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The 1954 French flap:

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November 20, 1954, Laize-la-Ville, Calvados:

Reference number for this case: 20-Nov-54-Laize-la-Ville. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Author Jean Sider found this case in the local newspaper Les Nouvelles de Falaise for November 25, 1954, the case being dated November 20, 1954, the place given as Laize-la-Ville, Thury-Harcourt, in the department of Calvados.

The article stated that a teacher at the Caen Conservatory of Music, Mr. Bex, drove in a car when he was arrested by a 15-year-old resident of Boulon, whose name is not given by the newspaper, who told him that a moment ago he saw a huge spinning top, which was lit in red and crossed the road at ground level.

Mr. Bex stated that the young man seemed sincere and said he had not seen the phenomenon itself.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider found this case when he discovered an article of the newspaper "Les Nouvelles de Falaise" of Falaise, on page 2, for November 25, 1954, the case being dated of November 20, the location given as Laize-la-Ville, Thury-Harcourt, in the department of the Calvados.

The article indicated that a professor of the Academy of Music of Caen, Mr. Bex, was driving when he was stopped by a teenager of about fifteen years old, resident of Boulon, whose name is not given by the newspaper, which told him to have seen a few moment earlier an enormous spinning top which rotated, which was glowing in red and had crossed the road at the level of the ground. Mr. Bex stated that the young man seemed sincere. Mr. Bex specified that he had not seen the phenomenon himself.

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

4410: 1954/11/20 21:10 1 0:25:00 W 49:05:00 N 3333 WEU FRN CLV 6:5

LAIZE-la-VILLE,FR:BOY/15:HUGE TOP-SCR CROSSES ROAD/GND LVL:ROTATES:GLOWS RED

Ref#217 Jean SIDER: Le DOSSIER 1954 (2 vol.) Page No. 132 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 20 November 1954 at 21:10 in Laize-la-Ville, France, "15-yr-old boy sees huge top-shaped saucer cross road at near ground level. Rotates, glows red." "An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One red top-shaped object, of huge size, was observed by one male 15-year-old witness on a road for over one minute."

The source is indicated as "Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002".

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Nov. 20, 1954 - At 9:10 p.m. a 15-year-old boy in Laize-la-Ville, Calvados, France saw a huge top-shaped saucer cross the road at near ground level. It was rotating and glowed red. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 132).

Explanations:

One would surely smile at this affair with its anecdotal character; however, it does not have a solid explanation, and will probably never get one.

Of course it could have been a meteor, the Sun, the Moon, an airplane, etc. etc.

Keywords:

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

Laize-la-Ville, Calvados, anonymous, young, spinning top, rotation, low, red, luminous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 19, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 30, 2018 Addition [lh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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