At around 2:45 a.m., George O'Barski was driving home through North Hudson Park, NJ, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, when static filled his radio. Leaning forward to fiddle with the dial, he noticed a light to his left. A quick glance, followed by an astonished stare, revealed its source, a dark, round object with vertical, brilliantly lit windows. It was heading in the same direction as the car and emitted a humming sound. He slowed down for a better view. The UFO entered a playing field and hovered a few feet off the ground. A panel opened between two windows, and a ladder emerged. Seconds later about 10 identically clad little figures, wearing white one piece outfits, with hoods or helmets that obscured their facial features, came down the ladder.
Each figure dug a hole in the soil with a spoon like device and dumped the contents into a bag each carried. The figures then rushed back into the ship, which took off toward the north. The entire incident had lasted less than 4 minutes.
Months later O'Barski confided the story to a long time customer and acquaintance, Budd Hopkins, who was interested in UFOs. Hopkins & fellow investigators subsequently found independent witnesses who verified the presence of a brightly lit UFO in the park at the time of O'Barski's sighting, although only O'Barski was close enough to see the entities. One witness, a doorman at an apartment complex bordering the park, said that as he watched the object, he heard a high pitched vibration, and the lobby window broke just as the UFO departed.