Fact Check: UFO In Shape Of Pyramid Was NOT Seen Over The Pentagon In 2018

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  • by: Marlo Lee

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: UFO In Shape Of Pyramid Was NOT Seen Over The Pentagon In 2018 Artwork

Did witnesses capture footage of a UFO over the Pentagon in December 2018? No, that's not true: A spokesperson at the Pentagon described the claim by telling Lead Stories, "This appears to be a hoax. There were no reports of unusual activity at the Pentagon for the date claimed in the alleged sighting." An artist who was credited with creating the images said in a tweet in 2019 it was "for the purpose of opening a conversation."

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on July 31, 2019. It opens:

12/19/18 - The Pentagon, Washington DC: A Triangular / Pyramid UFO was captured from at least 3 different perspectives over the D.O.D. last December.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu May 19 15:34:57 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories' research turned up a message board post on projectavalon.net that said it was artwork created by a CGI artist.

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That artist is Adyor Vanderlei. Vanderlei claimed ownership on Twitter of what appeared to be possibly CGI images, and he noted that "Volta Seven Studios" helped with the creation. The tweet read:

When Lead Stories reached out to Vanderlei for this story, he responded by email on May 19, 2022, saying he had "lied" earlier. "I DID NOT make this on cgi ... I have nothing to do with this," Vanderlei said.

Lead Stories was not able to definitively determine the source of the images through internet searches.

Lead Stories reached out to the Pentagon, where a spokesperson said in a May 19, 2022, email that the images appear to be a hoax. The spokesperson added, "There were no reports of unusual activity at the Pentagon for the date claimed in the alleged sighting."

Updates:

  • 2022-05-19T21:11:09Z 2022-05-19T21:11:09Z
    This story has been updated with a response from the Pentagon and artist Adyor Vanderlei.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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