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OCTOBER 16, 1954, AMIENS, SOMME:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Amiens. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montdidier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.

[...]

The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.

[...]

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

The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Amiens - 80 - 09:15 p.m.: no investigation. Obvious description of a fireball."

Further in their book, they claim that "the few serious investigators" who had admitted the fact that it was a meteor which had generated this type of observations were the technicians of the scientific office of the Air Force.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Somme in Amiens on October 18, 1954 at 21:00 hours "a witness observes close to the citadel a sphere of fire going down vertically and at a very high speed. This lasted a few seconds. Then various colors appeared according to the witness and all dies out suddenly. There was another witness of the phenomenon."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

Explanations:

The 09:30 p.m. meteor that day.

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Amiens, Somme

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0.1 Patrick Gross March 15, 2003 First published.
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