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October 14, 1954, Aramon, Gard:

Reference number for this case: 14-Oct-54-Aramon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Ufologists Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon noted in their 1979 catalogue that in Aramon in the department of Gard, on October 14, 1954 at 06:00, p.m., several children saw a "rocket" of elongated form pass by while producing sparkles. Adults confirmed the sighting.

These ufologists noted that all the observations at 6 p.m. that day obviously referred to an object at very high altitude, seen simultaneously from very distant places, which was probably a large meteor according to descriptions.

Just before, that same year 1979, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker claimed to have conducted an investigation and that the phenomenon was "small very fast bright spots, very short duration."

The case was later mentionned on the Web, deprived of its explanation.

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Aramon - 30 - About 6 p.m.: investigation. Small luminous dots very fast, very short duration."

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

The two authors indicate that in Aramon in the department of Gard, on October 14, 1954 at 06:00, p.m., several children saw a "rocket" of elongated form pass by while producing sparkles. Adults confirmed the sighting.

The authors note that all the observations at 6 p.m. that day obviously refer to an object at very high altitude, seen simultaneously from very distant places, which is probably a large meteor according to descriptions.

[Ref. lh1] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

4111: 1954/10/14 18:00 1 4:40:40 E 43:52:40 N 3333 WEU FRN GRD 5:9

ARAMON,GARD:4 TEENS+ADULTS:FLYING CIGAR EMITS SPARKS LIKE A FUSE:

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 166 : MOUNTAINS

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indique dans sa base de données que dans le Gard à Aramon le 14 octobre 1954 à 18:00 heures "Quatre jeunes gens aperçoivent un cigare volant 'comme une fusée allongée et brillante qui lâchait des étincelles dans sa suite '. Des adultes confirmèrent cette observation."

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

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Aramon France 18.00 NL

Explanations:

The 06:15 p.m. meteor that day.

Keywords:

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

Aramon, Gard, multiple, cigar, elongated, shining, rocket, sparks, trail

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 25, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.2 Patrick Gross April 17, 2019 Additions [lh1], Summary.

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