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SLIDESHOW: ‘UFO crash’ hits Olde Burien on April Fool’s Day

A ‘UFO crash’ event, with a 3-D crashed flying saucer and special flash mob was staged in Olde Burien on April Fool’s Day – Monday, April 1 –at the intersection of Southwest 152nd Street and 10th Avenue Southwest.

The free public event honored the 1947 UFO conspiracy event called “The Maury Island Incident,” and will also serve as a celebration for the upcoming local shooting of a film of the same name.

A Sighting after party was held immediately after the unveiling of the ‘crashed UFO’ in the Tin Room Bar.

The after-party included a costume competition with cash prizes for the Best Man in Black, Best Woman in Black and Best Alien ($500 prize each). In addition, there was a photo booth and signature cocktails from the Tin Room Bar including the Maurytini and the Man in Black & Tan.

The winners were Best Woman in Black costume, Monica Chirko; Best Men in Black costume, Gary Reed and the Best Alien(s) costume, - Emily Hametner, Armella Salle and Stephanie Wraith. All four women who won work at the 909 Restaurant.

“It was a really good time with the flash mob and costume contest,” said John White, executive producer of the upcoming film. “And we really hope this becomes an annual April Fool’s event in Burien.”

“The Maury Island Incident” will be a short film based on the true story of a man’s UFO sighting claim near Maury Island on June 21, 1947. This often-overlooked incident happened just two days before Ken Arnold’s Mount Rainier sighting, which spawned the phrase “flying saucers,” and 16 days before the infamous Roswell crash.

It also included what is considered by many experts to be the first “Men in Black” encounter. Filming is set to begin in June.

Of the film, Writer/Producer Steve Edmiston said, “This is a tragic story of what happens when you choose to tell the world something they won’t believe.”

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