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October 10, 1954, Neyrac-les-Bains, Ardèche:

Reference number for this case: 10-Oct-54-Neyrac-les-Bains. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Provençal for October 13, 1954, reported that on Sunday, October 10, 1954, between 6:30 and 7:00, a dozen people from Neyrac-les-Bains, Le Barutel, and Le Crouzet, saw a large ball of fire which came out of the Lignon valley, crossed the sky in the direction South-East towards North-East with a faster speed than that of a fast plane, to disappear between the hill and the "Serre de Sainte-Marguerite."

"The unidentified flying object" followed a rectilinear trajectory but was as agitated by jolts. The moon, at this moment, lit up the sky, which made a 4-year-old girl, G. Blachère, say in amazement: "Oh, mom, there are two moons in the sky!"

Although this was an obvious description of a meteor, the case was entered as "unidentified" in the Figuet and Ruchon catalog in 1979, and then appeared on the Web.

Reports:

[Ref. lp1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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"THEY" DO NOT GO ALONE ANYMORE...

A stack of flying cigars seen by a police officer of Nîmes

Nîmes (C.P.).

As he was in his garden, district of the Mas de Boudan, a policeman of Nimes, Mr. C..., saw Monday, around 6 p.m., in the direction of Montpellier, a craft with metallic reflections and having an extremely odd form.

"You would have said, he stated to us, a pile of cigars - four or five - of different size, the smallest being above." Suddenly, the quadrilateral machine from where escaped red gleams on a side, orange gleams on the other side, disappeared suddenly, to the great relief of Mr. C..., who admitted to us the emotion felt at the sight of this appearance.

A "CIGAR" ON LA GINESTE?

"It was certainly neither a jet, nor a helicopter", thus spoke yesterday evening in our offices Mr. A.D..., who lives 11, street Lafayette, in Marseilles. And Mr. A.D..., whose attention had been drawn by a ten of cars stopped at the top of Gineste, continued: "the drivers and occupants of these cars will be able to tell you, the machine which had a shape [illegible] the late hour (it was 06:15 p.m. and the sun was hidden since a quarter of an hour). It left behind itself a white trail and moved while zigzagging vertically. It disappeared, after one minute of maneuvers."

On the Ardèche
"OH! MUMMY THERE ARE TWO MOONS IN THE SKY"

Sunday October 10, between 06:30 and 7 hours, a dozen people of Neyrac, Barutel, Crouzet saw a large ball of fire which, coming out of the valley of the Lignon, crossed the sky in direction S.-E. - N.-E. with a speed higher than that of a fast plane to disappear between the hill and the "Serre de Sainte-Marguerite". The "unidentified flying object" carried out a rectilinear trajectory but was like agitated of sudden starts. The moon, at this time, lighted the sky, which made a little girl, G. Blachère (aged 4), say in awe: "Oh! mummy, there are two moons in the sky!"

It is the second appearance of the phenomenon in Neyrac, the first being in 1951.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 10, 1954 at 06:30 in Neyrac-les-Bains in the department of Ardèche, witnesses observed a large ball of fire outgoing the valley of Lignon, with a speed higher than that of a jet plane.

The authors indicate that their source is Le Provençal for October 13, 1954.

[Ref. ui1:] "U.F.O. INFORMATIONS" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

DATE: October 10, 1954

PLACE: Neyrac-les-Bains (Ardèche)

HOUR: 6:30

OBSERVATION: Witnesses observed a large ball of fire coming out of the Lignon valley, with a speed greater than that of a jet plane.

SOURCES: Le Provençal for 10/13/1954

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Ardeche in Meyras" on October 10, 1954 at 06:30 hours, "In Neyrac les Bains, the witnesses observe a large ball of fire outgoing the valley of the Lignon, with a speed higher than that of a jet plane."

The source is indicated as "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979".

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on the morning of October 10, 1954, in Ardèche between 6 am. 30 and 4 hours, a dozen people from Neyrac-les-Bains, Barutel and Crouzet observed a "big ball of fire" that came out of the valley of the Lignon, across the sky from the South-East to the North -It is at a higher speed than that of a military aircraft.

After a few seconds, the strange object disappeared between the hill and the place called "Le Serre de Sainte-Marguerite". The trajectory was rectilinear but seemed to be jolting. A little girl told her mother, "Oh, Mom, there are two moons in the sky!" at the sight of this strange ballet.

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Neyrac-les-Bains, Ardèche, ball, fire, fast, multiple, moon, rectilinear, shaky, luminous

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 31, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 18, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 29, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Addition [rb1].
1.3 Patrick Gross April 20, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.4 Patrick Gross April 24, 2019 Addition [ui1].

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