An enormous monument dedicated to an alleged UFO event that took place in a small Massachusetts town nearly 50 years ago has finally been removed by local officials after a lengthy battle over its location. The 5,000-pound concrete block commemorates a 1969 "off-world incident" in which forty residents in the community of Sheffield reported spotting an unidentified flying object. Since being installed back in 2015, the monument has been a constant source of controversy in the town as, shortly after it first appeared, local officials demanded that it be moved because it was on public land.
The relocation of the monument seemed to settle matters until last April when, once again, the town argued that it was on public property and, as such, ordered it to be moved for a second time. This decree sparked considerable resistance from Thomas Reed, who was one of the original witnesses to the UFO incident, spearheaded the creation of the marker in the first place, and insisted that the land did not belong to the community. The odd nature of the dispute briefly spawned national headlines, but the ultimate fate of the monument became bogged down in bureaucratic red tape until this week when the situation finally came to a head.
Find out what became of the monument at the Coast to Coast AM website.