The Berwyn Mountain UFO Crash - Still Unsolved 40 Years Later
On this day in 1974, a number of people reported seeing bright lights in the sky near Berwyn Mountain in Northern Wales. The sightings of the lights were soon accompanied by reports of a significant shaking of the ground. The rumbling registered at 3.5 on the richter scale and many believe they heard an explosion moments prior to feeling the ground shake beneath their feet. The source of these lights and the cause of the 3.5 richter tremor have been debated for the last 40 years, with some arguing they have scientific evidence that it was merely an earthquake and others giving eyewitness testimony that suggests it was anything but.
When the tremors abated, people rushed from their homes to discover a bright burning coming from the mountainside. Police eventually travelled to the scene, but before they could get there Pat Evans, a retired nurse, was able to reach the crash site which she described 36 years later.
"We just saw this huge ball glowing and pulsating on the mountain," said Evans. "Some lights seemed to be scattered around it and I just wish we'd stayed to see what the end result was - whether it would just disappear or fly away. We didn't see anybody on the road even though there were various reports that we were told to go away by armed police and military etc, which was all totally untrue."
The reference to the armed police comes from reports from a number of people that they had seen military trucks pulling up to the site shortly after the arrival of the police. This military presence has since fueled rumors that alien bodies were recovered from the site, some of which were still alive. Outlandish claims have been made that the British Government retrieved all artefacts, including an alien craft, from the crash site and have since kept the true events secret. However, these theories do seem somewhat lazy and too much of a carbon copy of the events in Roswell in 1947.
Sceptics have pointed to nearby military exercises as a cause for the bright flashes, claiming that the fact that they occurred just before the earthquake was merely a coincidence. Other theories include a meteor strike, but with no visible crater left behind by the explosion, this must surely be ruled out.
The Berwyn Mountain Incident has not received the highest level of coverage over the years, often being overshadowed by the Rendlesham Incident in the race to become 'Britain's Roswell'. However, the events in Wales on January 23rd 1974 have all the hallmarks of a fascinating event.