NIGHT SIEGE UPDATE: UFO'S OVER CENTRAL CONNECTICUT.
By: Philip J. Imbrogno
Since the begining of 1983 the residents of the Hudson Valley
area of New York and nearby Connecticut have seen something very
strange in the night sky. The UFO has been described as being
larger than a football field with multicolored flashing lights.
The object seems to take on a Boomerang shape, but at times it
also has appeared circular. Most witnesses report that it is a
solid object made up of some type of very dark, gun-grey
material. The object has been seen by at least five thousand
witnesses which include police officers, scientists, and people
from all walks of life. All indicate that the silent slow
moving UFO was something that they had never seen before and
could not identify.
These early sightings from 1983-1985 were documented in my book
"NIGHT SIEGE: The Hudson Valley UFO sightings(Ballantine books
1987) which I coauthored with the late Dr.J. Allen Hynek and
Mr. Bob Pratt. Since the publication of Night Siege I have
often been asked if there has been any more reports from the
point where the book leaves off. The last reported sightings in
Night Siege took place late in 1985, since then there has been
continued activity in the Hudson Valley area, also most of
Connecticut is now involved. Hundreds of people in the
Connecticut area have now gone on record as seeing the strange
boomerang shaped UFO.
On January 9 1986 the UFO was reported over the skies in the
greater Hartford Connecticut area. At about 9:00 PM the police
in Hartford and neighboring towns atarted to receive numerous
calls of a low flying large object with many lights. At first
they dismissed the calls but got concerned when the calls
continued. At about 9:15 the police telephone lines were jammed
from people calling in reporting the UFO. At that time police
officers were sent to investigate the reports and noticed as
they approached High way I-84 in Hartford that traffic was
backed up. They noticed that many people were getting out of
their cars and were looking up at the sky. The officers arrived
just in time to see a large boomerang pattern of lights slowly
drift toward the south-west.
One witness who saw the UFO at that time was a Mrs. Diane Duont
age 40 and a resident of West Hartford.. Mrs. Duont was in the
area of Hartford where highway 84 runs into 91, right in the
heart of town. Mrs. Duont's sighting account is related below:
"I was driving north on 84 through the Hartford area, I was
heading toward the I-91 North cut off when I noticed a formation
of brillant white lights approaching from the east. I thought
that it looked quite unusual and although I have seen large
aircraft low over this area, I thought this was unusually large.
It continued to approach and I thought at first that it was a
large jet going to crash into the city. I pulled over to an
exit and stopped the car and got out. I Looked back toward the
highway because I heard the sound of brakes squealing. The cars
along the highway had slowed down, some had even stopped.
This was dangerous since that part of the highway is hectic and
under normal circumstances there are fender benders all the
I watched as these lights approached and I was surprised that I
heard no sound at all.
They seemed to be in a boomerang shape, and all white.
As it continued to approach I noticed red, blue and green lights
in between and very close to the white lights.
In all I would say there were about twenty lights. The object
passed almost directly over my car and as I looked up I saw a
dark mass against the brighter night sky. I could not see any
structure, but this thing just blocked out the sky. I estimated
its size to be about that of a 747,but it's shape was
strange...It looked like a flying wing. The object then
continued to move to the south, at this time it stopped and
hovered for fifteen seconds, then continued to the south west.
It was a fantastic sight and no matter how much you tell
yourself that these things can't be real I could find no answer
as to what that thing could have been. It was not from this
Most of the reports from that area at that time seem to support
the idea that this thing was very large, silent and very low.
Most of the estimates place it around 500-800 feet above the
ground. Bradley international airport is close by, so how can
an object this large come into a populated area and go
undetected by radar? Local police were baffled by the
sightings. State police told them that the sightings were
caused by nothing more than a group of stunt planes flying in
formation. The FAA official at Bradley would not confirm or
deny if they had anything on radar but insisted that the entire
sighting over the Hartford area was most likely a hoax with a
hot air ballon. However many people who saw the object that
night say that the explanations don't fit. As one building
inspector in the Hartford area said: "This thing about ballons
and aircraft is a lot of crap".
The UFO did not disappear, it continued to head south and was
seen over New Britain. Here many people ran out of their homes
to see the giant UFO pass overhead. The time was about 9:15 pm.
One witness told us that he stood and watched it pass over his
street. He reported that the underside was a dark grey like
structure with all kinds of tubes and grids connecting the
bottom. He said that the lights were flashing and were all
white with a red one in the middle. He also said that the
lights were in a boomerang shape but he could also make out a
dark structure that extended toward the rear that made it look
kite shaped. He and his neighbors just stood in awe as it
passed over their homes without a sound.
The UFO was seen then heading north-west and at about 9;30 pm it
was reported over Torrington Connecticut which is about 15 miles
west of Hartford. At this time dozens of calls were made to
police headquaters in Torrington. Scores of calls were also
made to local radio station WSNG. One woman who lives in the
surrounding area of the city of Torrington told police that she
looked out the window and saw these lights approaching her home.
At first she thought it was a jet going to crash. She then
alerted the entire family who all watched the UFO approach. As
it approached she said it seemed to be losing altitude and
started to slow down. The UFO then hovered directly over their
home and engulfed the entire house in a beam of white light.
The entire family ran down to the basement to seek protection
since they were not sure what they were dealing with. The
object then continued to move towards downtown Torrington.
Despite all the calls to the local Torrington police they were
helpless and could do nothing. This was a familar scenario that
was once again repeating itself. In 1984 a UFO flew over the
towns of Yorktown, New Castle and Mt. Kisco in Westchester
county New York. Local police were helpless and only stood in
amazement as they observed the object. As New Castle police Lt.
Herbert Petersen put it"If this thing can come in here and do
this I want to know where the HELL are our country's defenses".
"artford and Torrington police were now experiencing the same
frustration as had been experienced several years before in
Westchester. Federal spokesmen and state police were providing
no real answers.
As the object continued to move to the west it was witnesses by
a Mr. Arnold Springster his wife and their friends near Whist
pond just off of Route 4 about ten miles west of Torrington.
Below is Mr. Springster's sighting account as related to me.
"I was driving with my wife and two friends west on Route 4 near
Whist pond. As we were approaching the pond area I noticed a
series of very bright white lights approaching from the south.
I called the lights to everyones attention and my friend said"
It looks like a squadron of helecopters". The lights continued
to approach, very slow. I stopped the car and rolled down the
windows. , off to my right was the pond and it was frozen at
the time. We looked at the lights and I knew this was something
strange. My wife told me not to be silly that it will probably
turn out to be a plane or something like that. As it approached
I could see a group of red lights mixed in with the white. I
became somewhat concerned because this thing was low and was
still heading straight for us. I would estimate it's altitude
at this time to be no more than 500 feet high. My friend's wife
said" What the hell is it?" It was almost overhead and there was
no sound. The UFO then started to get lower and it continued to
approach. It was moving very slow. I knew that no aircraft
could possibily keep that altitude and go so slow, plus it was
dead quiet. I opened the door and got out of the car and looked
up as the thing passed over the car. It was so huge it seemed
like it took a long time to pass over. Everyone at this time
started to get a little worried, I mean here we were on this
road with no other traffic, it could have easily did what ever
it wanted to do to us. I looked up at it, it was directly
overhead and about two hundred feet above the car. At that
point all the white lights went out and I saw ten red lights
very small surrounding a triangular shaped object with one red
light in the middle. This was weird since when the white lights
were on and it was approaching the object looked like a
boomerang or half circle. I looked up and saw this structure.
There were parts that looked like they were soldered together,
but very smoothly. It was made up of some type of dark greyish
material that had a very low reflectability. This was no type
of an aircraft. I have an enginering background and have flown
all types of small aircraft and I know there was no was this was
anything man made. I saw this large object that blacked out the
entire sky above me, it was easily as large as a football field.
I noticed that the underside was criss-crossed by a network of
tubes and grill like work. It looked like some type of modern
art. At that point the circular red light in the middle of this
thing detached itself and flew ahead of the thing at great
speed. The red light then circled the objct three times then
went back to its original position in the middle of the
underside. It just reattached itself to the same place. By
this time the UFO or what ever it was passed over the car and
made a very sharp turn toward the south. My wife and friends
were yelling for us to get out of there and I just stood outside
the car and watched the thing until I lost it behind some trees.
My wife and friends stayed in the car all the time. The entire
sighting was about ten minutes long. The next day the papers
carried a story and said that hundreds of people had seen it.
The papers went on to quote a spokesman from Bradley
International airport who said that it was a hoax created by
five small aircraft in tight formation. I saw this thing with
my friends and I can tell you this was no plane. My wife never
believed in UFOS, but after that night we are both convinced
that these things are real!"
There were many accounts reported to this researcher that
January 9th from stable, credible people. However when these
people tried to find out more they were told by State police
that the sightings were caused by nothing more than a group of
stunt fliers from some airport in Dutchess county New York.
The UFO was then seen heading south and by 9:45 pm it was seen
in the Thomaston area which lies 15 miles south of Torrington.
The two towns are connected by Route 8 a major Connecticut road.
There were several reports from motorists along that area who
saw the huge object drift overhead moving in a southward
direction. Closer towards the town of Thomaston along Route 8
several people stopped their cars and got out to watch the
strange object pass above. At about 9:45 the Thomaston Police
Department said it got several calls of an elliptical formation
of lights. It seems the UFO turned on more lights as it
approached Thomaston. It now resembled what was video taped on
July 24 1984 at 10:30 pm in Brewster New York. Moments after
the UFO was reported to them, Thomaston Police received a call
from state police telling them that the lights were a formation
of planes from Hudson New York. When this information came to
my attention I was puzzled since there is no airport in the area
of that town.
But residents who watched the UFO over Thomaston were not
convinced that airplanes were the answer. Mr. Paul Tracy
observed the UFO as it hovered above his home "It was big and
moved very slowly. It made no noise and that's what bugged
me" he said. David Marcoux was driving home from downtown
Thomaston when he and his wife saw the UFO. "I thought at first
it was a plane. It had rows of seven bright red lights with a
big bright red one that looked as bright as a beacon in the
Marcoux said that when they got home, his wife went inside to
grab a camera. The lights were too far away at this time but
they did manage to snap twenty frames. To my knowledge at the
time of publication of this article not one of them came out.
Marcoux summed up his feelings about the sighting this way "I
would sure like to know what's going on," he said.
His feelings are echoed with many in the Hudson Valley area who
saw the UFO from 1983-1984..As one witness in the Hudson Valley
stated "We want answers, not explanations".
Stranger still the lights were once again reported in the
Thomaston area on Monday the 13th of January. Once again quite
a few people saw what they thought was an object the size of a
football field hovering in the area and slowly drifting overhead
from 10:00-10:30 PM. Most of the reports seemed to have come
from the less populated areas and only from the Thomaston area!
This was strange, why did the UFO come back and why did it only
appear in that one particular area. There were no other reports
from any of the surrounding towns that night. If that wasn't
enough a more baffling occurrence was to take place the next
When the people of Thomaston woke up on Tuesday morning they
noticed that all the electric clocks in the town had gained ten
minutes. When middle school principal Douglas Harlow arrived at
his desk Tuesday morning he discovered that all the school's
clocks were ten minutes fast. "I couldn't fiqure it out" Harlow
Mr. Harlow was not the only one who couldn't fiqure it out.
The Connecticut Light and Power Company speculated that sometime
in the night there was a power surge that somehow caused the
clocks to move ahead. Philip Gervais a shift supervisor for the
utility said that he never heard of such a thing happening
because of a power surge. He did say that there was no record
of a power surge, but there was a power loss in the area of
Hummiston Court where 109 homes were without electricity for
several hours. This is very close to the area that the UFO was
seen, but no reports came to me from that particular street.
What ever caused the blackout and power surge may never be
known. Many people speculated that the fast clocks had
something to do with the sighting of the UFO the previous night
and several days before. We know that UFOs have caused such
electromagnetic effects as power surges and power blackouts, but
was it responsible? What ever caused the clocks of Thomaston to
speed ahead caused enough trouble to upset the morning routine
of many people.
This update covered UFO reports that took place in the
Connecticut area. The activity in the northeast continues. In
the months to come I will be relating more information on UFO
reports in and around the Hudson Valley area of New York.