By Brandon Hansen
Nisqually Valley News 

Washington Ranks Second Nationally in UFO Sightings, With Many in Yelm and Rainier


Last updated 7/13/2023 at 2:22pm

While one of the most famous shows based in Washington state is "Fraiser" - a Seattle-based comedy about psychiatrist Fraiser Crane - perhaps it should have been the "X-Files" instead.

According to Satellite Internet, Washington is the second-most active state regarding UFO sightings. There have been 90 reported UFO sightings per 100,000 residents in Washington, second only to Vermont, with 92 sightings per 100,000 people.

A UFO, or unidentified flying object, refers to any object or phenomenon observed in the sky that cannot be readily identified as a known aircraft, natural phenomenon or man-made object.

One of the most famous early UFO sightings was made in Washington in 1947. Kenneth Arnold was flying from Chehalis when he reported seeing nine shiny objects flying past Mount Rainier at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour near Mineral.

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