NASA says the ‘UFO’ saw crashing in Las Vegas was a small meteor; cops say they hope to find aliens
After seeing a brilliant meteor in the sky, officers unsuccessfully pursued what witnesses described as individuals with blazing eyes about 10 feet tall.
Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, tells Motherboard that a green fireball seen last month by a Las Vegas police officer, among others, was most likely a brilliant meteor less than a meter in size, not a UFO that crashed in anyone’s backyard.
Meanwhile, Las Vegas officers told Motherboard that although they did not discover aliens during a search last month, they intend to do so in the future due to the city’s closeness to Area 51.
The video in question depicts the aftermath of a UFO experience that went viral over the weekend. According to KLAS, a guy phoned Las Vegas police last month to report something unusual: when an item fell from the sky, he and his family observed a non-human entity at least eight feet tall in their backyard.
“It has big eyes and it’s looking at us,” the guy informed 911.
Officers on the scene judged the story plausible, according to body camera video of the police reaction to the call. Officers react to the call in the early morning hours of May 1 in the first of two recordings released in response to records requests. Four individuals are on a lawn as they approach a home. Following the KLAS story, the video became viral over the weekend.
“Me and him saw it,” one guy adds.
“It was like a big creature,” another observes. “Around 10 feet tall.”
A police officer instantly informs him that he believes their account.
“I’m not gonna BS you guys,” he adds. “One of my colleagues also saw something fall from the sky.”
Footage recorded earlier that night by another police officer’s body camera in the same region purports to show a luminous green sphere descending from the sky. The American Meteor Society’s fireball records included this item, but not NASA’s Center for Near Earth Item Studies, or CNEOS.
While discrepancies like this feed conspiracy theories about NASA coverups, Johnson, the planetary defense officer, provided a simple explanation, saying, “The CNEOS website only captures reports for objects that are estimated to have exceeded 1 meter in size based on the observed total energy released—in other words, natural objects that were large enough to be classified as asteroids prior to entering Earth’s atmosphere.”
He said that based on its measured speed, it would have been high in the stratosphere and hundreds of miles away from Las Vegas when it was discovered. “So nothing from the meteor landed in anyone’s backyard in Las Vegas,” he said.
Unaware of this, police responding to the 911 call investigated the family’s backyard immediately and seemingly carefully; 16 minutes of this film was censored because, according to police, it was recorded on private property. (They told Motherboard that no UFOs were discovered)
When the video resumes, the officer assures the witnesses that, while he hasn’t found a UFO, he believes their account is credible, noting that while he was on a call at a nearby Target, one of his partners saw what she thought was a shooting star in the sky—exactly at the same time the eyewitnesses saw a mysterious object fall from the heavens.
More body camera video from another officer indicates that a thorough search took place, with the officer waving down a vehicle to ask the occupants whether they’d seen a UFO or tall, non-human individuals after asking a witness if he’d seen which direction the aliens went.
“Hey, this might sound like a really dumb question,” he continues, “but did you guys see anything fall out of the sky?”
The occupants in the vehicle claim they saw nothing.
“We got a call, and one of my partners actually said that they saw it, too,” the officer explains before saying that their neighbors recounted a UFO crashing and asking them to contact 911 if they saw an extraterrestrial. “They claimed to have seen something with eight to nine feet, no clothes, green-colored men, not human, with glowing eyes, and it was not a human being.”
As the cops were leaving the scene, one of the witnesses expressed concern about spending the night at home given what he’d seen.
“I’m going to the hotel, man,” he said.
Last Monday, one of the witnesses posted a video to YouTube titled “I had aliens in my backyard.”
Becky Ferreira helped with reporting.
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