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April 11, 1954, Messeix, Puy-de-Dôme:

Reference number for this case: 11-Apr-54-Messeix. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Méridional for April 12, 1954, reported the passage of a "mysterious machine" in the sky of the Puy-de-Dôme department.

From his garden, a resident of Messeix had seen on the night of April 11, 1954, in the sky, a "machine of elongated shape" moving at very high speed in the north-east direction.

The witness said that its passage was marked by a kind of explosion, while at its base several bright stars were scattered in various colors. Then "everything disappeared."

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A mysterious craft in the sky of the Puy-de-Dôme

Messeix. -- Whereas he was in its garden, an inhabitant of Messeix saw in the sky, last night, a machine of lengthened form which moved at very high speed in the north-eastern direction.

The passage of this machine was marked, from the statements of the witness, by a kind of explosion, while at its base several luminous stars with various colors were cast, then all disappeared.

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor explosion.

Keywords:

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

Messeix, Puy-de-Dôme, craft, night, elongated, fast, explosion, dispersion, stars, colors, disappearance

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross April 18, 2003 First published, [lm1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 31, 2011 First formal version. Correction of "Meisseix" in "Messeix" in several places. A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 24, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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