Here's a tidbit from the Lapeer County Press
for your historical Michigan UFO sightings files... From the
Lapeer County Press (Lapeer, Michigan); March 31, 1966
You needn't feel left out. Saucers are flying
over Lapeer, too. So much so that a local man wants to know if he
can get insurance against an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)
hitting his car.
The best description of a Lapeer UFO came from
Mrs. George Burene of Otter Lake. She saw it through a window of
the Lapeer Hospital, where she is a patient.
"I watched something strange in the sky
for 45 minutes Saturday night, starting around 11:45. My nurses
saw it too," Mrs. Burene said. "It was hovering in the
west and finally headed toward Davison. It was red and orange at
the front, bright yellow at the center, and bluish green at the
end. When it moved, yellow sparks seemed to come out the
Clifford Smith was driving on M-24, between
Vesely's and Lapeer, at 3:45 Thursday morning when he saw a
"bluish white" object in the sky to the north.
"It was odd shaped and twice the size of
the sun," he said. Smith lives at ___ Pope St, Lapeer.
Mrs. Rowena Ruggles, ___ N. Monroe, Lapeer said
she saw the dancing lights similar to those reported in Dexter-
over 80 years ago. "When I was a little girl, my sister,
brother and myself saw many of these lights in the lowlands down
by the river. It always occurred in the early spring.
never afraid but would run down to see them. From our house they
looked to be floating but really were not. We found rotted logs
and rotted stubs of trees. This decayed substance was a spongy
mess, light yellow in color, giving off a whitish yellow light
and as the breezes blew it, some lights were a pale blue but never
>"We would put some of this glowing mess on
our fingers and chase each other. My brother put some on his nose
and cheeks, making him look weird.
"This is what all those people are seeing.
The reporters and TV men are making a big, silly exaggerated
thing of this to get publicity," Mrs. Ruggles said.
This swamp gas theory was also put forth by the
Air Force after investigating the Dexter sightings.
But Joseph Morgan, ___ Parkway, Lapeer is far
from convinced. He has a classified ad in the paper this week
asking if anyone will insure his auto against damage by UFO's.
Jeffrey S. Westover
Filed August 4, 1998