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End October, 1954, Anzin, Nord:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper Nord-Matin, in their Valenciennes ssue for October 23, 1954, had reported that "Thursday", therefore October 21, 1954, around 10 p.m., several people circulating avenue Anatole-France and arriving near the Roger Salengro square, had their attention drawn by luminous dots moving in the sky above the Housekeeping School, and seeming, at first glance, to be located quite far towards Cambrai.

The alarm was immediately given: a trembling North African went to look for the night duty officer, then the firefighters on duty in a cinema, so that a few minutes later, about fifty people observed this apparition, all believing in a group arrival of flying saucers. Some said they saw the saucers spinning at high speed, others said they were getting closer and closer; a firefighter protested against motorists who were driving with all their headlights on, etc...

After about ten minutes, one realized that it was a light that was reflected on the glass insulators placed at the top of a pylon of a high-voltage line.

After the emotion, the whole crowd laughed and went home thinking that "the invasion of the Roger-Salengro square by the Martians was not yet for this night!"

The local newspaper Le Courrier de Valenciennes reported on October 30, 1954, that in Anzin, at 10 p.m., a customer leaving the Sports Hall bar observed luminous discs in close formation flying over the household school. He alerted other consumers, who looked at the saucers that appeared to be immobilized. A frightened North African alerted police officers, and soon there were around 50 people gathered, exchanging comments. The firefighter at the Salon movue theater stopped the cars and had their headlights turned off.

After 10 minutes, eyes getting used to the darkness, one of the spectators saw the pylon of the high-voltage line whose glass insulators were 31 meters above the ground, and soon the saucers were explained: it was simply a lamp located on the ground whose lighting reached the insulators which weakly reflected this glow.

Reports:

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

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The flying saucers
were just insulators
of a high power line

Thursday, around 10 p.m., several people circulating on avenue Anatole-France and arriving near the Roger Salengro square, had their attention attracted by luminous dots moving in the sky above the Ecole Ménagère and seeming, at first glance, be located quite far towards Cambrai.

The alert was immediately sounded: a trembling North African went to get the night duty officer, then the firefighters on duty in a cinema, so that a few minutes later, fifty people watched this apparition and all believed in a group of flying saucers! Immediately, the reflections went on, some people declared that they saw the saucers spinning at high speed, others said that they were approaching more and more; a firefighter protested indignantly against motorists who were driving with all their headlights on, etc...

It was about ten minutes later that one realized that it was quite simply a light reflection acting on the glass insulators placed at the top of a pylon of a high power line.

The laughter followed the emotion, and everyone withdrew saying that the invasion of the place Roger-Salengro by the Martians was not yet for this night!

 

[Ref. ipc1:] NEWSPAPER "L'INDEPENDANT DU PAS-DE-CALAIS":

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The expected detail (???)
on the flying saucers

The braided "Martian"
spoke "russian"

A worker from Saint-Rémy (Vosges), Mr. L. Ujvari, 40 years old, has just told the gendarmes of Raon-l'Etape that he had been arrested on the road by a tall, medium-sized stranger, dressed in a gray jacket, adorned with shiny badges on the shoulders.

The man spoke an unknown language. Mr. Ujvari, a Czech national, tried to speak Russian. His interlocutor understood this perfectly. "Where am I, he asked, in Italy or Spain?" He then inquired about the distance between him and the German border, and the time. The worker having indicated to him that it was approximately 3:30 a.m., the man took out of his jacket a watch, which marked 4 o'clock in the morning.

The craft was 1.50 m high and 2.50 m. wide. It was shaped like two plates overturned against each other, from which a sort of periscope emerged.

Mr. Ujvari said the stranger was wearing a helmet similar to that of a motorcyclist. He was holding a revolver in his hand.

His last word to Mr. Ujvari was "farewell" in Russian.

WAR OF THE WORLDS

A false alarm had worried many people who believed... in an invasion of "Martians."

It was around 10 p.m. when a few strollers on avenue Anatole-France saw bright spots in the sky.

A person, seized with fright, gave the alarm to the police station, while firefighters on duty in a cinema, rushed to the cries uttered in the street by the witnesses of the strange appearances.

The saucers went faster and faster and led a hellish round, to the great excitement of the patients who expected their landing. A firefighter prevented motorists from driving with their headlights on, so as not to serve as a landmark for the "Martians".

Ten minutes later, one realized that they were light reflections on glass insulators placed at the top of a pylon of a high-voltage power line.

[Ref. cdv1:] JOURNAL "LE COURIER DE VALENCIENNES" NEWSPAPER:

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Alert in Anzin

Saucers above
the square

It was 10 p.m. when a customer leaving the Sports Hall observed luminous discs in close formation flying over the housewife school. He alerted other consumers who looked at the saucers that appeared to be immobilized. A North African trembling with fear rushed to warn the police station officers, soon about fifty people were gathered. In front of the... danger the fireman of the Salon cinema stopped the cars and turned off the headlights and each expressed his opinion: one said "they are at least above Cambrai", another immediately replied "Impossible, I see they are turning."

After 10 minutes, the eyes getting used to the darkness, one of the spectators saw the pylon of the high-voltage power line whose glass insulators are located 31 meters from the ground. Soon the mystery of the saucers was solved.

It was simply a lamp located on the ground, the lighting of which reached the insulators which weakly reflected this glow.

One laughed about it ... afterward.

Explanations:

Negative case, lamp reflection on power insulators.

Carte

Keywords:

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

Anzin, Nord, negative case, misinterpretation, insulators, reflections, lamp, multiple, police, fireman, saucer, motionless

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 30, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 30, 2020 Addition [nmn1]. In the Summary, addition of the nformation from [nmn1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 4, 2020 Addition [ipc1].

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