On May 26, 1974, Terry Betz and his parents were inspecting the damage caused by a brush fire on their woodland property east of Jacksonville, Florida. They found nothing unusual at first, but as they were preparing to leave, Terry stumbled upon a strange, highly polished metal sphere. The mysterious orb measured 8 inches in diameter and had no markings on it, except for an elongated triangle embossed into its surface.
Initially, the Betz family thought they had found a fallen NASA or even Soviet satellite. They believed that the brush fire had been caused by the object falling from the sky but could not find an impact crater and the globe did not show any signs of heat damage.
They decided to keep the object as a souvenir, believing it was “an old fashioned cannon ball, which someone had silver plated.” Terry brought the sphere home and placed it on a table in his bedroom.
Two weeks later, Terry wanted to entertain a guest by playing his guitar. To their surprise, the orb reacted to the sounds. Moments after he started playing, the sphere started to “vibrate like a tuning fork” and it also emitted low-pitched sounds when certain notes were played. It must have also made some sounds inaudible to human ears because the family dog seemed deeply disturbed. Terry’s mother, Gerri Betz was quoted as saying: “There must be high frequency waves coming from it. When we put our poodle beside the ball, she whimpers and puts her paws over her ears.”
Over the next few days, the orb exhibited an even stranger behavior as if it were intelligently controlled. When pushed across the floor it would stop, vibrate and change direction several times, before returning at the feet of whoever first rolled it. The longest roll lasted for 12 whole minutes. When placed on an inclined coffee table it used its own momentum to spin up the incline, apparently violating the Newtonian laws of physics.
The peculiar sphere reacted to weather conditions; it exhibited signs of increased activity during sunny days as opposed to cloudy ones, as if it were somehow dependent on solar energy.
It would also sporadically emit vibrations and presented a small spot on its surface that was intensely magnetic.
The Betz family decided to find out more about their mysterious sphere when it began making loud noises and slamming doors in the dead of night. They handed it over for testing to the scientists at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Their initial attempts led to a dead end as their X-ray machines were not powerful enough to penetrate the sphere. They determined the sphere was made from a magnetic, nickel bearing stainless steel designed to withstand very high temperature and pressure.
Using a 300 kilovolt X-ray machine, the Navy determined the outer shell was one half inch thick and could resist up to 120,000 psi. Inside the sphere were two round objects surrounded by an unusually dense material. These objects generated four magnetic poles, two positive and two negative. While the orb exhibited strong magnetism, it did not show signs of radioactivity. The Navy wanted to cut it open but that’s when Gerri Betz put an end to the tests and demanded the sphere be returned.
Over the following months, several other institutions and private companies examined the sphere, arriving at the same head-scratching conclusion: they did not know what the object was but it clearly seemed to be made by intelligent beings using advanced materials.
The sphere has since disappeared from the media. Whether it’s still in the possession of the Betz family or it was reclaimed by its original owners–whoever they are–this mysterious object has to be one of the strangest documented allegedly alien devices.