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September 23, 1954, Moussoulens, Aude:

Reference number for this case: 23-Sep-54-Moussoulens. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

The author indicates that on September 23, 1954, at 03:00, Mr. Rouzeaud, aged 42, just left Moussoulens, to fetch a friend coming from Marseilles at the Carcassonne station, driving his "Traction Avant" car on the National Road 269, and entered a curve of the road when he saw posed in the full middle of the road an object he was unable to identify.

The place is at the level of "Les Pépinières de Bernardo" in an area called "Le Pays de Camas de Pezens", at 2 km from Moussoulens, at the crossroads of RN269 and RN113.

Mr. Rouzeaud approached thinking some vehicle was blocking the road and came at 10 meters of the object. He stopped the car and got out to check what it was, and distinguished a small human shape seeming to come out of the object; it is said that the figure resembled a "small haystack" or a "half-egg".

Mr Rouzeaud asked this figure if it needed help, he gets no answer, he approached more but the figure, who was possibly wearing a cape and whose face was not clearly visible, pushed him back with one hand while uttering words in a language Mr. Rouzeaud was unable to understand.

The figures made gestures at Mr. Rouzeaud meaning that he should not touch the object and that he should step back. He then, still by gestures, points at the moon and at its apparatus, repeatedly, and Mr. Rouzeaud deduced that the figure meant that it will come back at the next moon.

A second UFO occupant then emerged from the object, described as having a height of 1.30 to 1.35 meters, its face not being distinguished either.

Immediately, the two figures enter the object, the witness being unable to tell how. The witness believed that the apparatus will then be parked at the edge of the road, but instead, he first hears a noise similar to that of a flock of birds, and sees the object rise up to a height of about 200 meters, then go to the north "as fast as an arrow."

Mr. Rouzeaud then went back to his car, wondering if he had been dreaming.

Jean Sider indicates that the investigation by François Taset and Jean-Claude Baillon revealed that Mr. Rouzeaud first said nothing about that for fear of ridicule, but 15 days later, while picking up the grapes at his father's vineyard, he told it to the latter, who did not believe in flying saucers, and then, the whole village knew about it.

Jean Sider specifies that Mr. Rouzeaud claimed to have found an object on the road well after the object had gone, apparently several days after the sighting, and that he gave this object to a shoe reseller called Mr. Alary, of Carcassonne, who was with one Mr. Rives, in order to have to object analyzed.

This object is described by Jean Sider as "not larger than a chesnut", with a smooth top as if it had been varnished, of the color of earth, and resisting to an attempt to open it with a knife.

Mr. Alary allegedly claimed that the chemists contacted to analyze this object were unable to identify its composition, and it is claimed that when Mr. Rouzeaud asked for the object, he did not get it because it was said to have been sent to Paris for further analysis. Jean Sider indicates that Mr. Rives was a bar owner in Carcassonne at the time, who moved to Perpignan in 1967, and that Mr. Rouzeaud, who sold used car, was a close friend of his as he conducted business in Mr. Rives' bar. Jean Sider indicates that it seems that it was this Mr. rives who asked Mr. Rouzeau to go back to the sighting's location to look for evidence.

Jean Sider indicates that the investigators visited Mr. Alary in Carcassonne on October 13, 1968, and learned that Mr Alary's son Jean first claimed he knew nothing about it, seemingly embarrassed, then said that he investigated in 1954 but that the details of the affaire were "lost in the fog of time". He then admitted that he got the object, but that it was an ordinary piece of iron, that "the laboratory in Paris" had sent an analysis report but did not return the object.

Jean Sider indicates that the investigators concluded that the sighting was true, that they sent their report to the ufology group GEPA for publishing but for some reason GEPA did not do that.

Jean Sider indicates that the source of the above is the Alain Gamard File, quoting the OBRIS-OVNI Bulletin #1 for 1969 and quoting the GEOS International bulletin #2 for September 1969 pp 5-11.

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

Encounters with Aliens On this Day

September 23

[...]

1954 - At three o'clock in the morning an ovoid-shaped UFO was sighted on Highway N269 in Moussoulens, France. Two human-looking occupants exited the craft, gestured, then re-entered it and the object took off, flying to the north. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3617; Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 166).

[...]

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Aude in Pezens on September 23, 1954 at 03:00 hours "The drives on the D629 coming from Moussoulens to go to Carcassonne. Suddenly about halfway between the way gooing to the place called La Cammas and the crossroads with the N113 his vehicle is blocked by an odd mass in the form of a half of an egg placed in the middle of the roadway. He stops his vehicle within ten meters of the object and goes out. He then sees a human shape of average size which appears to emerge from the mass. The witness asks him whether he needs help thinking he was dealing with another motorist victim of breakdown. He would then approach when the individual pushes him back with a hand while pronouncing some words in an unknown language. By gesture he indicates the Moon to him then his apparatus and that, several times in continuation. A second occupant of smaller size leaves the luminous mass. The first character deposits in the grass at the edge of the road a small object while making the witness understand that he should absolutely not touch it. Both character reinstate the object in the middle of the road which takes vertically on two hundred meters to move like an arrow horizontally towards the north."

"The description of the entities is as follows: approximately 1m30 to 1m35 whose head exceeds of a kind of cape covering all the remainder of the body except for the arm. The object was luminous, like phosphorescent, and the light was more powerful than the headlights of witness' car.

"Thereafter the witness looked at the place again and found the small object deposited on the side. It had the size and the shape of a sweet chestnut but an earthy and smooth aspect. A few times later the witness ended up revealing his adventure to two residents of Carcassonne who were lead to the location and seized the small object. The witness wanted to recover the object some time later, the two chaps claimed to have sent the object to a laboratory of Paris for analysis whom had never returned it to them saying that it was an ordinary piece of blast-furnace slag."

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit numéro 374".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 23 September 1954 at 03:30 in Moussoulens, France "Ovoid on highway N269. two human-looking occupants exit, gesture, re-enter. Object takes off, rapidly to the north. Possible traces."

And: "At three o'clock in the morning an ovoid-shaped UFO was sighted on Highway N269 in Moussoulens, France . Two human-looking occupants exited the craft, gestured, then re-entered it and the object took off, flying to the north."

And: "Close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants. One ovoid object was observed on a road (Rouzeaud). Two humanoids were seen."

The sources are indicated as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

*Sep. 23, 1954 - At three o'clock in the morning an ovoid-shaped UFO was sighted on Highway N269 in Moussoulens, France. Two human-looking occupants exited the craft, gestured, then re-entered it and the object took off, flying to the north. (Source: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case 3617; Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 166).

[Ref. jm1:] JOEL MESNARD:

Recalling that the case was published in LDLN 374, the author publishes a sketch for this observation.

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540923 23.09.1954 Moussoulens France CE III

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

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

Moussoulens, Aude, Rouzaud, Jean Alary, Rives, Pépinières de Bernardo, Camas, Pezens, crossroads, road, landing, take-off, maneuver, object, occupants, humanoids, speaking, noise, sound, small, analysis, object, iron

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross October 17, 2007 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 28, 2010 Addition [dj1], [lc1], [ud1].
1.2 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 31, 2017 Addition [ub1].
1.4 Patrick Gross February 16, 2017 Addition [jm1].

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