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UFO abducts a car in North Dakota (video)

A recent video shows a car driving down a quiet street when, all of a sudden, a flash of light is seen and the car vanishes from sight.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, November 7 by user The Paranormal Frequency with the title, “UFO OVNI – Car Gets Abducted In Cavalier, North Dakota.” The only details provided with the video come from the video’s description that states, “A security camera in Cavalier, North Dakota caught this strange event that looks as though a car has been abducted by a UFO or something else?”

Cavalier's Main Street, the location shown in the video. (Credit: Google)
Cavalier’s Main Street, the location shown in the video. (Credit: Google)

In the video, the car is shown driving toward the camera. Although the video’s description refers to this camera as a security camera, it is actually a city-owned live webcam located on Main Street and 1st Avenue in Cavalier. As the car approaches the camera, a bright flash and a strange droning sound occur, then the car disappears.

Although there appear to be many who believe the authenticity of this video, there are many red flags indicating that this incredible video is a simple hoax.

A shot from Cavalier's live webcam. (Credit: City of Cavalier/EarthCam)
A shot from Cavalier’s live webcam. (Credit: City of Cavalier/EarthCam)

The first red flags are in the video’s title and description. Beginning the title with the words “UFO” and “OVNI,” which is the UFO equivalent in other parts of the world, suggests that the person who posted the video intended for the title to be sensational and wanted to attract attention. After all, there is no UFO/OVNI depicted in this video. Next, the poster added several keywords within the video’s description, including UFO, UFOs, UFO Sightings, and UFO Filmed, just to name a few. Again, the purpose of this is likely to attract viewers.

The YouTube channel on which this video was posted, The Paranormal Frequency, was just created on November 7, the day of the video’s upload. As of the date/time of this story, the channel only has one other video, which is titled, “UFO OVNI – Nephilim Alien Ghost Giant Caught On New Orleans Street Cam.” Again, notice the video features the words “UFO” and “OVNI” eventhough the video itself shows no UFO.

And The Paranormal Frequency hasn’t responded to any of the comments left on the North Dakota video. Instead, this user has posted comments containing links to other videos on YouTube: “UFO Caught During Live BBC News,” and “President Obama Shape Shifting Reptilian Proof (Reptilian Agenda).”

Looking at the North Dakota video, both the bright flash and the droning sound seem quite artificial. When looking at the moment the flash begins, there is no apparent source of the flash. Rather, all light sources appear to uniformly increase in intensity before the entire screen flashes white. This identical flash can be recreated with video editing software. Although some believe this would take an extremely skilled video editor with a million dollar budget and hours of time to create, I reproduced the effect to illustrate what basic editing skills and a couple minutes can easily accomplish.

Although the North Dakota video is not a definitive hoax, there is plenty of evidence making that possibility likely.

What are your thoughts? Does the video in question show an actual alien abduction, or is this just another lame hoax attempt? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below or by posting on the Open Minds Facebook page.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. my apologies to the submitter if im implying their deceit, but this is definitely a hoax.
    instead persevere. ufos do exist, perhaps you wish to be the very person to have undoubted evidence, hoaxes will only further you from ever being believed.

    for instance I saw one on my way to school some 41 years ago. me and a friend. went to where we thought it landed after school. to our surprise at the foot of a small town ski area was a 35 foot circle grass in the center and on the outside of the circle. we took photos of each other standing in the circle.
    the ring was approx. 4 inches in diameter, grass was untouched yet the circle was burnt completely to the soil. no ash , just simply black like a giant branding iron from the sky had created it.
    I was eleven, my mother passed away from long term battle with cancer when I was 15. the photos I took have never been viewed , no one in family knows what happened to them or the 126 format film they were taken on.
    except for I know what I saw that foggy morning and the circle we found I have no proof. to this day it frustrates me…… but I have no proof.
    just my memories and these very words.

    so do not lower your self to deciept it leads you away from ever being heard.

    good luck in finding the truth, I believe you are capable and so should you.
    sincerely yours Richard baril of meriden new hampshire

  2. I think you should be more responsible about what you share – anyone at all with a shred of common sense can see this is a fake. I think you sharing this is about traffic and not about getting important news or properly interesting items out to the community. Help us and apply your bullshit filter before you share rubbish like this 🙂

  3. If this were real at all, the first concern would be for the occupants of the car. It would be all over the news, at least locally, trying to figure whose car it was.

  4. The web is full of desk’perts who would tag this as being either real or fake just from one watch… which kind of puts the whole concept of UFO investigation out to pasture. Just the times in which we live.

  5. Not believing this one. If the flash was that bright, the street lights would have at least flickered, as they are typically on a sensor.

  6. I could easily duplicate this video in less than 5 minutes using Adobe After Effects. It’s pretty lame.

  7. This is the kind of video that will go viral, so it is my opinion that highlighting the red flags right from the start is a worthy article to publish. I am a big fan of Openminds and respect your professional opinions, finding hoaxes seems to be getting easier for you guys (and girls) with the knowledge and experience you have gained. I really would like to see a lot more articles about the UAP’s and contacts that absolutely cannot currently be disputed.
    Keep up the great work team.

  8. This is one of the shittiest fakes I’ve ever seen. Simply a pulsating white transition between two clips.


  9. It is truly disappointing when people continuously post fake shit. It is no wonder skeptics don’t take anything regarding ufo’s or aliens seriously.

  10. Way to add more credulity to the serious UFO debates by posing the question is obvious fakery real. Those that make this stuff do not realize the damage they are causing public disclosure. Your giving them air time is only adding to that problem. Being cute with desktop software is only keeping humanity in the stone ages, hope the giggles are worth it.

  11. Why was the demonstration video of how easy it is to produce a video like this taken down for copyright claims? How could someone possible claim you were violating copyright because you make a video to demonstrate the effect

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