On March 8, 1994, more than 100 Michigan residents witnessed something unexplainable hovering over the Great Lake. That night, countless people reported seeing mysterious lights in the sky that would occasionally split off and go in opposite directions or flash different colors as if part of a ship looking to land. Unsolved Mysteries volume 3, episode 2, “Something in the Sky,” explores this particular phenomenon, interviewing several key players and witnesses from that night.
One of the most compelling witnesses is meteorologist Jack Bushong. He tracked the “lights” via radar while working for the National Weather Service in Ottawa County. As a radar operator, Bushong managed to record the phenomena as it hovered in the sky in almost a perfect triangular shape.
At the time, Bushong was afraid to go public with his findings because the National Weather Service didn’t want to be known as a UFO hub, and Bushong became a joke among his co-workers. He was forced out of his job in Michigan altogether, accepting a new job with the NWS in Georgia.
Nowadays, UFO reports from the past are taken a little more seriously since the Pentagon released official intelligence reports on some of the government’s findings.
So Bushong felt confident participating in Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries and hopes that by providing his intel and experience, along with other eyewitnesses from that night, other people will come forward and share their personal stories from March 8, 1994. Perhaps someone will have the key that reveals exactly what those people saw in the sky.
Unsolved Mysteries: Have there been any updates on the suspected Michigan UFO case?
The new episode is up-to-date on the information available to us, and Netflix also released extra content that you can check out here. The files Netflix uploaded include a transcript of the 911 calls from the night of the alleged UFO sighting, a copy of the police report, Virginia Tilly’s (former Mutual UFO Network reporter) report, and more.
We still don’t know what the lights in the sky were, although it certainly seems like there was something up there that night; whether you believe it was an extraterrestrial UFO or not is another story.
In the episode, Jack Bushong said he’s been obsessed with this incident for decades and will likely continue trying to solve the mystery for the rest of his life, so perhaps one day we will have answers, and who knows?
Supersleuth u/VULCAN_WITCH shared a follow-up interview published in the Chicago Tribune in 1995 in a thread on the r/UnsolvedMysteries subreddit about the episode that could shed more light on the incident.
Leo Grenier, the National Weather Service director in Muskegon, said, “I don’t believe for a minute that it was any kind of alien structure; I think there is a fairly strong earthly explanation for what occurred.”
Interestingly, in the Unsolved Mysteries episode, Bushong said the NWS was trying to cover up the entire incident and sweep it under the rug so that their name didn’t become associated with UFO “kooks.” So perhaps Grenier just said that to save face.
But then he continued to say that he believes the Federal Aviation Administration knows what was going on that night and that he, Grenier, has a theory that conflicts with the idea of alien visitors. Not wanting to get in trouble, Grenier then said maybe he would reveal his thoughts once he retires.
“I think I know what it was, but I’m not going to tell you. Once I retire from the National Weather Service, I might tell somebody.”
Unfortunately, it appears that Grenier passed away in 2005.
What do you think about the supposed 1994 UFO sighting in Michigan? Unsolved Mysteries is now streaming on Netflix.