CUFON - UFO Information Service Seattle, Washington 3/20/86 Lab Results Of 1966 `Swampgas
CUFON - UFO Information Service Seattle, Washington 3/20/86
Lab Results Of 1966 `Swampgas Case'.
This information was obtained by Mr.Dale Goudie, director of Puget Sound
Aerial Phenomena Research and Information director for the UFO Information
Service in Seattle, Washington.
The broad details of this case have long been known. This is the case in
which Dr. J. Allen Hynek, at the time a consultant to the U.S. Air Force,
issued his quickly-condemned opinion that the lights seen could have been
New additional information about the famed 1966 Swamp Gas case in Michigan
surfaced in 1984 shedding new light on this incident my Dale Goudie.
Goudie States: The material consists of a news release issued at the time by
William E. Van Horn, the Civil Defense Director for Hillsdale County,
Michigan. It contains a hitherto unknown loboratory report covering the
scientific analysis of soil, water and animal life in the area of the reported
landing. for those unfamiliar with the case, here are excepts from a
statement made at the time by Van Horn:
On the evening of March 21,1966 at 10:32 P.M. a call was received from the
New Woman's Dormitory at Hillsdale College by the Office Of Civil
Defense.....from a student reporting that some type of craft had descended
from the Northeast, flashed by their dormitory and disappeared to the South.
At this time the girl described as well as later, the observing of red, green
and white pulsating lights. There were 17 of the college students that made
At approximately 11 PM, a second call was made by the girl to the Civil
Defense Office informing them that the object had reappeared and had settled
close to the ground approximately one half mile from the dormitory. Van Horn
at once called for help from the Police Department and three cars plus himself
were sent in a two mile area from the dormitory to the East. Van Horn checked
the area at the half mile point and after he was unable to locate anything.
he at once returned to the dormitory.
Upon arriving at the dormitory he was escorted to the second floor and taken
to a room facing the East, from where he made the following observation. He
observed that there was an object which was an approximate distance of 1,500
to 1,700 feet away from them...settled into a hollow and was apparently either
near or on the ground. The two lights upon his first observation were what he
would describe as a dim orange on the right and a dirty white on the left.
After observing this for a period of about 10 minutes the lights began to grow
in brilliance, the dim orange became red and true in color and the white
became a true white. As the lights became more brilliant, the object or
vehice began to rise.
It would rise to a height of approximately 100 to 150 feet, stop momentarily
and began to descend. This occurred several times. At one time upon
descending a glow from the side opposite them came from somewhere and he was
able to see a convexed surface.
The vehicle was also observed to move right to left and left to right, and did
so in a very smooth manner. The acsent and descent were at an estimated rate
of 25 to 30 feet per minute. (This was estimated from Van Horns experience as
a commercial pilot.) At no time were any of the witnesses able to detect any
type of sound or noise.
At approximately 4:30 AM, those still observing the scene noticed the lights
disappear and this was the last that was seen of it.
The area that this was observed in was by no means a swamp but rather an area
which is cultivated by Hillsdale College as a park.
Goudie, also states that there will be additional information up coming and
will be released in a short time by the ufo information service in Seattle.
This new information will even bring us closer to the reality of this case and
keep this in mind that this case was investigated very carefully.
CUFON - UFO Information Service Seattle, Washington 3/20/86
Lab Results Of 1966 Swamp Gas Case
1. SOIL TESTS
a. Acid-Base Test b. Solubility Test
Acid content of three, which is very The soil was very soluble in a
heavy, and Base content of seven or water solution.
eight, which is almost neutral.
c. Composition Test d. Radiological Test
There was no change in soil The radiation reading on the soil
composition except for a slight was thirty-one hundredths
additive of Boron. roentgens per hour. (.31 r/hr.)
2. PLANT TESTS
( Green and Fungi )
a. Paper Chromatography Test b. Tests for Measuring Life Functions
There were found only green and The plants were found to be
yellow pigments in this test; the healthy.
blue pigment did not show up in
this test, so we presume the blue
pigment was destroyed.
c. Starch Test d. Clorophyll Test
This was found to be normal. This was found to be normal.
e. Radiological Test f. Spectrum Test On Plants Clorophyll
The reading on the plants was The blue pigment was gone; it did
three/hundred fifteen thousandths not show up in this test,presuming
roentgens per hour. (.315 r/hr) again that the blue pigment was
3. ANIMAL TESTS
a. Blood Hemoglobin Test b. Metabolism Test
Amphibian: The hemoglobin was Amphibian: had slower that
slightly reduced. normal metabolish but nowt
Crustation: The hemoglobin improving.
showed no change from normal. Crustation: Could detect no
metabolic change from normal.
c. Reflex Test d. Radiological Test
Amphibian: was sluggish when Amphibian: Three thousand
first captured but has not seventy five-tenthousandths.
improved. (.3075 r/hr)
Crustation: No change detected. Crustation: Three thousand one
hundred twenty five-ten
thousandths. (.3125 r/hr)
4. MINERAL TESTS
a. Acid-Base Test b. Type Of Rock Specimen
All rocks, ingenous, metmorphic 1. Ingenous
and sedimentary were found to be 2. Metamorphic
neutral. 3. Sedimentary
c. Check Of Characteristics d. Radiological Test
All characteristics of the rocks 1. Ingenous ------- .31 r/hr
found to be normal for each type 2. Metamorphic ---- .31 r/hr
of rock. There were no chemical 3. Sedimentary ---- .3125 r/hr
or structural changes.
5. WATER TESTS
a. Microscopic Analysis b. Acid-Base Test
All microscopic animals and plants The water was neutral of both acid
dead; cause unknown. and base.
c. Composition Of Materials In The d. Radiological Test
The water had a .315 r/hr reading.
All minerals found in the water
normal with the exception of a
slight trace of Boron.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL TESTS
a. Temperature b. Pond Life
1. Water 42 degrees F 1. Crustation:
2. Air 54 degrees F 2. Amphibians: There was an
No unusual heat shown. unusually large number of them.
c. Range and Time of Radiological d. Changes of Visible Appearance
Changes Caused by the U.F.O.
The first meter reading the meter No apparent changes in environment
showed thirty three hundredths were visible.
roentgens (.33 r/hr) and its last
reading 3 hours later showed twenty
seven hundredths roentgens (.27 r/hr).
1. Soil: 2. Plants:
The soil had above normal radiation The plants had above normal
and also had abnormal content of radiation.
Blue pigments did not show up
The Boron is alien to this type of in the tests and were presumed
soil. destroyed, but this did not seem
to effect the life junctions of
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