Reason #539 Lake Saint Louis Ranks Among the Nation's Most Kick-Ass Places to Live: It Has UFOs!

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​When Money magazine last year named Lake St. Louis the ninth best place in the country to put down roots, it hailed "the friendly town" with two man-made lakes, five parks, three golf courses and -- definitely a benefit -- "full-time residents with children drawn by myriad activities and low crime."

Hey, guys, you forgot to tell everybody about the UFOs
  
Not to worry. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Joel Currier, who, to his credit, still plies the shoe leather and supplies regular entertainment from the metro area's suburban fringes, has the paranormal scoop in this morning's paper.

Currier recounts how two calls of UFO reports to the Lake Saint Louis Police Department after 9 p.m. on Saturday night prompted a short investigation by a uniformed officer and a community member. 

The residents reported seeing a flashing saucer lighting up the night sky, molting from red to blue to green to purple. Even the police officer caught a glimpse, but as one fellow puts it, everybody was kinda like, WTF?! 

Turns out a 51-year-old inventor named Paul Bauer was out in the backyard, testing his latest knick-knack: a helium balloon tricked out with LED lighting and a remote-control system. 

Left unsaid: whether it took the work of the Lake Saint Louis police, or Currier, the reporter, to get to the bottom of this little mystery. 

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