From the beginning of time, people have been seeing strange things in the sky that can't be explained. Since the early 1950s, the term unidentified flying objects (UFO) has been used to categorize the unexplained objects seen in the sky.
Michigan has had its share of UFO sightings over the years. There is one in particular sighting that happened in West Michigan where hundreds of people reported seeing strange lights off Lake Michigan that have yet to be explained to this day.
March 8, 1994
On the evening of March 9, 1994, around 9:30 p.m. over 300 911 calls were made to local police dispatchers with several Michiganders claiming to have seen round objects with different colored lights hovering over Lake Michigan.
One such 911 call came in from Holly Graves of Holland, Michigan. Graves' son came into the house saying there is something in the sky. Holly and her two children Michele and Joey all witnessed lights in the sky.
Something is on the Radar
The above video contains audio from some of the 911 calls and it also contains a conversation with the National Weather Service of Muskegon's Jack Bushong and Ottawa County Dispatcher Jeff Velthouse.
Velthouse asked Bushong if he had radar and to check the area of Ottawa County. Bushong did in fact pick up some objects he could not explain. At times there would be one object, two objects, three objects, and even four objects. The objects would hover 5000 to 7000 feet then move or jump quickly and hover again. The objects were watched moving from down to South Haven and then Berrien Springs before moving across Lake Michigan toward Chicago.
Bushong said in all the years of tracking storms, he had never had anything like this on his radar screens.
UFO Sightings Before Cellphones
In 1994, there were no cell phones with video cameras. Most people didn't even own a home video camera back then so capturing lights in the sky was something very rare unfortunately in this case, there were no such videos made but over 300 witness accounts.
The above video report from WOOD TV8 runs through the story in detail including maps of the radar and conversations with retired weatherman John Bushong.
1994 UFO Sightings Along Lake Michigan on Unsolved Mysteries
In Unsolved Mysteries Volume 3: "Something In the Sky" can be found on Netflix. The episode focuses on the 1994 UFO sightings over Lake Michigan.
If you think you can solve the mystery, if you click here there is access to the full episode, plus materials like the Holland Police reports, March 8, 1994 911 call transcripts, government connection files, maps from the radar where objects were detected, and other material you can go through. There is even a link where you can report additional information.