Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Birmingham UFO Group Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Last Updated: 18/05/2013
Occasionally BUFOG receives sighting details from abroad. This report covers a fascinating multiple witness sighting from a respectable source who decided to contact BUFOG directly because of our professional attitude towards the subject and open-minded views. The man’s name is Albert Treiz, and he lives in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he has lived for most of his life. He spent 35 years in the Sudbury police force, during which he worked his way up to the position of Staff Sergeant, where he was responsible for the entire station and all 340 personnel. His encounter with the UFO occurred in late October 1965 when he was 23 years old and a police officer.
Towards the end of the report is a link to two other separate BUFOG reports of similar UFOs observed within a month of this sighting, at least one of which is extremely likely to be the same object.
On the evening of the incident, Albert was on night patrol. Part of his patrol area was the police shooting range at the end of Maki Road in Garson. The shooting range lies at the end of Maki Road, and still exists today. Albert would often use the area to take a short nap in the early hours of the morning.
Aerial map showing location of Sudbury police force shooting range:
Photograph of the entrance to the firing range:
It was about 3am when Albert stepped out of his police cruiser to use the bathroom. It was a cold night, but was still and clear, with the stars and moon fully visible. As he stepped out of the car, he spotted a bright white light in the night sky to the South, which he first assumed was a star. The light was at an angle of about 20 degrees. He stared at it for at least 5 seconds before realising that it was becoming brighter and appeared to be moving towards his location.
After about 15-20 seconds the object stopped moving. At this point it was directly over the firing range and lit up the entire area around it for about 300 yards. It was within a kilometre of his position and was completely silent. Due to the brightness of the light coming from it, it was impossible to see its actual shape. Albert was both fascinated and un-nerved by the object. Sensing potential danger, he instinctively reached across to his left side, retrieved his firearm and brought it to his right side.
Close up aerial view of the shooting range:
The UFO remained stationary for about 15 seconds. Suddenly without warning it shot away at a 45 degree angle into the sky at an incredible speed. It was lost from sight within a brief moment. Albert was astonished by what he had just witnessed. At that moment he realised that the object could not have been a conventional aircraft of any kind, nor something else such as a lit inflatable/balloon. It had clearly acted under intelligent control with purpose.
Albert continued to stare to the South for a short while, absorbing what he had seen. He then got back in his cruiser and quickly left the area. It was the responsibility of the graveyard shift officer to report overnight activities to local radio and TV. However he did not report the sighting as he was scared no-one would believe him.
Three days later, he picked up the Sudbury Star newspaper. In it was a report of the same object by a fellow officer named Mike. He had also been out on patrol and had seen the same object in the same area! In that timeframe Albert remembers hearing rumours of other UFO sightings, although most were different to what he and Mike had seen.
Due to the incredible manoeuvres observed, this is a very impressive sighting indeed. If the object had not performed these manoeuvres, it would have remained nothing more than an unidentified glowing light. However it is clear that whatever it was it was under direct control. It could not have been an aircraft as it came to a halt for a period of time. It could not have been a helicopter because movement patterns aside, Albert would have heard the noise of the rotor blades. It left the area much too fast to have been a drifting inflatable object or remote controlled model, and it is extremely unlikely to have been an earth light.
Could it have been some kind of secret military craft? This is of course possible but I find it unlikely that, even top secret, they have something which could hover stationary, completely silent, and then suddenly move at such a velocity. Also it is highly improbable that they would fly the object directly over a police-patrolled area, even in the middle of the night. It seems much more likely that this was a genuine sighting of an advanced craft of non-human origin.
Albert is currently attempting to track down the newspaper article, unfortunately he did not keep this. If he manages to find it he will send it me and this report will be updated.
Other Possible Sightings
In April 2013 I was contacted by a witness who informed me that he and a friend had observed a glowing white cigar-shaped UFO in Sudbury in September 1965. He was not aware of this case but due to the proximity of the location and the dates it is extremely likely that this was the same object. There is a seperate case report
The only other UFO sightings I have looked into so far from the 1960's also occurred in October 1965. The sightings took place in Michigan which happens to be the state just south of Ontario. One of the two sightings was of a glowing white sphere. Could this have been related to these other sightings? Again this is covered in a seperate report.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2013