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October 14, 1954, Le Cheylard, Ardèche:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Provençal for October 15, 1954, had apparently reported that in Le Cheylard, in the Ardèche department, exactly at 06:03 p.m., Mr. Fort, newspapers depository man, had discerned in the Ardèche sky, a "luminous red disc moving at a fantastic pace", heading south.

A German ufology database on the Web gives the date as October 14, 1954.

Reports:

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

DATE: 10/?/54

PLACE: Le Cheylard 07

WITNESS: M. Fort, newspapers depository man

HOUR: 06:03 p.m.

OBSERVATION: "It was exactly at 06:03 p.m. when Mr. Fort, a newspapers depositary man, discerned in the Ardèche sky, and heading south, a bright red disc moving at a fantastic pace."

SOURCE: Le Provençal for 15/10/1954

[Ref. ubk1:] "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 Le Cheylard France NL

Explanations:

I have very little doubts: this must have been the meteor of October 14, 1954, generally noted at 06:00 p.m. - 06:15 p.m., widely seen in the Rhone Valley that day.

Keywords:

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

Le Cheylard, Ardèche, night, luminous, red, disc, fast, Fort, south

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 26, 2017 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 28, 2019 Additions [ui1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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