The Lonnie Zamora incident began at 5:45 pm on April 24, 1964 in Socorro, New Mexico. The 31 year old policeman was on patrol when he was passed by a car which was obviously speeding. Zamora took off in chase of the vehicle, but suddenly heard a loud roar in the distance, accompanied by a bluish, orange flame rising into the air.
Dynamite Shack Explosion First Thought Of Policeman
Zamora knew that there was a dynamite shack not too distant from him and he thought at first that there had been an explosion there. Abandoning the chase for the speeder he pointed his police car in the direction of the shack. He radioed his activities to the sheriff dispatcher.
Physical Evidence Evident After UFO Departure
In 1968, Dr. James McDonald, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Arizona, said that he had learned of an alleged patch of "fused sand" at the Socorro landing site: "A woman who is now a radiological chemist with the Public Health Service in Las Vegas was involved in some special analyses of materials collected at the Socorro site, and when she was there, the morning after [April 25, 1964], she claims that there was a patch of melted and resolidified sand right under the landing area.
All Analysis Notes And Material Illegally Confiscated
"I have talked to her both by telephone and in person here in Tucson recently." She had analyzed plant fluids exuded from the scorched greasewood and mesquite plants and told McDonald, "There were a few organic materials they couldn't identify," but most of the sample was just sap. "Shortly after she finished her work," she told him, "Air Force personnel came and took all her notes and materials and told her she wasn't to talk about it any more." Analysis reports of physical evidence at the site have never been released to the public.