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Thursday, May 03, 2012

What Descended Into Bantam Lake?

At approximately 2:00am on Tuesday April 10, 2012, there was a report of a green, glowing object the size of a whale fell from the sky and crashed into Bantam Lake. At the same time, a state trooper 10 miles away in Warren, CT called dispatchers to report that something fell out of the sky and landed near Bantam, CT. The first media report follows:

Trooper, Motorist: Mysterious Object Fell From Sky

Authorities in northwestern Connecticut say they didn't find anything after a state trooper and another person reported a large object falling out of the sky in Litchfield.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that a person driving in Litchfield at about 2 a.m. Tuesday reported that a green, glowing object the size of a whale fell from the sky and crashed into Bantam Lake. Officials say that at about the same time, a state trooper 10 miles away in Warren called dispatchers to report that something fell out of the sky and landed near Bantam or Morris.

Morris firefighters made several passes up and down the lake in a boat looking for a possible plane crash, but didn't find any debris.

Authorities called off the search, leaving the mystery unsolved.


One week after the incident, the following article was posted - Bantam Lake UFO (or meteorite): reports of dead fish unrelated, 'Smoking Gun' investigating

Nine days later, a subsequent article was published - Bantam Lake "UFO" mystery may never be solved


On May 1st, the follwoing was published in the New Haven Register:

Orange-based 'Smoking Gun Group' posts update about its Bantam Lake UFO (or meteorite) investigation

The investigation into what reportedly fell into Bantam Lake early last month continues for the Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA) of Orange, a group that studies the paranormal, metaphysical and unexplained.

The group has posted a progress report on its Web site www.sgra.org, saying that on the morning of April 13 it received approximately 12 reports that seemed related to the incident that had folks in Litchfield, Morris and beyond buzzing about a UFO—or at least about a meteorite that may fallen into the lake.

Though none of those who offered input to the Smoking Gun group saw an object, several said they felt vibrations or shaking, or heard a boom or what was described as “single clap of thunder,” and/or saw a momentary flash outside their windows.

Of these witnesses, the majority were located within a five-mile radius of the lake.

The reports came in the wake of an incident that reportedly occurred about around 2 a.m. April 10, when an unidentified motorist who was near Bantam Lake called State Police at the Troop L barracks in Litchfield to report seeing the green, whale-sized object fall into the lake.

That motorist didn’t stick around and apparently didn’t call back—but an on-duty State Police trooper some 10 miles away in Warren also called the barracks to report seeing a large object fall from the sky over Bantam or Morris.

In the two weeks following the incident, the Smoking Gun organization received a total of 37 additional observations, most of which were similar in nature to the initial ones.

According to the report posted online, one interesting fact that presented itself during the investigation was that it appeared there was another similar sighting of a “green-glowing” object on the evening of Monday, April 9, at approximately 10:45 p.m.

“This object was observed in the area of Farmington, Southington and Bristol, Conn., located in Hartford County, approximately 25 miles to the east of Bantam Lake,” according to the Smoking Gun report.

These observations seem to lend support to the leading theory that the Bantam Lake object was a meteorite. While the Smoking Gun group says meteor shower closest to the date of the incident was the Lyrid Meteor Shower, which was expected to peak around April 21 or 22, WTNH reported that the National Weather Service had confirmed a meteor shower in the region on the night of the incident.

The Smoking Gun organization noted that for several weeks prior to the event, it had received similar reports of green objects being sighted in Connecticut, though none as large as described at Bantam Lake.

On April 11, according to the report, a green fireball was observed as it passed through the skies of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa, and the object reportedly was caught on security videotape.

Smoking Gun continues to seek additional information, and has asked for transcripts or audio copies of State Police communications from the event, in order to hear the conversation and descriptions that were given.

“At this time we are not expecting any further witness data to be provided, and based on the information collected believe we have enough information to effectively presume this object was a meteor,” according to the report.

If an object had impacted the lake, there are no known plans to attempt to locate or retrieve it—despite a call from Robert LaBonne, the former head of the Bantam Lake Protective Association, for the state to investigate.

Go to Update: Bantam Lake Object Investigation - Smoking Gun Research Agency (SGRA) for the full report.

Click for video - Bantam Lake UFO

NOTE: If this was indeed a green-glowing object then I'd have to guess that it was a meteorite...but if it was 'whale size' there would have been obvious clues. An object that large would have created a large wake that would have been detected by shore damage. There is a possibility that a meteorite would have broken up enough to scatter. There were reports of a 'single clap of thunder', a single flash of light and vibrations. There are some suggestions of a USO or Unidentified Submerged Object. I suppose its possible, but why would something intelligently controlled be so obvious to witnesses during descent? There are many questions that need to be answered...Lon

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