WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau found a metal monolith installed in a remote area of the southeastern desert.
- Authorities were perplexed on who could be responsible for building the tall metal object amid the red rock.
- People online speculated that the monolith was set up by aliens.
In a press release, the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau revealed that it found a metal monolith “installed in the ground” in the state’s southeastern desert.
The unusual, tall object standing amid the red rock was discovered by the DPS Aero Bureau officers conducting a bighorn sheep counting in the area together with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
The metal object was spotted while they were having an aerial inspection, Pilot Bret Hutchings told NBC affiliate KSL-TV.
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it,” Hutchings said.
“He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’,” adding that it was the “strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”
Officials immediately landed in the area to check out the object, the press release said.
“I’d say it’s probably between 10 and 12 feet high,” Hutchings told KSL-TV. “We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it.”
Authorities were clueless on who might built the monolith, but they noted that it was nothing but a work of art.
“We were thinking, ‘Is this something NASA stuck up there? … Are they bouncing satellites off it or something?,” Hutchings added.
The incident fueled some ‘out of this world’ theories on who built the metal artifact.
“This was definitely embedded by aliens,” one Twitter user wrote. Another user also tweeted: “I’m preferring it be aliens.”
“Of course he found that thing now. It’s 2020,” One person also noted. “Dude should have kept on flying. This is not the year man. Not the year.”
“As if 2020 has not been weird enough, we now [have] unexplained metal monoliths in barely accessible canyons!” another user poked fun.
Adding a comic relief in their press release, the DPS Aero Bureau said: “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from.”