A UFO spotted over Russia sparked hundreds of supernatural reports that included a three-eyed alien sighting and dozens of people saying a pink glow could be seen.
The now-infamous Voronezh UFO incident was first publicly reported to have startled a group of children over the days leading up to October 9, 1989, when a full report was released.
While the group of boys say they spotted a mysterious "pink glow in the sky" as well as a "deep red ball" that "circle, vanished, then reappeared minutes later", hundreds more chimed in with their own sightings.
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It sparked one of the largest UFO responses from a government, with the Soviet Scientific Commission ordered to investigate the alleged sighting of a "three-eyed alien."
Their investigation, an inquiry into the alleged incident, saw scientists from the at-the-time Soviet Union visit the site of the so-called sighting.
What they discovered soon after were hundreds of reports, with the area of the first sighting being dubbed the "land of the aliens".
Despite far-fetched claims from the children, who allege that one alien used a ray gun to make an unnamed 16-year-old boy disappear, hundreds of individuals began claiming they had spotted extra-terrestrials.
Lieutenant Sergei A. Matveyev, an employee of the Voronezh police district even alleged to have seen a "body flying in the sky".
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One journalist at the time writing for Komsomolskaya Pravda had even claimed he was able to secure an exclusive interview with alien beings, but this, surprisingly, turned out to be false.
A private company was behind the subsequent "land of the aliens" namesake, charging people to tour the grounds of the Voronezh sightings.
Despite an above-average presence of radiation in the area, UFO hopefuls were soon told this was due to the Chernobyl effect, with University of Voroenzh's Igor Sarotsev saying it was an insignificant finding.
He said at the time: "The presence of a larger than normal quantity of the radioactive isotope caesium in the area of the alleged sighting did not constitute proof of a landing. After Chernobyl, this kind of phenomenon has been found in many areas."
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