In 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS to discuss his purported employment as a physicist from 1988-89 at S-4, allegedly located near Groom Lake, Nevada, at the location also known as Area 51. According to Lazar, S-4 served as a hidden military location for the study and possible reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial technology. Lazar says he saw nine different discs there and provided details on their mode of propulsion. When asked why he decided to do the interview, he said he wanted to share his work with the scientific community and felt the best way was to go public to insure himself against any mysterious sudden demise for exposing classified information.
In his interview, Lazar said he first thought the saucers were secret terrestrial aircraft whose test flights must have been responsible for many UFO reports. Gradually, on closer examination from having been shown multiple briefing documents, and boarding one craft and examining its interior Lazar came to the conclusion the discs were designed for space travel and not of human origin.
For the propulsion of the vehicles, Lazar claimed the atomic Element 115 served as a nuclear fuel. Element 115 (temporarily named “ununpentium”) reportedly provided an energy source which would produce anti-gravity effects under proton bombardment along with antimatter for energy production. As the intense strong nuclear force field of the element’s nucleus would be properly amplified, a large-scale gravitational effect would distort the surrounding space-time continuum and greatly shorten the distance to a charted destination.
Lazar also claims he was given introductory briefings describing the historical involvement by extraterrestrial beings with Earth for the past 100,000 years. The beings originate from the Zeta Reticuli 1 & 2 star system and are therefore referred to as Zeta Reticulans, popularly called ‘Greys’.
Lazar claims to have degrees from the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, his name does not appear on the alumni roll of either institution and yearbooks from that time contain neither photos or references to Lazar. In 1993, the Los Angeles Times investigated his background and found no evidence to support his claims. They also discovered he had pled guilty to felony pandering in 1990, when he installed a computer system for a local brothel, declared bankruptcy, and listed his occupation as a self-employed photo processor on documents.
Lazar claims to have worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories, but no record of his employment has been found, aside from a phone book directory of Los Alamos scientists which has been heavily disputed. His hospital birth records, college transcripts, and employment records, including those of his employment with Los Alamos National Laboratories and through EG&G have apparently been erased. Lazar claims his past identity has been ‘disappeared’ by the government for reasons of secrecy, but has been unable resolve these contradictions in his story.
Opinions are divided regarding whether Lazar’s knowledge of physics is credible. Many say he has a weak grasp of the scientific principles involved, but to the uneducated in the subject he appears to know what he is talking about.
In the year 2000, Lazar started United Nuclear, a scientific supply company selling a variety of research materials and chemicals. In 2006, Lazar and wife were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines following a federal investigation started in 2003. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on Lazar’s business where chemical sales records were examined. Lazar claimed that he mistakenly concluded he could legally sell the chemicals after finding incorrect information on the internet.
In 2007, United Nuclear was fined $7,500 for violating a law against selling chemicals and components used to make illegal fireworks. Lazar “pled guilty to three criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous substances.” Lazar also “entered into a consent decree that permanently limits the amount of future sales of fireworks-related chemicals, and United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies was placed on probation for three years.”
In 2015 Michael Pratt, a prolific researcher and ufologist, produced a technical white paper analysis of many of the claims made by Bob Lazar titled The Lazar Report (Fraud, Fiction and Fantasy at S4).