UFO mystery settled in Maryland


Published Wednesday, April 30, 2008

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) It wasn't a UFO or spectral manifestation.

A middle-of-the-night mystery that rattled and baffled residents for months may finally have been solved with police making a real-world arrest.

Deafening blasts accompanied by blinding split-second flashes of light have been rattling residents of one neighborhood of this Baltimore suburb for months.

Elaine O'Mansky says she has heard the noise 25 times since September, always between midnight and dawn. She says the accompanying flash was bright enough to light up her bedroom.

Barbara Friedman says the first time she heard the blast she thought someone was shooting at her.

Police officers Vickie Warehime and J. Posluszny Jr. said the department set up cameras and recorded the phenomena last week, but didn't detect anyone in the area.

The recorded flash lit up an area the size of a football field. Based on shadows, police believe the light source was in the air about 30 feet above the ground near the Beth Tfiloh Community School.

A Baltimore County Police spokesman, Cpl. Mike Hill, confirmed Tuesday that someone had been arrested in connection with the mystery, but he could not immediately provide any details.