Vancouver Was Awesome: UFO Over City Hall, 1937


A Vancouver time travelogue brought to you by Past Tense.

Twenty one-year old Leonard Lamoureux and his brother Wilfred went to City Hall one night in 1937 to photograph the Christmas lights when they spotted a UFO. According to Leonard’s daughter, Debra DeCamillis,

The two were suddenly astounded to see a “bright bright blue light” drop straight down from the sky. It became larger as it did and so they were able to observe the source of the light as an object that Leonard described as “two saucers” open ends facing each other, glowing bright blue. The object then moved “dead straight” horizontally across the sky. When it just appeared to clear the flagpole on the roof of the City Hall it came to an almost dead stop and Leonard clicked the shutter on the camera. The object then shot straight back up into the sky. “They never seen anything fly so fast!” This scared them to death and they ran from the scene. The object made no sound.

BC has had more than its fair share of UFO sightings over the years, such as the one photographed by eleven year-old David Knutsen in Surrey in 1974 and a slew of sightings in the Lower Mainland in 1957. UFO BC has compiled dozens of news articles and eyewitness reports dating back to 1897. In August that year the World reported that a cigar-shaped “ball of fire or airship” had been seen by many, including one of their reporters, over the course of a week. One person suggested it was the “Klondike star pointing the way to untold wealth.”

Source: UFO BC

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