Skeptic News: Mysterious metal objects found near Canada/US border

mountieFrom: Bangor Daily News

Local lore has long held there be monsters gliding in the depths of Lac Pohenegamook near the Maine-Quebec border. Now it appears strange things may be in the skies, as well.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian military are investigating two metal objects discovered earlier this month in a wooded area by hunters near the border crossing between Estcourt Station, Maine and Pohenegamook, Quebec.

“We don’t know what it is,” Sgt. Marcel Soucy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Rimouski, Quebec, said Friday. “We’ve sent photos to various agencies in Canada including Transport Canada, the army, the navy and everybody to try and identify them.”

Those photos are not being released to the media, Soucy said.

“Them” are two large hunks of metal described by Marc-Andre Paradis, a part-time astronomer and technologies expert with Aster Station Observatory in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Quebec, as banged up carcasses. “There were black boxes installed on them with some sort of instrumentations and it was all connected by wires,” Paradis said, adding he had only seen photos and videos of the objects provided by a crew from Canadian QMI Agency’s French TV network TVA.

The objects were initially turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials, according to Michelle Benson-Fuller, public affairs officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“A citizen contacted CBP officials on Dec. 7 to report some type of metal device located in the woods in Estcourt,” Benson-Fuller said in an email on Thursday. “Border Patrol agents assigned to the Van Buren station determined the object originated from Canada and contacted RCMP officials to report the incident. CBP officers and agents worked with RCMP on properly returning the item back to Canada for further investigation.”

A news team from TVA were on the scene when the objects were located.

“When the reporters came to see me and showed me the photos, I recognized some of the markings and indications they there were from the Canadian armed forces,” Paradis, a retired aviation mechanic, said.

“The construction of it looked like it was made to be airborne,” he said. “It looked like light material sturdy enough to hold instruments.”

Paradis speculates the objects may have been topographical or mapping data gathering devices carried by large, helium-filled balloons released by researchers from the village of Laurier Station near Quebec City.

Local police have ruled out alien activity and eliminated Santa Claus as a suspect.

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