Residents of Newfoundland have reported seeing a strange fireball-like object emerging from the ocean near their homes in Harbour Mille on the south coast. Many folks in the area reported the object, but Darlene Stewart, who was photographing the sunset when the object appeared, managed to capture an image as the thing–whatever it was–streaked across the sky. To view the photo and read the story that appeared at the website

UFO Sighting Puzzles N.L. Residents

The photograph appears to show a missile or other elongated object, emitting flames or what has been described as “heavy smoke” illuminated by the light of sunset (keep in mind, the Trident II missile in the image to the right is merely for illustrative purposes). Another witness, Emmy Pardy, stated that “It appeared to come out of the ocean,” and “was like it was in the middle of the bay.”

This alone may be the most curious aspect of the sighting; however, if what it entails is of any merit, it may also be the most frightening. Gralien Report correspondent Christopher McCollum, who sent the story along, referred to the object as a “USO,” borrowing the term used by the late Fortean scholar Ivan T. Sanderson which denotes an “Unidentified Submerged Object.” Submarines with the Russian Navy operating in international waters throughout the Atlantic have reported an overwhelming number of “USO” encounters, as described in recently declassified documents released by naval officials in 2009. However, if this object weren’t some kind of “USO” or other unidentified object, what are the alternatives?

In William R. Forstchen’s 2009 novel One Second After, the United States falls victim to an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack that results from nuclear devices being launched into near-space above the United States. Destruction and devastation is limited to planes and other large craft falling to Earth due to failure of electrical systems, but in a country dependent on technology that is suddenly thrust into a modern dark age, all hell breaks loose as Americans struggle to exist in an environment where cell phones, computers, lights, televisions, stoves, and even cars are rendered useless.

In Forstchen’s “nightmare novel,” it is later learned that an “enemy of the United States” had launched the devices from ships far out at sea, hence any mention of objects firing out of the ocean–like the one described over Newfoundland–causes a bit of concern. Granted, if there had been any obvious danger associated with the object photographed by Mrs. Stewart, we surely would have known about it by now. However, the question lingers… what was it, and where did it come from? Was it evidence of some strange activity taking place beneath our oceans, or perhaps even worse, could it indicate militaristic activity that might warrant concern?

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at