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Strange boxes spark UFO rumors

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2012

A fiberglass-covered wood-framed dock float rests on the beach near Florence. It's one of many that showed up on south coast beaches within the past two weeks, and became the focus of a series of online articles by Dave Masko, a Florence-based freelance writer. Masko described them as immovable metal boxes and linked them to a reported UFO sighting at Bray's Point and Stonefield Beach a couple of miles south of Cape Perpetua. Marine debris experts have since identified them as a pier float that likely broke loose and washed out to sea during the January storm. (Courtesy photo by Bob Sneddon/KCST Coast Radio News)
The previously unexplained appearance of "dozens" of "unmovable metal boxes" on beaches along the Oregon coast, including Bray's Point south of Waldport and Stonefield Beach South of Yachats had the Internet buzzing with rumors of government black helicopters and UFO sightings. The reality turned out to be a bit more mundane.

After a careful study that included photos and up-close examinations of the mystery boxes, marine science experts and others have determined that they are - drum roll, please - wood-framed, fiberglass-covered dock floats.

For the complete article see the 02-22-2012 issue.

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