10 Things You Never Knew About The Kecksburg Incident: The Most Mysterious UFO Crash Of The 1960s
By Sarah Norman | May 24, 2023
Let's Just Say It Was A Meteor
After a few days of searching the woods outside of Kecksburg, with the help of of state troopers, the Air Force failed to recover anything that looked like it came out of the sky -- alien or otherwise. Researchers were quick to state it was most likely a meteor, while some astronomers noted that it could have been a satellite.
At the time, officials rallied around the meteor theory because it explained the lack of, well, anything in the woods. But when has a meteor ever created sonic booms and shockwaves like what happened in Kecksburg? Did the Earth come close to an extinction level phenomena, or were researchers just trying to make sense out of a seriously strange night?
At the time of the incident, astronomers claimed that the fireball was nothing more than a meteor burning up in the atmosphere, but since then authorities have claimed that what people saw could have been anything from a Russian satellite to various fragments of a stellar body returning to Earth. To make matters even more confusing, NASA reports that all of their findings were list in the 1990s.
So what happened in Kecksburg when so many people witnessed an object burning through the night sky? Was there a cover up? Or was it just a flailing satellite? There's definitely a cover up happening here, but what exactly is being covered up?