The ancient site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire has long been a focus of paranormal phenomena, and I have read some intriguing cases concerning this famous spot on the bleak Salisbury Plain. I will leave out the case of the disappearing hippies from the summer of 1973, who all apparently disappeared in a flash of blue light one night whilst camping out at the stones, as frankly I think it’s an old wives tale. Though if you do an Internet search for UFOs around Stonehenge, it is often the one that will come up. In spite of a lot of searching I have yet to find anything about this startling event other than as a sort of Stonehenge Urban Myth on paranormal forums. That Stonehenge is quite a magnet for UFO phenomena cannot be doubted though.

In March 2011 9000 secret UFO documents were released by the British government, which confirmed that Stonehenge has a long history of UFO sightings behind it. As far back as 1670 there were reports that somebody had seen a “strange ghost” near the stones. When the witness asked if it was there for good or evil, it declined to comment. The story goes that it disappeared, leaving behind an unusual smell (strange aroma’s are often to be found in UFO-related incidents).

In July 1877 locals reported seeing strange lights in the sky over the stones. Fast-forwarding to the 20th century there is a case from August 1957, when the military were enacting war strategies on Salisbury Plain. As they were getting ready a crew in one of the tanks reported seeing a large, silver cigar-shaped object, which the tank opened fire on. A few years later, in 1968, Arthur Shuttlewood, a local journalist and prominent figure in the Warminster Thing phenomenon, said he saw a UFO close to a ring of fire that emerged from the stones.

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