Several local residents and a motorist on Bypass 28 reported seeing unidentified flying objects Tuesday 8:00 p.m. near Rainbow Lake.
One person, of Spruce St. in Manchester told police that he was driving along the bypass when he saw a bright object in the sky, hovering over Rainbow Lake. He went in closer to investigate and heard something crash into the lake.
Several persons who live by the lake were outdoors at the time, and say there were 2 objects moving in the air.
Another witness of Hilda Ave. saw the objects and described them as whitish/yellow” in color.
A Mark Ave. resident who asked not to be identified, told police that the objects were about the size of a steering wheel.
Other witnesses also said the objects were 2' to 3' in diameter, but several asked not to be identified.
The 2 objects descended towards the lake, according to the witnesses. Then one of them fell straight down and and splashed into the water, creating ripples on the shore. The other soared upwards and vanished.
The East Derry Fire Rescue Squad lowered a boat and searched the lake for 2 hours, but no trace of a fallen object was discovered.
Police have received over 40 calls concerning the UFO sighting. They speculate that the objects were meteorites or military para flares. Swamp gas is also considered a possibility.
A follow up appeared the following week:
Thursday, October 11, 1973 UFO Divers Strike Out
At the request of fire chief, 2 divers descended into Rainbow Lake Friday afternoon in an attempt to resolve reports of an unidentified flying object that 3 witnesses claim splashed into the lake.
The divers swept the silty lake water with powerful searchlights, but their vision was impaired by the murky water, and they could not see more than a few inches ahead at any time.
Said one of the divers:
The only way they’re going to get anything out of that lake is if they drag it.
The chief said he has no plans to drag the bottom and considers the matter closed.