[March 21, 1996] -- Darren Stevens, an announcer at CKQB, said that at approximately 9:45 a.m. on March 19, 1996 he received a call in the radio station studio from Luc Fortin, who claimed to have been one of eight people who saw a UFO land and then take off near Walthan, Quebec, which is aproximately 20 km from Pembroke, Ontario. All witnesses, according to the source, were so shocked to see the craft land and take off that there were no photographs taken.
At 11:45 a.m., Rob McConnell spoke with Luc Fortin, who said that the person who brought his attention to the object was Hector Brochu, who resides in a nearby community of Fort-Counces [spelling uncertain]. According to Hector Brochu, he watched the object, which was described as a diamond shape, 2-1/2 feet high and 2 feet wide, fall to the ground like a feather. It made no noise whatsoever, and was very shiny, as if made of foil. There were no markings whatsoever. The object had what appeared to be a "bulb of mercury" hanging from it. When Brochu got within 10 feet of the object, which he was going to bring home for his daughter, the object rose into the air and remained in a fixed position approximately 150' in the air. Brochu, who ran when the object rose into the air, is 60 years old. The object had landed in a lumber yard. Brochu was able to get 8 people who all saw the object, which remained stationary for about 10 minutes and then left and landed again in what witnesses described as Alouette Island in the Ottawa River.
According to Brochu, there is no evidence of the object at the lumberyard landing site.
It appeared, according to witnesses that the object was under "intelligent control."
This is the first sighting that any of the witnesses had ever seen. Contrary to preliminary reports, there have been no reports made to goverment agencies or law enforcement. According to local Air Traffic Control, there was no irregular or unidentified traffic in the area.
Reference to this sighting will be indexed at 960319-0001-ON-CA-Z1 /International Registry of Paranormal Activity Data Base.
[Rob McConnell, is Publisher of The 'X' Chronicles, "North America's ONLY Parapsychology Monthly Newspaper."]
LUMBER WORKERS ENCOUNTER UFO
[This story aired on the 5 pm news, March 21, 1996 on CHVR radio in Pembrode, Ontario, anchored by Daphny Gebhart. CNI News thanks Wanda Sudrala for sending this story.]
Luc Fortin and Hector Brochur went to work Tuesday morning, March 19, at the Waltham, Quebec Drykilm Lumber Yard as usual. But as they and six of their fellow workers soon found out, Tuesday was anything but an ordinary day for the west Quebec workers.
At about 9:45 a.m. Hector Brochur was working in the boiler room when he saw what he thought was a kite land in the lumber yard. He stopped what he was doing, thinking that he would go and get the stray kite and bring it home to his granddaughter.
But as he got closer, he realized that what he was looking at was not a kite. He says it was smooth, about 2 feet in diameter, star-shaped and looked to be made of metal -- aluminum in appearance. As he inched closer, to within 10 meters of the object, it shot straight up into the air and hovered in the sky for about 15 minutes.
Fortin says Brochur was the only one to get close to the object. However, the others, eight in all, did get a look at it. He says now they are just trying to make sense of it all.
An independent UFO researcher believes the sighting warrants an investigation. MUFON spokesman Mike Woods says the fact that the object flew up into the air when one man approached it tells him it may have had a built in sensor. He also says the appearance of the object is intriguing.
While the incident has sparked the interest of MUFON, it has also grabbed the attention of media outlets across the province. Since CHVR radio broke the story, radio stations, TV stations and newspapers have been calling the small lumber mill to get the scoop.
Woods says while the people who saw the object may feel a little overwhelmed by all the attention, they should certainly not feel embarrassed. MUFON intends to send a team of researchers to investigate this weekend.
Fortin admits his story is bizarre and says workers at the mill are still trying to come up with a realistic explanation for what they witnessed.
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