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UFO Buffs Sue To Obtain Data On Pa. Fireball

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex@terra.com.br>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 09:46:24 -0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 15:51:35 -0500
Subject: UFO Buffs Sue To Obtain Data On Pa. Fireball

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio



Michael Sangiacomo
Plain Dealer Reporter

Elyria - Were the fiery objects that crashed into Elyria 38
years ago Tuesday part of an unidentified flying object that
crashed near the western Pennsylvania town of Kecksburg?

Inquiring minds want to know.

A group of UFO enthusiasts, backed by the Sci-Fi Channel, filed
a lawsuit Tuesday seeking full disclosure of NASA records
regarding the crash of a large, fiery object near Kecksburg.

According to a front-page story in The Plain Dealer on Dec. 10,
1965, smaller fireballs also crashed in the Elyria area, setting
10 small grass fires.

Mrs. Ralph Richards of West River Drive in Elyria told the
newspaper she saw a "flaming object about the size of a
basketball" crash into a field.

Government officials at the time said the main fireball and the
smaller pieces came from a meteorite that broke up on entering
the Earth's atmosphere.

But the Coalition for Freedom of Information, a group seeking
more government information about UFOs, said witnesses reported
watching the huge fireball maneuver through the sky before
impact, suggesting it was "either a highly advanced space probe"
or some other unknown object from outer space.

"Calling it a meteorite does not explain why the U.S. Army
cordoned off the area and kept townspeople out of the site,"
said Larry Landsman of the SciFi Channel headquarters in New
York. "The area was practically under martial law. People have
reported seeing something hauled away from the scene, but this
was always denied by the government."

The suit was filed in Washington, D.C., by Leslie Kean, of San
Rafael, Calif., the investigative director of the Coalition for
Freedom of Information. She asked that NASA be forced to release
all information it has gathered on the Kecksburg crash.

The coalition was formed last year to concentrate on the
"government operations relating to the investigation of
unidentified flying objects."

According to the lawsuit, Kean filed a Freedom of Information
Act request in January for information and was told that no such
records exist.

A spokesman for NASA in Washington, D.C., said the agency had
heard about the lawsuit but would have no comment.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

msangiacomo@plaind.com, 216-999-4890