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October 16, 1954, Saulieu, Côte-d'Or:

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


[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 Montididier", 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.



The two authors indicate that on saturday, October 16, 1954, at approximately 10 p.m., five inhabitants of Saulieu in the Côte-d'Or who were returning by car from Pouilly-in-Auxois and arrived in top of the "Côte du Bras de Fer" on the Road RN 6 at 3 kilometers of Saulieu, suddenly saw on the left of the road a violently illuminated ball followed by a phosphorescent yellow luminous trail, which rose vertically very quickly, and then moved in direction of the south at high speed.

By the time that the driver (female) had pulled up, the craft had disappeared behind a hill.

The two authors indicate that their sources are newspaper cliping and their personal file.


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

"Saulieu - 21 - At about 10 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.


The two authors indicate that in the department of Côte-d'Or, on October 16, 1954 at 10:00 p.m., five inhabitants of Saulieu were returning from Pouilly-in-Auxois by car.

Arrived at the top of the hill of the "Bras de Fer," on National Road 6, at 3 km of Saulieu, they suddenly saw, on the left of the road a ball violently illuminated followed by a very luminous yellow phosphorescent trail; which rose ground and dazed away vertically very quickly.

It moved in the direction of the south at high speed. When the driver had finished pulling up, the object had disappeared behind a hill.

They indicate that their source is Garreau and Lavier in "Face aux E.T" page 47.


In an article of October 22, 2000 headlined "The first UFO seen in Poncey-Sur-l'Ignon 46 years ago. Can it be believed?", this regional daily newspaper of Dijon summarized the events:

"Two days later, in the same small village, on Monday, October 4, at 19h30, Mrs. Fourneret, while she was going to close the shutters, saw, at 50 m, as posed at the top of a plum tree in the nearby field, a disc flattened at both ends which emitted a soft orange light. Frightened, Mrs. Fourneret took her baby and fleed at a neighbour's where they locked themselves up during an hour while waiting for their husbands. Armed with rifles and equipped with flashlights, the latter checked the location. They would discover a rectangular surface of 1,50m X 0,60m in the field, regularly weeded and the ground as rammed. On a ten meters circumference, in circle, lumps of earth were torn off then scattered. Oddly, the perennials plants such as the dandelions and the grass remained rooted. Two other inhabitants, who had not seen the machine, noted that the ground had been sucked up. During 4 years nothing grew in this place. Did the previous craft return and land, (which would explain the vacuum cleaning of the rectangular surface)? No one will never know! In this October 1954, other observations were made in the area: on 10 in Epoisse, on 11 in Lacanche, on the 14 in Meursanges, on the 16 in Saulieu."

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Côte d'or" in Saulieu on October 16, 1954 at 22:00 hours "Five inhabitants of Saulieu return by car from Pouilly-en-Auxois. Arrived in top of the coast of the "bras de fer", on the N6, at 3 km from Saulieu, they suddenly see on the left of the road, a violently illuminated ball followed by a luminous yellow phosphorescent trail which rises from the ground and slips by vertically very quickly. It moves in direction of the south at high speed. The time for the driver to stop; the machine had disappeared behind a hill."

La source est indiquée comme "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... par Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 14 October 1954 at 17:00 on the N6, near Saulieu, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness on a highway."

The source is indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[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 Saulieu France 17.00 NL
19541016 16.10.1954 Pouilly Auxois France 22.00 NL


The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m..


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

Saulieu, Pouilly-en-Auxois, Côte-d'Or, Bras de Fer, night, multiple, ball, luminous, yellow, phsphorescent, trail, landing, vertical, fast, car, road, hill, sphere


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

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross January 17, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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