In today’s UFO news, the Inquisitr features exclusive statements from Peter Davenport, the director of the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) regarding the “fireball” UFO phenomenon occurring across North America in great numbers.
Davenport, who has been a frequent guest on radio shows across the United States, has been a leading researcher on the fireball UFO phenomenon. In fact, after an exhaustive search, he was among the first UFO researchers to examine the fireball UFO sightings in detail and possibly the first UFO researcher to actually assert that these sightings in the news were a separate phenomenon in their own right.
Previously, sightings classified as fireballs by Davenport were often explained away in the news as natural phenomena, visual identification, or other mundane reasons that frequently did not fit the UFO report data at hand, he asserts. As director of NUFORC, he has first-hand access to roughly 20,000 UFO reports each month by his estimate in many radio interviews, many of which do not ultimately become files on the NUFORC website, as the team sifts through all of them and rejects those which are obvious misidentifications of natural phenomena or contain completely unverifiable or unreliable data based on all evidence at hand. The news about fireball UFO sightings is both disconcerting and difficult to grasp, according to Davenport.
“In my opinion, the many reports of clusters of red, orange, and yellow ‘orbs,’ or ‘fireballs,’ constitute the most compelling, and unsettling, phenomenon in the field of ufology today. Although small numbers of such reports appear to have been submitted both to the National UFO Reporting Center, and to other UFO organizations, for decades, the number of these reports suddenly increased dramatically, beginning in late May of 2012. NUFORC has posted probably not fewer than 12,000 written reports of this type of sighting, since the phenomenon was seen to suddenly increase, and the reports continue to be submitted, seemingly unabated.”
If Davenport is correct, the news surrounding fireball UFO sightings is not good with regard to a growing phenomenon that has been largely ignored. He is asserting that these specific UFO sightings are being dismissed in the larger UFO research and activism community in the same way that the government dismisses similar legitimate concerns expressed by the UFO activist community at large. If that is so, then this phenomenon has an almost four-year head start on a potentially larger field of research that might better explain what it is.
Davenport himself finds the fireball UFO sightings as worthy of more research. By his own admission, this fireball UFO spike is extremely resistant to explanation.
“NUFORC is still unable to come up with an explanation for what the peculiar objects may be. Some investigators allege that most, or even all, of the reports can be ascribed to the launching of so-called ‘Chinese’ lanterns, or sky lanterns, and indeed, this explanation has been proven to explain a relatively small percentage of the reports. However, in most cases, that explanation clearly does not fit the data. In some instances, for example, the witnesses claim that the objects are seen to suddenly accelerate, and streak off over the horizon, which, if true, clearly militates strongly against the lantern theory.”
As mentioned in the very first coverage of this story for the Inquisitr, for full disclosure, this writer was witness to what was ultimately classified as a fireball UFO and submitted a report about the sighting to NUFORC. That UFO report clearly matches Davenport’s objections regarding mundane dismissals, as this writer witnessed a bright light moving at a high rate of speed and making a sharp angle turn. It could not have been a Chinese lantern at that altitude, and there are no precedents for Chinese lanterns moving at high rates of speed in precise angles.
Davenport was among, if not the first to classify these UFO sightings. If his research continues to illuminate this very difficult subject, it will definitely be noteworthy. It would be prudent for the UFO research community to revisit these sightings with vigorous debate, if for no other reason than to once and for all determine if these sightings are their own separate UFO phenomenon. That debate would be certain to take a front seat in the news regarding UFO research.
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