New Hampshire has always had a strange infatuation with UFOs, so much so that one Gilford native went on to create a successful SyFy Series based on an undercover alien. So, it should come as no surprise that locals continue to spin Martian yarn about the Exeter Incident.

For those unfamiliar, the Incident allegedly took place on September 3, 1965.

Like something out of "The Twilight Zone," witnesses in Kensington and Epping appeared startled enough by flashing red lights in the sky that the craft was investigated by two Exeter police officers. There were horses kicking, trees swaying, and enough corroborations to give the story legs (and tentacles).

Just one question: did everyone miss when it was debunked in 2011?

That’s when former Air Force pilot James McGaha came forward and used the object’s light patterns to identify it as a refueling plane, much like the one he had once used in Exeter while operating out of Pease Air Force Base, according to NH Magazine.

And historians remembered that witnesses that night in 1965 had heard, you guessed it, military aircraft flying overhead. And yet, the story persists, with the Seacoast holding events in the years to come to “commemorate” the “Incident.”

And it seems eyes are still on the skies, with another string of Granite State "sightings" being reported just last fall (and in broad daylight).

Maybe it's just fun to have our own "mystery" to cling to. And at least our aliens weren't as unprepared as the ones that goofily raided a town in Massachusetts.

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