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July 17, 1954, Istres, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 17-July-54-Istres. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. jg2:] ERIC BIDDLE - JIMMY GUIEU:

On Saturday, July 17th, on the road to Istres, a textile merchant and his wife were cruising along in their little van at some 100 km an hour. All at once, the driver noticed, at a slight distance from the windscreen, a strange bluish light. Then everything happened in a flash!

Did the bluish light reach the windscreen, or did it emanate from it, in immediately preceding the incident proper? Impossible to say. The fact is, that after the appearance of this mysterious light the windscreen flew into splinters. The driver braked hard and stopped. At the same time as the windscreen splintered, a strange whitish mist, an impalpable but sharply defined cloud, formed in the van. The driver's wife felt an inexplicable heat envelope her bust. A kind of uniform pressure pressed her nylon blouse to her skin; we must emphasize that neither the wind nor the surrounding warm air had any part in this phenomenon.

Imagine this business lady's astonishment on discovering, immediately after experiencing this strange sensation that her white nylon blouse had become straw yellow!

[Ref. cf1:] C. W. FITCH:

"On Saturday, July 17, on the road to Istres, a textile merchant and his wife were cruising along in their littie van at some 100 k.m. an hour. All at once the driver noticed at a slight distance from the windshield, a strange bluish light. Theen everything happened in a flash!

Did the bluish lighit reach the windshield, or did it emanate from it, immediately preceding the invident proper?

Impossible to say. The fact is, that after the appearance of this mysterious light the windshield flew into splinters. The driver braked hard and stopped. At the same time as the windshield spintered, a strange whitish mist, an impalable but sharply defined cloud, formed in the van. The driver's wife felt an inexplicable heat envelope her bust. A kind of uniform pressure pressed her nylon blouse to her skin; we must emphasize that neither the wind nor the surrounding warm air had any part in this phenomenon.

Imagine this business lady's astonishment on discovering, immediately after experiencing this strange sensation, that her white nylon blouse had become straw yellow."

[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
19540717 17.07.1954 Istres France

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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Istres, Bouches-du-Rhône, couple, car, van, blue, light, windshield, parebrisite, effects, mist, white

Sources:

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Document history:

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