May 26, 1987, Etting, State Police, Waterbury CT 9:30 PM

Waterbury Photo

Report Summary
"... Randy Etting, a resident of Newtown, was taking a walk outside his home. A commercial airline pilot with over 30 years experience, he always looked at the sky... he saw a number of orange and red lights... approaching from the west... He... got his binoculars and called his neighbors to come outside. The object by this time was a great deal closer and seemed to be over I-84, just east of Etting's home... the lights were shimmering like distortion from engine heat, but he could hear no sound...
"As the UFO passed over I-84, cars in both the east and west bound lanes began pulling over and stopping. The UFO displayed a semi-circular pattern of very bright multicolored lights. Five motorists reported that, as the object became visible, a number of cars lost power and had to pull off the highway. A State Police officer [who wishes to remain anonymous] sent to investigate photographed the object.
"... Dr. Bruce Maccabee... [analysed the photo]. His findings indicate the object was huge, perhaps over a thousand feet across, and that the lights showed a definite pattern. He also indicated the lights seemed to have been flashing very quickly in some sort of sequence, giving the impression that some were out of focus while others were sharp."[footnote 1]
Hynek Classification
Original Vallee Classification
Type IV a or c
Current Vallee Classification
Minimum Distance
Unknown, possibly 3000 foot altitude according to pilot witness.
Object Appearance
Large semicircle of brightly colored lights.
Object Behavior
Slow moving flight over near highway area.
Physical Effect
Possible engine interference. Not all cars were affected.
Medical Effect
Comments / Conclusion


1. Night Siege (2nd edition), Hynek, Imbrogno with Pratt, ISBN 1-56718-362-X

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