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October 22, 1954, Anzin, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 22-Oct-54-Anzin. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The national newspaper France-Soir for October 24-25, 1954, reported the story of an invasion of imaginary Martians in Anzin on October 22, 1954:

Around 10 p.m., some walkers on the Avenue Anatole France saw "bright spots" in the sky. One of them, seized with fear, gave the alarm to the police station, while firefighters on duty at a movie theater came running at the shouting by the witnesses in the street.

The "saucers" went faster and faster and led an infernal round to the excitement of passersby who expected their landing. A firefighter even prevented motorists from driving with their headlights on.

Ten minutes later, it was found that the "saucers" were light reflections on glass insulators placed at the top of the pylon of a high-voltage power line.

Reports:

[Ref. fs1:] "FRANCE-SOIR" NEWSPAPER:

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Invasion of... imaginary Martians in Anzin

VALENCIENNES, October 23 (A.F.P). - The "War of the Worlds" has not occurred in Anzin, where many people believes the other night, in an invasion of Martians.

It was about 10 p.m. when some walkers circulating on the Anatole France avenue saw "luminous dots" in the sky. A person seized with fear, gave the alarm to the police station, while firefighters, on duty in a movie theater, flocked to the cries of witnesses in the street.

The saucers were going faster and faster and led a hellish round at the great excitement of passersby who expected their landing. A firefighter even prevented motorists to drive with their headlights on.

Ten minutes later, it was discovered that it was luminous reflections on glass insulators placed at the top of the mast of a high voltage power line.

The "hairy Martian" of Loctudy (Finistère) was a savant goat!

BREST, October 23 ("France-Soir" telegram). -- The mystery of the hairy Martian of Loctudy (Finistère) is finally solved. And the bakery worker who, at night, was followed in the courtyard of the bakery by a being with a face covered in hair and enormous eyes, recovered from his emotions, as well as the people of the town. The Martian was a learned goat belonging to a circus passing in the area and it had wandered into the yard of the baker.

  • A HUGE FIREBALL arrested in Criteuil (Charente) the car of Mr. Fillonneau M., mason. The witness who had felt "a violent gust of air" found that the battery was discharged and the bulbs of his headlights were burned out.
  • A LUMINOUS STOVE PIPE was observed by the country guard of Montboubert near Abbeville, Mr. Fernand Poirel.
  • A CIGAR LIGHTER, which is then divided into three, was seen by many, many people in Schleswig (Germany).

Explanations:

Confusion, power line insulators.

Keywords:

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

Anzin, Nord, multiple, police, firemen, panic, city, night, pylon, insulators

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross September 18, 2014 First published. [fs1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 3, 2018 Addition of the Summary.

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