There are a number of threads covering this case but not any really laying out the full timeline, basic facts, and main witness testimony all in one
place. Then of course, there is the different speculation that may point to a UFO crashing or landing in the Welsh mountains one dark winter night
early in 1974.
There is a sceptical explanation from investigator, Andy Roberts. His conclusion was that a series of rare, natural events caused the loud explosions
and strange pulsing lights over North Wales on January 23rd 1974.
But not everyone agrees with his conclusions. There are other accounts of the strange lights on the Berwyn mountains, an alleged British Army presence
with roadblocks in the area, alien bodies recovered at the "crash" site, strange helicopter sightings, and visits to the surrounding villages by
men-in-black (secret service agents). There is even a story, that the crashed UFO was accompanied by other craft that were submerged off the British
Isles in the Irish Sea and flushed out of the sea by the Royal Navy and RAF.
But before we jump too far ahead let’s begin with a basic outline of events:
The Berwyn Mountain Range
The Berwyn Mountains lie in the North Wales region of Great Britain, a sparsely populated area around 30 miles from the major town of Wrexham and the
23rd January 1974
It is a dark, cold, windy, drizzly winter night in North Wales.
8:32pm - In the small North Wales towns of Llandrillo and Llanderfel, villagers hear a loud explosion and see strange lights streaking across the sky
above the nearby Berwyn Mountainrange. Buildings shake, furniture moves, pets and livestock become audibly agitated. First thoughts are that something
has crashed into the mountains. Early reports from a number of witnesses are of red and amber pulsing lights and an egg shaped craft flying past them.
Many witnesses telephone the local police to report these strange events. The tremors are felt across the region in Wrexham, Cheshire, Wirral,
Liverpool and even the Isle of Man.
One of the witnesses, Elfed Roberts, who was a police sergeant at the time of UFO incident, had driven rapidly towards Bala moments after the tremor,
believing the local dam has been breached. On reaching Bala, Roberts, reports in to the local police station and then heads towards Llandrillo with
Inspector Glyn Evans. They see a bright light south towards Cader Berwyn for a few seconds.
Elfed Roberts (2008)
As we were driving, all of a sudden we saw this green light in the sky ahead of us and it seemed to be an arcing light, but it was very sudden,
totally unexpected, different to anything ever seen before. On arriving at Llandrillo many of the residents were outside in the streets with the
consensus that something had crashed into the nearby mountain range.
A number of policemen then commandeered a land rover from the farmland home of, then 14 year old, Huw Lloyd to negotiate the difficult terrain.
Directed to make a search of nearby Cader Bronwen they find nothing but an empty poacher’s vehicle parked up on the mountain road.
Pat Evans (1996)
9.40pm - Local nurse Pat Evans, from the close by village of Llandderfel, hears reports of a possible aircraft accident. She leaves home, accompanied
by her two teenage daughters and makes the journey towards the mountains, in the belief she can assist and offer first aid to any survivors. She and
her two daughters see a red/orange glow on the slope of Cader Berwyn a few miles to the left. Described as almost perfectly round and pulsating. They
also see smaller lights lower down the mountain, flashing like fairy lights and moving in a zig-zag pattern towards the object. Pat at first assumes
these are the lights from a rescue team. However, soon realising that no rescue team could have possibly been organised and also have arrived before
her, she becomes totally confused, and leaves the scene to return home with her daughters. At one point she is politely stopped by a military patrol
and then allowed to go on her way. * (according to differing testimony Pat Evans encountered no one else on the road)
The Gwynedd Police Constabulary Major Incident Log
Here is a sample of the calls recorded on The Gwynedd Police Constabulary Major Incident Log.
*The times are the logged time of the call/visit to the police not the time of the event being witnessed.
Explosion. PC receiving 999 calls of UFO. A witness who saw an object on the hillside reported: 'Saw bright red light, like coal fire red. Large
perfect circle. Like a big bonfire. Could see lights above and to the right and white lights moving to bottom. Light changed colour to yellowish white
and back again.'
'There's been a large explosion in the area and there is a large fire in the mountainside. I am speaking from ... and can see the fire where I am.'
Telex message to chief constable Gwynedd constabulary.
Saw bright green lights, object with tail - travelling west. Saw about Bangor direction - dropped down.
At approx 10pm on 23/1/74: Saw a circular light in the sky at an estimated height of 1,500 feet. This object exploded and pieces fell to the ground.
Mr xx.. estimates the pieces would have fallen into the (Irish) sea between Rhyl and Liverpool.
The Liverpool Daily Post of the 25th Jan 1974 reported that the officer in charge at the police incident HQ at Colwyn Bay….. “had checked with RAF
Valley [Anglesey] and the air traffic control centre at Preston and had to treat the incident “as if a plane had crashed”. Within an hour “about
ten” officers had began searching the Berwyn Mountains where lights had been reported, and emergency services were alerted. The police team was
joined by an RAF mountain rescue group and teams of experts”.
Theories at the time were that a large meteorite had exploded or even an old WWII bomb had detonated. It was further reported that many people,
especially in the Isle of Man, had seen an RAF night bombing exercise.
The possibility of finding a large meteorite drew in geologists to search the area, including staff and students from Leeds, Liverpool and Durham
Universities, and various amateurs. RAF Canberra survey aircraft also photographed the area in the days that followed. Nothing was found to suggest
anything had crashed into the mountains range. At least officially nothing was ever found. There were reports of a lot of military activity,
roadblocks in the area and strange visitors to the surrounding villages questioning people on what they had seen. However, with investigations turning
up nothing, the media’s interest waned and the story faded away.
continued in part 2
edit on 16/9/12 by mirageman because: typos
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