Last updated on June 1, 2024

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1974

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

How many Pennsylvania UFO sightings were there in 1974?

  • There were 10 officially reported UFO sightings in Pennsylvania in 1974.
  • In 1974, Pennsylvania ranked #12 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Pennsylvania ranks #44 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1974, with an average of 0.08 reports per 100,000 residents.

Pennsylvania Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1974

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Carbondale, PA 2 UFO Reports
2 Westline, PA 1 UFO Reports
3 Oil City, PA 1 UFO Reports
4 Moosic, PA 1 UFO Reports
5 Pauncetony, PA 1 UFO Reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 10 UFO sighting reports in Pennsylvania from 1974 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Pennsylvania UFO Sighting Reports in 1974

This is a sampling of 20 Pennsylvania 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).

Pauncetony, PA

Full Report Text:

strange man appears in heh woods I went deer hunting upstate where my uncles had a cabin. It was winter I was heavily dressed for the cold. I had shot a 3 point buck and drug it up the ravine to get it back to the cabin.

Suddenly, a man in a white short sleeve shirt and black pants appeared from no where and stated, "I see you got one". I stated "yeh" wondering where the hell he came from and why he had no coat. There were no other cabins for miles.

I stated, "I have to drag this buck to the cabin" and started dragging. When I turned to look back he was gone. I have never figured out what that was all about.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date is approximate. PD)).

12/10/74 10:00 AM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 2 minutes

Report

Carbondale, PA

Full Report Text:

We were traveling north on old route 6 off to our right (east) a object like a shoot star went past us. As my wife and 2 friends were traveling north on old route 6 on Nov. 9 1974 at 6 pm coming down the hill from Peckville to Eynon off to our right (east) a flying object resembeling a shooting star flew past us.

The object was silver in color with the nose in flames with blackened streaks and sparks with smoke trailing it. It was approx 3000 ft high and travelling south to north and located approx the center of the Lackawanna valley. I can still vividly remember what it looked like.

The government report of what they found was a complete lie. I know because we new nothing about a UFO reported in Carbondale until a few days later and the story the government put to the public had to be a lie. 3 of the witnesses are still alive today.

11/09/74 6:00 PM

UFO Shape: fireball

Lasted: It was Nov.9, 1974 20 sec

Report

Oil City, PA

Full Report Text:

Bright lights in the sky seperated by several miles moving in odd geometric directions--changing course instantly his was many years ago-- I was in high school at the time. My brothers and I were listening on the CB radio (it was big back then). We heard a lot of excited chatter from people saying, "My God, there's another one.

" Lots of people were headed to the vocational technical center, adjacent to Oil City High School to get a better view. So, my brothers and I climbed into our family car and drove up to look too. What we saw was clearly three to four bright lights in the sky, seperated by many miles moving in odd geometric directions.

Almost as if "dancing" in the sky. It was a clear winter night and the stars were vivid. There were hundreds of wittnesses to this event.

I have NEVER told anyone about this. It so impacted my younger brother that he actually returned to Oil City to interview people for a book he wanted to author. He has the original taped interviews from several police officers who saw more (e.

g. saucer shaped craft hovering above the Allegeheny River). He also has the notes from several other interviews.

My brother told me later after he began his research that the Air Force scrambled F-4's from Pittsburg to investigate (I don't know if that is factual, however). ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that date of sighting is approximate. PD)).

11/01/74 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 1-2 hours

Report

Jermyn, PA

Full Report Text:

Fireball moving northwest to southeast I'm not shure of the exact date, but I do remember it was Summer at the time, and it was just before sunrise.The sky was getting light in the East at the time. I was in the 7th grade at the time and delivering the morning paper, walking south/southwest.

A streak of color in the sky caught my attention. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a multi colored fireball that had a long tail, moving at a high rate of speed, in a northwest to southeast direction.It didnt seem to be too high in the sky.

I watched it for a few seconds before a house blocked my view. I quickly moved to the side of the house so I can continue wathing it, thinking if it were a meteor i would see it crash. But when I did it was gone.

The fireball was the size of a quarter held at arms length, and there were no sounds heard at the time.

07/15/74 5:30 AM

UFO Shape: fireball

Lasted: aprox. 5 seconds

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Harrisville, PA

Full Report Text:

We were kids, about 14 years old, at the time. We live in a rural area. A friend and I were walking up a dirt road, when we got to the top of a small hill.

Three lights in a triangle lit up just above a telephone pole. I remember it made no sound and did not move. The only other thing I remember is running home.

I can't remember even telling my parents. Years later, I seen my childhood friend that was with me and asked him if he remembered that night. He did but that was it.

We never talked about it again. I wish I could remember more about that night or have a chance to see them again, now that I'm older. Every time I see a program about ufo's I think a about that night.

I know we're not alone. Nobody can tell me different. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate.

PD)).

06/15/74 8:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: Few minutes

Report

Erie, PA

Full Report Text:

80' diameter silver disc observed from distance of 130' away. Disc was motionless,quite 100' off ground. 1974 WHILE DOING A CUSTOMARY CRUISE TO A FAVORITE ALL NITE GREASY SPOON I, A PASSENGER IN THE CAR, HAPPENED TO NOTICE AN 80 FOOT IN DIAMETER SILVER DISC WITH RED, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN LIGHTS FLASHING AROUND THE EDGE OF IT.

IT SAT QUIETLY, MOTIONLESS OVER A TREE TOP, FULLY VISIBLE AND. ABOUT 100' OFF THE GROUND AND ABOUT 130' AWAY FROM US. WE GOT OUT OF THE CAR, STOOD STARING AT IT, DECIDED IT WAS GETTING LATE AND COLD AND SO GOT BACK IN THE CAR AND DROVE OFF.

WE NEVER TALKED ABOUT IT. BUT I, OF COURSE, NEVER FORGOT. ((NUFORC Note: Date in 1974 is approximate.

We have assigned an arbitrary date of June 15, 1974, so that the report posts to that year. PD)).

06/15/74 2:45 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 10 minutes

Report

Westline, PA

Full Report Text:

I was sitting with my friend at Red Bank where the bridge was at the Allegheny Resoivor. We had been fishing and saw a light cross the sky from west to east. What made this light interesting was that it stopped about four times as it made an arc across the sky.

That meant it wasn't a sattelite or a plane. It was very high up but it was a moonless night. We watched it for at least an hour.

I remember it was a Sunday night. We usually traveled from our hunting camp back to Pittsburgh Sundays but we stayed this evening and left early Monday morning. As we were driving back we listened to KDKA and at six thirty a report came on that a Ufo had crashed in a lake in eastern Pa.

We listened intently. The seven oclock radio news said that people had witnessed the Ufo crash but they nevr named the town or vicinity. Then at seven thirty the KDKA news said that the National Gurad and army had surrounded and closed the area.

That was the last we ever heard of it! There was nothing in the newspaper. Our light in the sky had been traveling west to east. ((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate.

We are not aware of any crash in 1974, although one may have occurred and we are not aware of it. PD)).

06/15/74 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 1 hour

Report

Moosic, PA

Full Report Text:

Buzzed by UFO Round saucer with domed top. Silver-gray with white lights. I was 17 and pregnagnt for my first child, my boyfriend and I were walking the railroad tracks from Moosic to Avoca.

As we approached a railroad bridge that crossed over the tracks we were on I saw a bright light comming from the right. I asked my boyfriend what he thought, he wasnt sure, we went under the bridge and came out the other side (aprox, 40 feet). The object was almost over head, I could clearly see a long hose or cable like rope hanging from the craft just above the power/phone lines.

As it approached the bridge the line silently went back into the craft. The craft had rows of lights around its middle line and underneath, they appeared to rotate giving a spinning illusion, the craft was not spinning just hovering. It had a clear row of windows in the dome and there were forms moving inside.

Underneath it had three holes with large possable propeller like or fan like blades that were spinning. The intire area was lit up like daytime. I stood there in awe, for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Then craft than tilted up to about the position of 2 on a clock and took off. The whole time there wasnt a sound, no wind, nothing. My boyfriend was terrified and wanted to hide, I knew they had already seen us and where would I hide from something that big.

There is a little ligue field not far from there, if that craft were sitting on the pitchers mound all sides would touch a base. When we reached our destination in Avoca it was 9:30 pm about two hours had past, the walk should have taken no less than a half hour. Later when I return home I told my dad and we called the local airport to see if they saw anything on radar, we were laughed at, so for the past 32 years this has been my secret.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD)).

03/15/74 7:30 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 30minutes

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Simpson, PA

Full Report Text:

Hovered- Colored lights went out- sped away -left trail This was a long time ago, but it is still fresh in my mind. I saw a red and green light over the mountain where there is a christmas star that is turned on for the holiday. Upon driving north on rout 171 in Simpson Pa, I saw the red light move over the highway.

I drove over the bridge going home and saw a number of cars onthe side of the road. There was at least 10 people watching this. I stopped and got out of my car, we were all watching the lights moving over the road.

The lights stopped and they hovered for about 2 minutes. Then the red and green lights went out and a bright white appered inthe middle and sped off. It left a trail of white light behind it, because is moved so fast.

I dont know if this means anything, but it was something that i will never forget. ((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)).

02/15/74 10:10 PM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 10 + minutes

Report

Carbondale, PA

Full Report Text:

A circular object flew across the sky and fell into a pond. The water was bubbling and a strange blue/green color. Police and military personal were notified.

Divers went into the water and retrieved something, which was put into a large closed trailer. Official report said it was a "miner's latern". Paul Bunyon must have thrown it from Phila.

My father and I watched the whole thing. Dad died in 1976 and I have never told anyone that we watched everything that was done from a nearby hill. Neither the police or the military knew we were watching.

They had cordened off the area so sight seers could not get near their operations. We had a birds-eye view. ((NUFORC Note: Case passed to Stan Gordon, PA UFO investigator, for corroboration.

)).

01/09/74 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: three days

Report

Pennsylvania 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
Unknown 3 reported sightings 30.00% of all reports
Circle 3 reported sightings 30.00% of all reports
Fireball 2 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Light 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
Triangle 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports

Pennsylvania 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
June 3 reported sightings 30.00% of all reports
November 2 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
December 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
February 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
January 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
March 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports

Pennsylvania 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
Saturday 4 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Friday 3 reported sightings 30.00% of all reports
Monday 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports

Pennsylvania 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
06/15/74 3 reported sightings 30.00% of all reports
11/01/74 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
03/15/74 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
12/10/74 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
02/15/74 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports

Pennsylvania 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
Night 20:00 - 23:59 4 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 2 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 2 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 1 reported sightings 10.00% of all reports

All Pennsylvania Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1974

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

City Number of Reports View Reports
Carbondale 2 UFO Reports Carbondale UFO Sightings in 1974
Westline 1 UFO Reports Westline UFO Sightings in 1974
Oil City 1 UFO Reports Oil City UFO Sightings in 1974
Moosic 1 UFO Reports Moosic UFO Sightings in 1974
Pauncetony 1 UFO Reports Pauncetony UFO Sightings in 1974
Simpson 1 UFO Reports Simpson UFO Sightings in 1974
Harrisville 1 UFO Reports Harrisville UFO Sightings in 1974
Jermyn 1 UFO Reports Jermyn UFO Sightings in 1974
Erie 1 UFO Reports Erie UFO Sightings in 1974

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Pennsylvania

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 19 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 146 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 209 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 146 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 323 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 236 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 95 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 179 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 203 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 246 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 383 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 308 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 298 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 189 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 172 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 168 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 193 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 153 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 123 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 106 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 137 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 88 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 135 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 78 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 73 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 70 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 48 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 39 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 37 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 42 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 13 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 4 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 9 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 12 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 18 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 12 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 15 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 16 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 11 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1969