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October 26, 1954, Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord:

Reference number for this case: 26-Oct-54-Pont-sur-Sambre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Croix du Nord, of Lille, Pas-de-Calais, and Nord-Matin in the Avesnes issue on page 3 for the same date, reported on page 2 on October 30, 1954, that on Tuesday, October 26, 1954, around 5:30 a.m., going to his guard duty on behalf of the Société des Forces de la Providence, Hautmont factory, Mr. Louis Blanquart, residing rue de Pantegnies in Pont-sur-Sambre, being at "Pont Mauricaud", at the limits of the territories of the municipalities of Pont-sur-Samble, Bachant, and Saint-Rémi-du-Nord, had seen in the sky "a craft in the shape of a small ball of fire, moving at an incredible speed from the west in the east, leaving behind a shower of sparks. The object was at a very great distance."

Mr. Blanquart, former member of the gendarmerie, first said nothing about it, fearing that he would not be believed. But on Friday, a factory guard, Mr. René Mauve, rue de Maubeuge, said he saw the same thing at the same hour and in the same place. In addition, Mr. Blanquart learned that a worker from Neuf-Mesnil had also seen the same thing at the same hours; it was then that he decided to report what he had seen.

Reports:

[Ref. cdn1:] "LA CROIX DU NORD" NEWSPAPER:

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A FORMER GENDARME
OF PONT-SUR-SAMBRE
SAW A LUMINOUS CRAFT
MOVE FROM WEST
TO EAST

Tuesday, October 26, around 5:30 a.m., going to his work which consists of surveyance on behalf of the Société des Forces de la Providence, Hautmont factory, Mr. Louis Blanquart, residing in Pont-sur-Sambre, rue de Pantegnies, being at the "Pont Mauricaud", borders of the territories of the municipalities of Pont-sur-Samble, Bachant, and Saint-Rémi-du-Nord, saw in the sky a craft having the shape of a small ball of fire, moving at an incredible speed from west to east, leaving behind a shower of sparks. The object was at a very long distance.

Mr. Blanquart, a former member of the gendarmerie, first feared that he would not be believed, which is what motivated his late revelation. He didn't say a word to anyone at first, but on Friday, a factory guard, Mr. René Mauve, rue de Maubeuge, said he had seen the same "apparition" at the same hour and in the same place.

On the other hand, Mr. Blanquart learned that a worker from Neuf-Mesnil had seen the same thing always on the same date and jour as scheduled. It was then that he decided to reveal what he had seen.

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

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PONT-SUR-SAMBRE

Finally the sky of Pont
also had his saucer!

Last Tuesday around 5:30 in the morning, going to his work which consists of watch service on behalf of the Société des Forges de la Providence factory of Haumont (Nord), our compatriot Mr. Louis Blanquart, residing in Pont-sur-Sambre, rue de Pantegnies, located at a place called "Pont Mauricaud" bordering the territories of the municipalities of Pont-sur-Sambre, Bachant, and Saint-Rémy-du-Nord saw in the sky, a craft having the form of a small ball of fire, moving at an incredible speed, from West to East, while leaving behind a shower of sparks. The appearance lasted approximately 2 seconds. The object was at a very great distance.

Our compatriot, former member of the gendarmerie, did not say a word to anyone, but yesterday a factory keeper colleague Mr. René Bauwe, street from Maubeuge to Hautmont said he saw the same apparition at the same time and in the same place. Also, our compatriot learned that a worker from Neuf-Mesnil would have seen the same thing still on the dates and times mentioned above. It was then that he decided to tell us his story.

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor.

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Keywords:

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Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord, nuit, Hautmont, Louis Blanquart, Pont Mauricaud, Bachant, Saint-Rémi-du-Nord, craft, ball, fire, fast, trail, shower, sparks, distant, gendarme, René Mauve, worker, Neuf-Mesnil

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 27, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 11, 2020 Addition [nmn1]. Ine the Summary, addition of "and Nord-Matin in the Avesnes issue on page 3 for the same date".

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