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October 18, 1954, La Roupie, Pas-de-Calais:

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

Summary:

The local weekly newspaper L'Echo de la Lys, of Aire-sur-la-Lys, reported on October 22, 1954, that one of their fellow citizens, Mr. Robert Boon, of rue du Doyen, had seen an unusual atmospheric phenomenon:

Returning from Isbergues to Aire-sur-la-Lys by bicycle, "Monday" - therefore October 18, 1954 - and passing at 9:15 p.m. in the hamlets of La Roupie and La Lacque, he saw in the sky in the direction of Houleron and Thiennes, at a distance which he estimated at four kilometers, a luminous ball which made a dazzling lightning flash when the meteor touched the ground to vanish.

Mr. Boon had been alone on the road at this location and at that precise time. On returning home, still in a state of emotion, he explained to his relatives what he had seen, adding that following this appearance the dogs in the neighborhood had all started to bark.

At this hour, many people were still on the roads, but no other witness had yet come forward, according to the newspaper, who wondered wether some debris of the meteor may be found in the fields one day.

Reports:

[Ref. edl1:] NEWSPAPER "L'ECHO DE LA LYS":

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THE TALK OF THE WATCHER

METEOR, SAUCER, BALLOON, CIGAR OR LIGHTNING???

One of our fellow citizens, Mr. Robert Boon, living on rue du Doyen, has just been an eyewitness to an unusual atmospheric phenomenon.

Coming back from Isbergues to Aire by bicycle, Monday evening and passing by 9:15 p.m. in the hamlet of La Roupie and La Lacque, he saw in the sky in the direction of Houleron and Thiennes, at a distance which he estimated at four kilometers, a luminous ball which made a dazzling lightning flash when the meteor touched the ground to volatilize.

Mr. Boon was alone on the road at this location and at that precise time. On returning home, still in a state of emotion, he explained to his relatives what he had seen, adding that following this appearance the dogs in the neighborhood had all started to bark.

At this hour, many people are still driving on the roads and some would have noticed a gleam in the sky, but there has not yet been any other witness of this atmospheric phenomenon which, until now made himself known.

Perhaps we will find in the fields, sooner or later, traces or debris of the meteor?

Too bad, I was not at my railing at this time.

If I had known, obviously... Because since the time that I keep watch I have not yet had the chance to see one: a flying saucer...

THE WATCHER.

Explanations:

The 08:45 p.m. meteor of that day.

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Keywords:

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La Roupie, Pas-de-Calais, Robert Boon, Isbergues, Aire-sur-la-Lys, bicycle, La Lacque, Houleron, Thiennes, night, distant, ball, luminous, flash, meteor, dogs, barking, animals

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