1978 UFO sightings in New Jersey

A series of UFO sightings reported in New Jersey, on January 18, 1978.

As in many ufology cases, all the information about the incident was secretly sent to the researcher Leonard H. Stringfield, by a security guard at McGuire Air Force Base. On that day, between 3:00am and 5:00am, several UFO sightings were reported on a military area in New Jersey, where the McGuire AFB and the Fort Dix army encampment are located. According to the reports, about twelve objects were spotted and chased by vehicles of McGuire AFB and Fort Dix, as well as vehicles of the police of New Jersey.

The security guard, named Jeffrey Morse,[1] was making a routine patrol, when someone told him through the walkie-talkie that a police officer from Fort Dix was chasing a low-altitude flying object.

The object flew over the police car, allowing the officer to observe it closely. The police officer claimed the object was oval-shaped, and was lit by green and blue lights. Soon the transmission of the radios was interrupted.

Suddenly, a 1.2 meter tall humanoid creature appeared ahead of the police car. It was brown and had long arms, a skinny body and large head. The police officer shot the being five times with his pistol. He also fired a bullet at the object. The object flew vertically into the sky, where it joined eleven similar objects. All the nearby bases were on total alert, and several patrols were looking for the creature that the police officer shot at. According to a witness, the body of the creature was found near a runway. It seems the being was trying to climb the fence that surrounded the runway. The area was immediately isolated and non-authorized personnel were kept outside it.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations arrived to the place and put itself in charge of the issue. The place had a strong smell of ammonia. People and equipment were transported from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to the locale of the incident, on a 0141 airplane. Witnesses claimed to have seen researchers packing something unidentified, then putting it in a wood box and finally in a metal one. They carried it to a plane and took off. All the people involved in the case were alerted not to tell anything to other people, under the risk of Court-martial.

The American government announced that nothing strange happened on that day.

Morse later released a letter reporting what he experienced that day:[1]

See also


  • (Portuguese)

External links

  • 1978-The Fort Dix Alien - Ufos.about.com
  • Pictures of documents relating to the incident, including Morse's letter
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