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October 18, 1954, Ancy, Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Ancy. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the 1990's, ufologist and author Jean Sider discovered this case in the newspaper Le Républican Lorrain of October 21, 1954, the case being located as Ancy, Jouy-aux-Arches, the Moselle department, October 18, 1954 towards 05:00 P.M.. Jean Sider provides the contents of the newspaper's article as follows:

"Several inhabitants of Jouy-aux-Arches confirmed to have seen Monday from 04:30 P.M. to 05:00 P.M., appearing posed at md height above Ancy, a dazzling sphere of white color, whose glare disappears gradually while changing color: red then blue, and finally green. It became a simple luminous point, and this phenomenon got under way slowly towards the south."

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Ufologist and author Jean Sider discovered this case in the newspaper "Le Républican Lorrain" of October 21, 1954, the case being located as Ancy, Jouy-aux-Arches, the Moselle department, October 18, 1954 towards 05:00 P.M.. Jean Sider provides the contents of the newspaper's article as follows:

"Several inhabitants of Jouy-aux-Arches confirmed to have seen Monday from 04:30 P.M. to 05:00 P.M., appearing posed at md height above Ancy, a dazzling sphere of white color, whose glare disappears gradually while changing color: red then blue, and finally green. It became a simple luminous point, and this phenomenon got under way slowly towards the south."

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

4194: 1954/10/18 16:30 30 6:18:00 E 48:58:00 N 3333 WEU FRN MSL 6:9

ANCY++,FR:SVRL OBS:GLARING ORB OVR TOWN:DIMS+CHANGES CLRS:>>S:/r217p113

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 113 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. bl1:] "BLL ARCHIVES" WEBSITE:

UFO wave in Metz and its region

Comments »0

Spheres, luminous cones or cigars, discharging of batteries, dancing colors, etc., between the 1st and the 21st of October 1954, some twenty testimonies and observations of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) were collected in the Moselle, the more particularly in the communes of Vergaville, Bidestroff, Kerprich, Guébling, Morsbach, Moncourt, Saint-Avold, Saint-Quirin and Jouy-aux-Arches.

Explanations:

Possible balloon or military drill flare.

Keywords:

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

Ancy, Moselle, Jouy-aux-Arches, multiple, slow, south, ball, orb, dazzling, point, green, red, blue

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 6, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross Fabruary 11, 2017 Additions [bl1].
1.2 Patrick Gross January 21, 2019 Additions [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Possible balloon or astronomical."

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