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Mysterious green fireballs over the USA in the 1950s

In 1948, after the mass craze for "flying saucers" began in the United States, reports of a new kind of mysterious aerial phenomena began to appear frequently: the so-called "green fireballs".

Among the most notable observations was an incident that occurred over New Mexico at the end of 1948, reports of which were recorded by the crews of both military and civilian aircraft flying on the night of December 5. Both groups of observers compared the object to "a huge meteor, green as grass."

The incident on December 5 was not the first time that bright fireballs lit up the night sky over America. In February of the same year, Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, director of the Meteorite Institute at the University of New Mexico, announced a bright night flash in the night sky over Kansas as a result of a suspected meteor fall.

Mysterious green spheres over the USA in the 1950s

Later that summer, reports of a huge green fireball observed over Oregon also made headlines after many residents of Oregon observed a bright meteor on the night of June 28 that disappeared over the ocean.

However, the objects that were observed in the southeastern United States in December 1948 apparently behaved differently than typical meteorites, and this fact was noted by LaPaz in a letter that he sent to the US Air Force on December 20. The following month, the director of army intelligence from the headquarters of the 4th Army in Texas suggested that the strange fireballs could be "the result of radiological warfare experiments conducted by a foreign power (the USSR)," and considered this possibility "very important, especially since these balls appeared in close proximity to important objects," therefore, he said, it was necessary to create a scientific council to investigate this issue.

Even before this message, the US Air Force was very concerned about the presence of unusual objects flying over the territory of the states, especially after a series of UFO reports received within a few weeks after the landmark observation of a group of "flying saucers" by pilot Kenneth Arnold on June 24, 1947, in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

To investigate these observations, the US Air Force created a special group Project "Sign", which conducted the first official investigation of what these objects may represent.


In February 1949, a conference was held in Los Alamos, attended by researchers of the project "Sign", as well as several scientists and other military personnel to evaluate observations of fireballs. Although this conference did not lead to conclusions about what could be their source, in December of the following year a new Project Twinkle was founded.

Meanwhile, observations of flying fireballs, including a strange green color, did not stop, and on January 22, 1953, the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper presented the latest theories of Dr. LaPaz, who still assumed that Russian (Soviet) secret technologies were behind all these.

An expert on fireballs said that today Russia can scout the United States and other parts of the world with the help of strange new guided missiles. Dr. Lincoln LaPaz says that quite a lot of evidence indicates that the green fireballs observed around the world are a new type of missile - possibly Soviet-made

The article stated:

Although mysterious green fireballs are usually associated with the early years of UFO sightings (the 1940s-1950s), in the following decades there were some notable incidents that were also associated with green balloons. On the night of November 17, 1995, the crews of Lufthansa flights 405 and British Airways 226 noticed a brightly glowing greenish object flying past them during a flight over Long Island, New York.

Some observers described it as something similar to a green projectile, which, according to their estimates, flew at an altitude of about 3,000 feet (914 meters) above them and to their left. Peter Davenport from the National UFO Reporting Center gathered additional information about this incident and also received a transcript of the negotiations between air traffic controllers and pilots watching the green "projectile".

Ironically, the transcript showed that the object apparently managed to avoid detection by radar at the Air Traffic Control Center in nearby Nashua, New Hampshire. The radar did not notice this object at all.

the Air Traffic Control Center

Is it possible that observations of green fireballs over the years represent nothing more than the random unusual behavior of meteorites burning through our atmosphere? It's not that simple. Even Dr. LaPaz, a great meteorite expert, immediately questioned whether these objects were meteorites.

However, many UFO researchers have a high degree of doubt that these green balls could be secret Soviet or (in later years) Russian developments. Similarly, the "unidentified aerial phenomena" (UAP) observed since 2004 over American warships maybe Russian or Chinese advanced drones.

Although there may be logical explanations for the green fireballs, their source is still uncertain, making them one of many peculiar and colorful notes in the broader story of the long-standing UFO mystery.

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Serg Toporkov

Ufologist, Ph.D., blogger, I go on my own expeditions for UFOs. I use scientific methods to investigate the UAP phenomenon. Write to me

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