Chapter 5-3: Alien Invasion

Not be to out done, Socorro has its own alien invasion story, that made national headlines. On April 24, 1964, patrolman Lonnie Zamora was in hot pursuit of a speeding vehicle when he heard an explosion, which he thought sounded like a stick of dynamite. He stopped chasing the speeder and went to investigate. He turned down a gravel road alongside a small arroyo and radioed in that he was going to check it out. Zamora says he saw a large egg-shaped object supported by legs and the presence of beings either children or small adults when a loud roar and flash of bluish flames sent him to the ground for cover. He heard a whirring sound and watched the object rise out of the narrow arroyo, and the legs he had seen earlier were no longer in view.

Inscription in wall to left of the painting says “Southwest of this location, one of the best documented UFO sightings in U.S. history was witnessed by City of Socorro Police Officer, Lonnie Zamora”

Shortly after this he was joined by State Police Sgt. Sam Chavez and the two men searched for clues, and so began Socorro's own extraterrestrial event that has since been chronicled and analyzed by UFO experts around the world. The location of the site has probably since been covered up by a new housing addition built in the early 1980s. In fact, I may well be living on the landing site of the UFO.