Last updated on June 1, 2024

Maryland UFO Sightings in 1974

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Maryland during 1974.

How many Maryland UFO sightings were there in 1974?

  • There were 4 officially reported UFO sightings in Maryland in 1974.
  • In 1974, Maryland ranked #29 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Maryland ranks #42 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1974, with an average of 0.1 reports per 100,000 residents.

Maryland Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1974

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Hagerstown, MD 2 UFO Reports
2 Cumberland, MD 1 UFO Reports
3 Columbia, MD 1 UFO Reports

Maryland UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 4 UFO sighting reports in Maryland from 1974 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Maryland UFO Sighting Reports in 1974

This is a sampling of 20 Maryland UFO reports from 1974, presented as they were submitted other than paragraph breaks added for easier readability where necessary.

You can click the 'Report' link to view the original report along with any photos that may have been submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

Columbia, MD

Full Report Text:

I rented a row boat, my Fraternity Brother, my Girlfriend, and another girl were in the boat. We were on the lake, about in the middle. We heard a low frequency recurring noise.

I thought that’s weird music. Eventually we realized it was coming from above us and looked up. We looked up then we looked at each other and looked up again several times.

It was a disked shaped craft hovering above us with lights along its perimeter. OMG, we watched it ascend until it just became just another tiny light in the sky and could no longer be tracked by eyesight.

09/04/74 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 20 minutes

Report

Cumberland, MD

Full Report Text:

wife & I were coming down the long curve on US 40 east of cumberland Md. Damned comp wouldnt accept time of 1730, just starting to get dark, but not enough for stars. A few puffy clouds.

One cloud, however, was black & puffy at one end & rectangular at the other. Too early for stars, but visible near black were 3 lights, color of incandescent. Suddenly from the black cloud came, like a yo-yo another light & zipped back into the black cloud.

The 3 lights origanally visibile had not moved, but the triangle they formed was larger than the black cloud. As soon as the yo-yo light had returned to the "mother ship" the other 3 lights moved to the black cloud & were engulfed. Wife & I watched until we climbed the mountain on the other side & never saw another light.

09/01/74 5:30 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 30 min

Report

Hagerstown, MD

Full Report Text:

Football sized saucer over Hagertown MD in summer of 1974 It was dark out, and my wife and I just got out of our car close to our apartment on West Franklin St. For some strange reason we both looked toward the downtown area in the sky. Above the square of Hagerstown was a craft that seemed to be about a football field long, and was hovering silently.

My wife and I just kept looking at it without even saying anything for awhile. It had different colored lights slowly revolving around it's perimeter. We couldn't believe the size of it, plus the fact of no noise.

Then we began to talk about it, watching it slowly begin to move to the west.All at once it sped up to an incredible speed and vanished. I went to the apt.

and called Hagerstown Airport and asked if they picked up anything on radar,and they said no. We have kept quiet about this forever. Now we aren't exactly positive of the exact date that summer, since it has been such a long time, but we will remember this the rest of our lives.

The reason I am doing this now is, we are wondering if anyone other than us had seen it. ((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD)).

07/24/74 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 5 mins

Report

Hagerstown, MD

Full Report Text:

I saw it too! RE: Football sized saucer over Hagerstown, MD in summer of 1974 While I was cleaning up the remains of an outside dinner I saw this craft that was HUGE, to a little kid, just hovering silently. My view of the craft was slightly obstructed by the house but I clearly remember it had different colored lights (red, blue, yellow) slowly revolving around its perimeter. I don't remember how long it stayed but I remember just staring at it for what seemed a long time and then it just sped away.

I've always wondered what it was and for the longest time just assumed it was something that was associated with the county fair. Then I read the account from another couple seeing the same thing. I lived approximately 6 miles from West Franklin Street, on Day Road.

Pretty amazing! ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)).

07/24/74 7:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 1-2 min

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Maryland UFO Sightings From 1974 By Shape

This is a standardized set of shapes a UFO report can be filed under.

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Disk 3 reported sightings 75.00% of all reports
Light 1 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1974 By Month

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the month the sighting occured in.

Month Sightings % Of Total
September 2 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
July 2 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1974 By Weekday

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the day of the week the sighting occured on.

Weekday Sightings % Of Total
Wednesday 3 reported sightings 75.00% of all reports
Sunday 1 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1974 By Date (Top 5)

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the date the sighting occured on, limited to the top 5 dates with the most sightings.

Date Sightings % Of Total
07/24/74 2 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
09/04/74 1 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports
09/01/74 1 reported sightings 25.00% of all reports

Maryland UFO Sightings From 1974 By Time

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the time of day the sighting occured during. We took logical 4 hour windows in order to split the day into early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, night, and late night buckets for this analysis.

Time Of Day Hours Sightings % Of Total
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 2 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
Night 20:00 - 23:59 2 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

All Maryland Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1974

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Maryland, in 1974

City Number of Reports View Reports
Hagerstown 2 UFO Reports Hagerstown UFO Sightings in 1974
Cumberland 1 UFO Reports Cumberland UFO Sightings in 1974
Columbia 1 UFO Reports Columbia UFO Sightings in 1974

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Maryland

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per year in Maryland.

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 69 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 58 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 41 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 83 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 72 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 55 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 96 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 99 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 117 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 149 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 115 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 113 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 74 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 51 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 43 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 65 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 44 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 32 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 40 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 43 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 37 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 52 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 37 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 27 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 31 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 14 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 15 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 19 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 10 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 4 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 7 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 6 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1984
1982 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 5 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 8 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 8 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 4 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 9 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 1 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 3 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 2 UFO Reports Maryland UFO Sightings in 1969