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January 26, 1954, Saulon-la-Chapelle, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 26-Jan-54-Saulon-la-Chapelle. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


Ufologist and journalist Cahrles Garreau had reported from press sources that on January 26, 1954, at 04:50 in the morning, in Saulon-la-Chapelle in the Côte-d'Or, an intense glow had suddenly illuminated the sky, so bright that even the inside of the houses was lit through the shutters.

He and others later did not realize that it was the meteor that passed over the Côte-d'Or and the Vosges that morning.



54 01 26 / DIJON / 4H50 / NL / P /

Around 4:50, several people saw in the sky a lightning trail that moved noiselessly over the city.

Duration: a few seconds and low altitude. Observed in numerous places in the Côte d'Or: Pontailler, Saulon la Chapelle, Til Châtel, St Maurice sur Vingeanne and Nuits st Georges.

(Source: Alerte dans le ciel, Ch. Garreau, p. 104 to 106, Bien Public, 1/27/54)

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The webmaster indicates that on January 26, 1954 at 04:50 a.m. in Saulon la Chapelle in the Côte-d'Or, an intense gleam suddenly illuminated the sky. It was so bright that it lighten th inside of the houses through the shutters.

The source is indicated as "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".


The meteor of January 26, 1954, at 04:50.


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