Levelland UFO Case

An egg shaped UFO. Photo: dalle2

On November 2nd 1957, near the small town of Levelland, Texas, fifteen reports of strange aircraft and lights in the sky were reported to police. This incident has become one of the best verified UFO incidents in history.

The Levelland UFO Sightings

A 1975 interview with an eyewitness of the Levelland UFO

Two immigrant farm workers named Pedro Saucedo and Joe Salaz were driving west of Levelland on the 2nd of November 1957 when they saw a bright blue flash of light near the road.

Their truck’s engine immediately died and a rocket shaped object rose up off of the ground and approached the truck. Saucedo jumped out of the truck and cowered on the road in fear. He called out to Salaz who was too scared to move and stayed in the truck.

The strange object flew directly over the truck with such force that the truck rocked. It caused a powerful sound and rush of wind. Saucedo felt heat coming from the object as it passed.

Once the object was gone Saucedo’s truck started working again and the men drove off terrified. They called the local police who thought it was a prank and didn’t take any action.

Only an hour later another motorist named Jim Wheeler was driving about four miles east of Levelland. Suddenly an bright egg shaped UFO that was about 200 feet long appeared in front if him, blocking his path. His vehicle also died so he got out of his car to investigate. As he did this the lights went out on the UFO and it took off. As it moved away Wheeler was able to restart his car and drive away.

At 10:55 pm that same evening a married coulle were driving northeast of Levelland when they saw a bright flash of light moving across the sky. Five minutes later their car headlights and radio died for several seconds before turning back on.

Just five minutes after this a man named Jose Alvarez came across a strange object 11 miles north of Levelland. His car engine also died while in the presence of the UFO and restarted once it left.

Just after midnight a student from Texas Technological College named Newell Wright was driving 10 miles east of Levelland when his car engine began to splutter and his vehicle rolled to a stop. After a few seconds the headlights stopped working.

When Wright got out of his car to see if he could figure out what happened he saw a huge egg shaped object sitting on the road. The object took off into the sky and Wright’s vehicle began to work again.

Similar incidents were reported from different people at 12:15am, 12:45am and 1:15am. The police were no longer able to write the incidents off as hoaxes due to there being so many reports.

By midnight several police officers were out investigating the UFO sightings around Levelland. Sheriff Weir Clem was one of them and he himself saw a bright red object moving across the sky at 1:30 am.

At 1:45 am Ray Jones, Levelland’s Fire Chief, also saw a bright object in the sky while his vehicles engine and lights faltered. The reports stopped coming in at around 2am. Fifteen reports were made to the Levelland police department that evening with all callers being terrified or excited by what they had seen.

The US Airforce investigation of the Levelland UFO Sightings

The Airforce were called in to investigate due to the large number of credible sightings. After interviewing three eyewitnesses and learning that there were thunderstorms earlier in the day the Airforce concluded that ball lightning was the likely cause of the Levelland UFO sightings.

James E. McDonald and J. Allen Hynek disputed this version of events. They claimed the Airforce only spent 7 hours investigating the UFO sightings in Levelland and couldn’t possibly have completed a thorough investigation in this time.

They were also disappointed with the blame being place on ball lightning. Locals in the area claim there was a light mist that evening but no thunderstorms. Hynek also pointed out that there is no evidence of ball lightning being able to cause car engines and headlights to stop working.

What do you think caused the Levelland UFOs? Let us know in the comments!

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