Kecksburg is an unincorporated community in
Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. It is located along PA Route 982 in a heavily wooded area
about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh at an elevation of 1,209 feet.
December 9, 1965 a
large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six
states and Ontario, Canada.
streaked over the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor,
Ontario area, dropped reported metal debris over Michigan
and northern Ohio, and caused
sonic booms in Western Pennsylvania.
fireball landed in the woods just outside Kecksburg and was
reportedly acorn shaped. Some speculated that it was a UFO, however
the United States government officially stated that it was just a
A large bell-shaped metallic object was made by Unsolved Mysteries
to be used as a
model for a story that they did on the incident. After the story
aired, the show donated the model to the town, and it was placed
upon a three legged wooden pedestal at the local fire department.
The model was taken indoors for a time, however it is now back
outside on a new metal pedestal lit with spot lights.