Published: 5:36 PM 2/18/2015
Unexplained lights traveling just over the horizon were witnessed from Coopersville...
When it comes to an ideal place for viewing strange lights in the sky, or “unidentified flying objects,” Coopersville seems the place to be.
The July 7, 1947, edition of the Grand Haven Tribune displayed a front page headline that read: “Saucers Seen Over Coopersville.”
Besides lights being spotted over Coopersville, the accompanying article included a description of a dinner party in Allendale on July 5 in which guests witnessed “18 to 21 of the saucers” in the evening sky. Similar sightings came from Hudsonville.
One day after the Tribune UFO article, the Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record published its legendary front-page article that reported a flying saucer crash near Roswell that was reported to have occurred the previous day.
While Coopersville is no Roswell, the area has seen its share of strange lights in the night skies ever since.
On Nov. 24, 1951, the pilot of Capital Airlines Flight 94 headed to the Grand Rapids Airport, flying at an altitude of 1,900 feet, observed an “unidentified aerial object” while passing over Coopersville. It was also sighted by two crew members on board.
The unidentified flying object was reported to have been traveling at an altitude of 500 to 1,000 feet at a speed about 1,000 miles per hour. The object, described as a white oval or egg-shaped and circular, traveled horizontally to Earth and and was reported to lose altitude just before it disappeared. No sounds were heard by any of the witnesses.
The possibility of jet aircraft or other planes in the area was checked with negative results. Unidentified radar returns and known meteoric or aurora phenomenon were also ruled out.
Unexplained lights traveling just over the horizon were witnessed from Coopersville and the surrounding area on the evenings of May 27-28, 1958. The Air Force’s Project Bluebook logged one of the sightings noted by a Nunica housewife, traveling just over the horizon, from west to east.
On June 12, 1958, the 522nd Military Intelligence Battalion issued a report that the object sighted May 27-28 was picked up on radar. A report was sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in Ohio, for further inquest. Their report stated it was likely a weather balloon.
In early October 1989, eyewitnesses in Coopersville and Ferrysburg reported seeing unidentified flying objects in the early night sky. While the two descriptions differ, the fact that the sightings took place at the same time, but one day apart, made it unusual.
The Coopersville sighting occurred at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 1989.
Two men at a farm observed two bright white lights, about 5 feet in diameter, with a fuzzy perimeter. There was no recognizable shape of a craft within the lights, and the phenomenon produced no sound. The objects changed direction, disappeared, and then reappeared.
The two men stated they observed the objects “for 18 seconds” before they vanished.
Among recent reports include one on June 19, 2007, when several persons reported seeing a UFO “over the Coopersville/Grand Rapids area” at 10:30 in the evening — and on Feb. 12, 2012, two “multi-colored” unidentified flying objects were witnessed flying over Coopersville.
While Coopersville seems to have a record for a good place to be in Ottawa County to spot “lights in the night sky,” no Roswell-like crash has been reported — yet.