Roaring River UFO Encounter
Date: November 22, 1966
Location: Cassville, MO
The UFO, in this case, was seen and photographed. There have been several eyewitness accounts of UFOs shooting beams either to the ground or at someone, But this case is unique with testimony of personal items being destroyed by a beam or some other weapon from a UFO.
The exact location was nearer to Cassville. It was deer season, a pair of hunters were trying their luck. As one of the 2 returned to their campsite, he became alarmed when he saw smoke rising from their camp. He immediately ran to find out what had happened. He discovered their 12' x 18' tent and other equipment totally destroyed. The tent was still smoldering. Other items including shoes & records were still smoking. One of the aluminum poles that supported the tent was singed, but not burned. The aluminum cots inside their tent were melted. The tent was set up under two trees, and being winter time, the leaves of the tree were dried, the leaves showed no damage at all, indicating that the destructive force was a narrow force, not anything wide. And was aimed or sighted in. About 15' away was a dead tree with the top still burning. The pair heard a low humming sound, and looking for the source, one saw an unusual object rising from the valley just beyond the burning tree. And were able to photograph the object only a few seconds after it left the ground, and managed a second photo seconds later. The entire sighting was no more than 20 seconds.
The humming sound coming from the UFO intensified as it picked up speed. His last look at the object put it about 40° above the horizon. Gaining speed as it left. The UFO was of an aluminum color, reflecting the sunlight. And noticed what to him appeared to be a band around the the center of the object. The UFO flew effortlessly as it moved into the skies. He walked the distance from his location to the area of the object, measuring approximately 300'. The crafts diameter was estimated at 25', being about 8' thick.
He had used a 620 format Argoflex camera with a coated varex 75mm, f/4.5 lens, shutter speed at 1/90 seconds, f/8 depth of field if focused at infinity was 41' to infinity. The photographs were in the center of the roll with other camping exposures at beginning and end of roll. There can be little doubt that the damage at the campsite was done by the UFO photographed by the hunter.