The threat of UFOs compromising reactor security, as if the nuclear industry didn’t have enough to deal with already, became a very real concern in 1984.
Although officials won’t admit it, several researchers have information That New York’s Indian Point Reactor complex endured such a UFO problem during the long siege of sightings that happened throughout the state’s Hudson Valley area. The portrayal of the event in this article is based primarily on the disclosures of unnamed sources.
The summer of 1984 was a troublesome season for authorities at the Indian Point nuclear reactor complex in Buchanan, New York. Two UFO appearances, one of which was verified by Carl Patrick, director of nuclear information for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and later documented by the press and the 1987 book Night Siege, apparently put the normally tight security of the plant to a severe test.
The first event entailed the brief flyover of a huge craft, witnessed by three security policemen on June 14. That was followed ten days later by a UFO incident of unprecedented impact. It was one of hundreds of UFO sightings in the Hudson Valley, but one the nuclear workers won’t soon forget.
“Here comes that UFO again!” an Indian Point security guard is said to have yelled on the night of July 24, 1984, alerting other security personnel by way of the plant’s internal communications system.
A UFO, variously described as looking like “an ice cream cone” and “boomerang,” had lazily drifted over to Reactor #3-the only active reactor at the time-lingering about 300 feet above the domed construction for some ten minutes, sending security officials into an uproar.
Now, six years later, the principal UFO researcher on the case admits that many aspects of the event remain confusing and undisclosed. And although he’s still receiving information, Philip Imbrogno calls his own lengthy investigation “stagnant.”
“Every time new information comes up or I get a lead on something, I get very reluctant to deal with it again,” said Imbrogno, who heads the science department at the Windward School in White Plains, New York. “The entire case has caused me quite a bit of pressure . . .