 in the morning, he saw a creature staring at him from around the back of a power supply board on the edge of the property approximately 75 yards away. He watched the creature for several moments until it turned and walked away on two legs into the darkness. The PBS responded with an investigation and a series of unexplained sounds were heard and recorded. Some of these sounds can be heard under the sound tabs at the PBS website at .

To report a UFO, Bigfoot or other strange creature sighting or any unusual incident in Pennsylvania, call Stan Gordon at 724-838-7768 (24 hours) or email: [email protected] . Visit Stan Gordon’s “UFO Anomalies Zone” website at for recent reports of unusual incidents from Pennsylvania as well as other events.

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