Two young men saw a UFO fly overhead emitting a bright light that blinded them for a short time.
Loch Raven Reservoir serves as the drinking water source for the city of Baltimore. However, the natural reservoir caught a lot of attention because of what came to be known as the Loch Raven Reservoir Incident, when two young men saw a UFO fly overhead emitting a bright light that blinded them for a short time.
On October 26, 1958, two men were driving through Towson when they passed Loch Raven Reservoir. Unexpectedly, the friends witnessed what looked like a large egg appear over a bridge. As they approached, their car suddenly stopped. They saw the object hovering for a while, and witnessed the production of a strange flash of light accompanied by a sound and an explosion of heat. The object then disappeared from the sky, and the Loch Raven Reservoir incident remains unexplained even today.
The young people crossed the bridge at night while driving and noticed an enormous, iridescent, egg-shaped object that suddenly appeared in front of them over the bridge. The boys tried to slow down the car, and as they approached the mysterious object, their car suddenly stopped. There was no ignition, no engine activity, and no headlights, most likely the entire electrical system failed for unknown reasons.
“I saw what appeared to be a large, flat, egg-shaped object hanging 30 to 50 meters from the top of the bridge superstructure over the lake.”
“I watched the UFO from that position for about 30 to 40 seconds, and then I’m not sure of the sequence of events here. It seemed to shine like a bright flash of white light and we both felt heat on our faces.
At the same time, there was a loud noise which I interpreted as a dull explosion, like a thunderclap. Then very quickly the object began to rise vertically. It didn’t change its position, as far as we could tell, during the pick-up. The only different feature it had while moving was that it was very bright and the edges became fuzzy so we couldn’t make out the shape as it rose. It took between five and ten seconds to completely disappear from view. We were very scared.”
When their sight returned, they noticed the unusual egg-shaped object climbing back into the sky. Within five seconds, it was completely gone. The whole incident probably lasted less than a minute. After several attempts, Alvin and Phillip finally got the engine started and were on the road again.
The alarming incident prompted both friends to contact the Towson Police Department. Two police officers came to the scene and the witnesses told them about the most bizarre minute of their lives. After submitting the report, the guys eagerly awaited an update. However, the only response was that the report was forwarded to the United States Air Force for investigation.
The youth decided to present their findings to the Ground Observer Corps. However, the incident was not taken seriously by the officials. Phillip was deeply affected and repeatedly asked the Corps and the locals if anyone had witnessed a similar event. They were informed that the article was about a Navy Conductor, but did not accept this explanation.
“We had nowhere to run. We probably would have if we could, but we were horrified by what we saw.”
Alvin and Philip sat in their stalled car, scared as a massive burst of bright white light briefly filled their line of sight. Shortly after the brief burst of light, Alvin and Phillip’s faces began to redden and heat up as they were assaulted by an extraordinary roar. As the youth’s vision was affected, they immediately felt that they had just witnessed a major explosion.
A group of investigators called the “National Committee to Investigate Aerial Phenomena” visited the scene and examined the situation, concluding that the incident was truly unusual.
The lieutenant then interviewed several witnesses, including a 16-year-old boy and two restaurant workers who reported seeing identical luminous objects at the same time and place. Restaurant staff also heard the same loud boom that Cohen and Small described as an explosion like thunder.
It was also noted that a huge heat wave emitted by the UFO allegedly caused burns to their faces. They went to St. Joseph’s Hospital to find out if the burns were caused by radiation or not.
The hospital did a cursory check before discharging the men. The Baltimore Sun reported in December of that year that Small said his wife and co-workers noticed the change in his complexion. “It can be assumed that the sighting did indeed occur.”
Air Force Investigator
“Well, the mystery of the Loch Raven Reservoir incident has not been solved even after 60 years…”