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The 1954 French flap:

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October 20, 1954, Dannes, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 20-Oct-54-Dannes. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In their Boulogne issue for October 22, 1954, the regional newspaper Nord-Matin reported an observation in Dannes, under the title "Was it a flying saucer?":

"Mr. Eugène Calon, masonry contractor, reports that he saw on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m., a globe of about thirty centimeters in diameter, giving the appearance of a lit lamp, after having remained 5 to 6 seconds without moving, it disappeared quickly, making a trail resembling an electric discharge. Mrs. Calon also saw this object which was at a great height, roughly above Pont-de-Briques. Other people, also trustworthy, confirmed to us the words of Mr. and Mrs. Calon."

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] "NORD-MATIN" NEWSPAPER:

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DANNES

Was it a flying saucer?

Mr. Eugène Calon, masonry contractor, reports that he saw on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m., a globe of about thirty centimeters in diameter, giving the appearance of a lit lamp, after having remained 5 to 6 seconds without moving, it disappeared quickly, making a trail resembling an electric discharge. Mrs. Calon also saw this object which was at a great height, roughly above Pont-de-Briques. Other people, also trustworthy, confirmed to us the words of Mr. and Mrs. Calon.

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor.

When a meteor "arrives" from the horizon, it may appear to stand still for a few seconds.

Keywords:

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

Dannes, Pas-de-Calais, Eugène Calon, mason, multiple, night, globe, sphere, luminous, motionless, fast, trail, electric, high, Pont-de-Briques

Sources:

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