Fresno, Central California: Hotspot For UFOs?
By Michelle Macaluso
(Fox News) -- On July 8, 1947, a crash in Roswell, N.M. described by local papers as a "flyingsaucer" lit a fire in America:UFO fever. And today, justover 65 years later, some Central Californians believe the region remains aUFO hotspot, the bottom leg of a "UFO triangle" as mysterious as Bermuda's.
Jeffrey Gonzalez is one of such, the founder of Sanger Paranormal Societyand a UFO chaser for the past four years. He even runs a 24-hour UFO hotline:people call and he investigates claims of UFO sightings.
"No, I'm not crazy. It's an obsession, it's a hobby," Gonzalez toldFoxNews.com.
He works as a phone company technician during the day and solves mysteriesof the unknown during his time off. He says his background in electronics helpshim use the tools to investigate the paranormal.
"I go out to the location to where these events happen, I'll talk to thewitnesses I will take reference points and I will make sure it's real," hesaid.
Gonzalez drives a research vehicle or "Paranormal Ambulance" equipped withthe requisite gear necessary to investigate UFOs: a Geiger counter, an EMFscanner, infrared cameras, and of course, a Sony HandyCam camcorder with nightvision.
"If a witness reports a sighting more than one time or says somethingcrashed then we'll go out and stake out the area in case the craft comes back.Because if it does come back then we'll be ready," he told FoxNews.com.
The Geiger counter tests for radiation and the electromagnetic frequency(EMF) reader monitors different types of energy. Infrared cameras are veryhelpful during stakeouts, he said; they can see up to 300 feet in puredarkness.
"We'll usually park outside from about 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the morning," hesaid.
Gonzalez is part of a new National Geographic series called Chasing UFOs.A recent survey conducted by National Geographic finds that 80million Americans believe in UFOs.
"I have witnesses calling me -- law enforcement, doctors, lawyers, andmilitary personnel that have pictures that they have captured over Fresno," Gonzalez said.
Fresno lies at the bottom of the "NevadaTriangle" aregion that includes Area-51 and China Lake. Gonzalez says thisarea is similar to the Bermuda Triangle where many planes have disappearedwithout a trace over the last 50 years.
"There's a lot of military presence and there could possible be a lot of topsecret military craft flying over our skies," Gonzalez said.
According to the non-profit National UFO Reporting Center there are roughly5,000 UFO sightings reported each year. Gonzalez has people throughout the cityof Fresno whoserve as sky watchers. These people sit outside for hours watching the sky foranything out of the ordinary.