Constables Observe Object

Constables Observe Object

Date: September 16, 1965

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

During an extensive wave of sightings in 1965, police officers in Exeter, NH, and Damon, TX, both had close range encounters with UFOs, structured objects with body lights on September 3.

On the night of September 16 two Pretoria, South Africa, constables came upon a disk shaped object resting on the Pretoria/Bronkhorstspruit highway. The headlights of their police van illuminated the copper colored object which appeared to be about 30' in diameter. On top of the UFO was a small dome.

Constables John Lockem and Koos de Klerk had been patrolling the highway just after midnight when they drove up on the object. In seconds the UFO suddenly lifted off the road, emitting tongues of flame from 2 tubes or channels on the underside.

Its lift off was quicker than anything I have ever seen, Constable Lockem reported later. Flames from the macadam, tar and gravel, road surface shot up 3' in the air as the UFO departed, blazing long after it was out of sight.

Later investigation showed that part of the road was caved in, evidently from a heavy weight, and gravel had been separated from the tar in a severely burned area about 6' in diameter.

Constable Lockem drew a sketch of the UFO with the aid of a staff artist of the newspaper Die Vaterland. The District Commandant of Pretoria North, Lt. Col. J.B. Brits, told the newspaper that the event was considered “as being of a highly secret nature and an inquiry is being conducted in top circles.”

Samples of the damaged road surface were analyzed by a leading scientific agency in South Africa. NICAP has been unable to obtain copies of the analysis reports.

Flying Disk Lands on Highway, Pretoria, South Africa, 09-16-65

Features:

Vehicle encounter, confrontation, police witnesses, landing, physical traces, official secrecy.

Constables John lockem and Koos de Klerk were patrolling on the Pretoria/Bronkhorstspruit highway just after midnight when their police van headlights suddenly illuminated a domed, disk shaped object sitting on the road. The UFO was copper colored and about 30' in diameter. In seconds, the object lifted off the road, emitting tongues of flame from two tubes or channels on the underside.

Its lift off was quicker than anything I have ever seen. Constable Lockem said.

Flames from the macadam road surface shot up in the air about 3' as the UFO departed, blazing long after it was out of sight.

Later investigation showed that part of the road was caved in as if from a heavy weight, and gravel had been separated from the tar in a severely burned area about 6 feet in diameter.

Lt. Col. J.B. Brits, District Commandant of Pretoria North, told the newspaper that the incident was considered as being of a highly secret nature and an inquiry is being conducted in top circles.

Samples of the road surface were taken for analysis by a leading scientific agency; whose report has never been made public.

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