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September 25, 1954, Homecourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 25-Sep-54-Homecourt. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. le1:] "L'EST REPUBLICAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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Six "flying cigars" reportedly flew over the Pays-Haut...

JOEUF. (From our newsroom). -- The area of the East will end up invaded by beings coming from one does not know where, if one believes all the witnesses who, for a few days, have claimed to have seen here and there, cigars and flying saucers, unless they are craft used during the air army manoeuvres which are currently going on.

Anyway, yesterday morning again, several tens of workmen of Sidelor, living in the area of Lantéfontaine-les-Baroches (the Meurthe-et-Moselle), claim to have seen six "flying cigars" in the sky.

"Between 4 hours 30 and 5 hours 30, one of them told us, we were about to take the bus to reach the factory of Homecourt, when we first saw in the sky two cigar-shaped craft. It was dark, and yet we clearly saw the gleams changing from the red to the orange, whose dimensions grew and decreased alternatively.

"A little later four other craft came to join the two first, and all remained perfectly motionless one moment, to finally disappear instantaneously.

These statements are confirmed by several people. We pour them into the file of the unexplained and extraordinary appearances, which must swell prodigiously in this moment.

Yesterday morning, also around 5 hours, witnesses worthy of faith saw in Homecourt, above the district of the Petite-Fin, at high altitude, what they took for a "flying cigar".

Nevertheless, it could be, as some people think they can say it, a phenomenon of reverberation of a pocket casting on the mining dump of Sainte-Marie. The luminous reflections, projected on a cloud, could have produced the image of a "cigar".

... and a "saucer", Dole

DOLE (from our correspondent). -- Wednesday evening, two young people from Dole who were on the walk of the Philippe garden, were witnesses of a strange phenomenon.

We went to interview one of them. It is Mr. Jackie Chapoutot, aged 17, domiciled street of the Dame-d'Ounan, and working at the Delbost factory in Dole.

He gave us the following statement: "I walked in the Philippe garden Wednesday around 08:30 p.m., in company of a comrade, Mr. André Lacour, aged 15, pupil at the modern technical college of Dôle.

Suddenly, our attention was drawn by a strange noise, similar to a whistling sound, much less loud however than that of the jet planes. We then saw, in the sky, a sharp gleam of green color, which came from the North-East and moved to the South-west.

This appearance which would have the size of a soccer ball was followed of an incandescent trail. The object passed at sharp pace and disappeared in the direction of the Idéal-Standard factory.

We had hardly recovered from our surprise when the craft appeared again above Dôle. It remained motionless at the level of the grand-pont for approximately 4 seconds, during which we clearly distinguished its spherical form, then it set out again suddenly on the "side by which it had come".

Other people reportedly also witnessed this phenomenon which left these two young people very perplexed.

Explanations:

The reflections of mine dump are a ridiculous explanation; a formulation of the journalist certainly resulting from a misunderstanding.

However, Homecourt had several steel furnaces, and it is thus more probable than the thing seen was a reflection of the light a furnace on low clouds.

Keywords:

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Homecourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Petite-Fin, multiple, cigar, high, night

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