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October 11, 1954, Nîmes, Gard:

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

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.).

Whereas 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 zigzagant 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 French ufologists report that on October 11, 1954, at aproximately 06:00 p.m., a police officer observed a craft with metallic reflections, in the direction of the city of Montpellier. It seemed to be compsed of cigars one on top of another, and it disappeared very quickly.

The authors indicate that the source is "Le Provençal, 10/13/1954."

[Ref. go1:] GODELIEVE VAN OVERMEIRE:

Godelieve van Overmeire indicates that in 1954, 11 octobre, in France, in Nîmes, at about 6 p.m. a police officer observed a craft with metallic reflections, in the direction of the city of Montpellier. It seemed to be compsed of cigars one on top of another, and it disappeared very quickly.

The source is given as "M. FIGUET/ J.L. RUCHON: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet..." Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979, p. 151."

[Ref. tg1:] THIERRY GAULIN, OVNI-LANGUEDOC:

1954 in the Hérault:

[...]

On the 11th, [...], while in Nîmes, a police officer reports to have seen a metallic U.F.O. rush in the direction to Montpellier.

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indique que le 11 octobre 1954, at 06:00 p.m., a police officer observed a craft with metallic reflections, in the direction of the city of Montpellier. It seemed to be compsed of cigars one on top of another, and it disappeared very quickly.

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

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 11 October 1954, at 18:00, in Nimes, France, there was a police incident with a metallic object flying toward Montpellier, that looked like stack of cigars.

The website comments that an "unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One metallic object, about 5 feet across, was observed by one witness (as reported to the police) in a city. Seven beings were seen."

The source are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Bowen, Charles, The Humanoids: FSR Special Edition No. 1, FSR, London, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Schoenherr, Luis, Computerized Catalog (N = 3173); Delaire, J. Bernard, UFO Register Volume 7 (1976), Data Research, Oxford, 1976; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. rb1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on October 10, 1954, a "pile of flying cigars" was observed by a peacekeeper in the country of Nîmes. Around 6 pm, he was quietly in his garden in the Mas de Boudan district, when a metallic craft appeared in the direction of Montpellier. He told reporters that he saw a pile of 4 or 5 cigars, the smallest of which was on the top. After a moment "the strange UFO disappeared into the sky at great speed" leaving the peacekeeper in a state of great emotion.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Nimes, Gard, police, craft, metallic, cigar, cigars, pile, piled, fast, anonymous, Montpellier

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 7, 2004 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 18, 2008 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [go1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 20, 2008 Addition [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 26, 2017 Addition [rb1].

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