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Website Debunks 'Welsh Roswell'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:41:09 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:41:09 -0500
Subject: Website Debunks 'Welsh Roswell'

Source: The Western Mail - Cardiff, Wales, UK


Feb 20 2007

Website Debunks 'Welsh Roswell'

Robin Turner
Western Mail

A celebrateD UFO incident in which aliens are said to have
crash-landed into a remote Welsh mountain range in 1974 may
finally have been debunked.

According to contributions on the internet encyclopedia
Wikipedia, the Berwyn Mountains Incident - often referred to as
the "Welsh Roswell" - was actually a combination of an
earthquake, a meteor shower and poachers carrying lanterns.
Supporters of the UFO theory last night hit back at the claims.

It all happened on the frosty night of January 23, 1974, near
Llandrillo, high in Clwyd's Berwyn Mountains.

Just after 8.30pm, even the most solid farmhouses and country
pubs began to shake as the earth rumbled with what appeared to
be a fantastic impact.

As people looked out of their homes, the night sky was streaked
with light. Peculiar "fairy lights" were also seen floating over
the Berwyns. A nurse and her two daughters claimed to have seen
an orange ball on the mountainside above Llandrillo while others
claimed to have seen "non-human beings" being handled by
military personnel.

But it was, says Wikipedia, a complex coincidence of a meteor
shower widely observed over Wales and northern England, a small
earthquake, plus the activity of poachers - which explained the
fairy lights.

And the website says so-called "men in black", thought to have
been Government agents in the area soon afterwards, were in fact
civil servants from the British Geological Survey who happened
to be wearing dark clothing.

Contributors to the online encyclopedia say it is now known that
at 8.38pm on January 23, 1974, an earthquake measuring 3.5 on
the Richter Scale was felt over a wide area of North Wales and
as far afield as Liverpool.

First reactions were that a plane had crashed, or a meteorite
had impacted.

Wikipedia claims, "Further confusion was caused by lights seen
on the Berwyn Mountains, which subsequently turned out to have
belonged to poachers.

"Police were alerted and set up a search team. Within an hour
about 10 officers were searching the Berwyn Mountains and they
were joined later by an RAF mountain rescue team from Valley
(Anglesey). Nothing was found, and all searches were called off
at just after 2pm the following day."

But Cefn Henry Williams, a Plaid Cymru councillor representing
Llandrillo, believes something unusual happened that night.

He said, "In the early hours a close friend of mine said he went
up the mountain to see if there had been some kind of crash. He
was buzzed by army helicopters all screaming at him through loud
speakers 'keep away - evacuate the area'. Now while I am not a
follower of the crashed UFO theory there could have been some
experimental jet which crashed and the military wanted no one
near there."

Cardiff-based Lionel Fanthorpe, the broadcaster and cleric who
is president of the British UFO Research Association (Bufora),
yesterday invoked the example of the celebrated Roswell incident
- when the US Government is rumoured to have recovered an alien
body from a downed UFO near the remote New Mexico town of
Roswell - in support of the claims.

He said, "Purely from a statistical point of view a visit from
some other civilisation is long overdue."

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