After an article on UFO sightings in Telkwa and Houston was published in
last week's edition of The Interior News, reports on UFO sightings are
flying in and credibility of the sightings are gaining momentum.
"I can't keep up with all that is going on, " said an excited and
exhausted Houston UFO researcher Brian Vike.
A flurry of phone calls, on-site interviews and investigative research has
left Vike with little sleep. Since the papers hit the stands, five
witnesses came forward, claiming they saw the white ball of light Telkwa
resident Gordon Stewart glimpsed on the evening of July 29.
After reading the paper, Quick teacher Dina Hanson called Stewart to share
the details of her sighting, which she recorded in her journal the day
after her experience. Her son, civic engineer Ryan Hanson also saw the
object, which partially matched Stewarts's description.
The Hanson's sighting also took place July 29, five minutes earlier than
Stewarts's sighting, traveling in a southwesterly direction from Quick
Both observations commented on the awe striking brightness and size of the
light; the white and yellow hues and soundless travel at a speed, which
exceeded the propulsion of a man-made object. Some of the differences
between the two incidents was that Dina's light shape was an elongated
circle opposed to Stewart's round one. Dina also noted a slight downward
trajectory to her object, unlike Stewart's parallel flight pattern.
However, Ryan introduced that because the object was moving away from his
mother and himself, the object may have just appeared to be dropping
because of their perspective. Dina originally attributed her experience to
a meteorite sighting, but after a phone call to a professor at the
University of Northern B.C. revealed that meteorites produce sound, Dina
is uncertain. "I am pretty cynical about things like UFO's, " she said.
"But because there was no sound, I think it is remotely possible it was
A Smithers family of late night hot tubbers comprised of both adults and
children also contacted Stewart, sharing a similar story, adding that the
light engaged in a series of loops. Smithers resident Dan Derbyshire was
also added to the list in an unrelated sighting. However, he wanted to
support those stumbling upon these unexplainable phenomenon's. "Sometimes
people feel they are the only ones (that are seeing unusual sights),"
Derbyshire said, "But I thought I'd let them know, they aren't alone."
Like many other UFO reports, the edges of reality expand with the number
of incidents reported as viewers digest science fiction's fanciful
imagination with tangible physical experiences. "It was not what I
classify as a flying saucer," Derbyshire noted of the craft, which
reminded him of a metallic 40-gallon barrel, heading towards Houston at an
estimated 300 kilometers per hour. He stated he is a UFO believer, but
dismissed his incident as an American flight exercise in one breath while
pondering over why he heard no sound in another.
His experience neither fits H.G. Wells' War of The Worlds where aliens
employ mass destruction in tea-cup-and-saucer shaped crafts nor did it fit
with the characteristics of a man-made aircraft. Reality and rationale
collided as he attempted to interpret what he saw. Unlike a plane, there
were no wings on the ribbed object and its flight was soundless,
Derbyshire noted. Unlike many UFO sightings, the object did not emanate a
white glowing light nor assume the regular saucer form, he added.
Vike surmises Derbyshire's suspicions are correct after a series of phone
calls attributed the sighting to a military reconnaissance drone.
Although, if this assessment is correct, many more questions arise about
what is going on for Vike. "A secret military exercise?" Vike questioned.
"Who knows". Vike's suspicions are rising as reports of military trucks
are detected around Houston and the Telkwa High Road. Vike and his wife
also saw and heard the hum of large turbo propellers of military type
crafts flying over Houston on August 8. "Something is going on," Vike
alleged. Despite the couple both seeing and hearing the two military
crafts, the Smithers air tower told Vike there was no air activity in the
Stewart is heartened by the additional reports coming in. "(People) can't
say I've lost my marbles," Stewart laughed. "There are too many people who
have seen it. I am not the only one."