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Kecksburg is an unincorporated community in Mount Pleasant Townshipmarker, Westmoreland Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. It is located along PA Route 982 in a heavily wooded area about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburghmarker at an elevation of 1,209 feet.

UFO incident

On December 9, 1965 a large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six states and Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It streaked over the Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker/Windsor, Ontariomarker area, dropped reported metal debris over Michigan and northern Ohiomarker, and caused sonic booms in Western Pennsylvania. The 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 meteor.

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.

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