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UFOs came from outer space. Widespread confusion was followed by outrage and controversy. In other countries, reactions were similar. Quito, Ecuador without announcement, as if it were a major piece of breaking news. Huge crowds of people emerged onto the streets and sought refuge inside churches with their families. When the radio station was informed of this, its announcers broadcast the fact that no invasion was happening.
An angry mob formed and burned the station to the ground, causing between six and twenty deaths. Keyhoe was one of the first significant conspiracy theorists, asserting eventually that the saucers were from outer space and were on some sort of scouting mission. Keyhoe claimed to derive his theory from his contacts in Air Force and Navy intelligence. US government was lying about UFOs and covering up information that should be shared with the public.