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October 2, 1954, Morestel, Isère:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Morestel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Newspapers for October 6, 1954, reported an observation "in the Isère near Morestel", one evoking that as in another case, it had also been a "big luminous ball slowly moving in the sky in a weird manner."

On October 24, 1954, the newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire mentioned that "these last days" - so it is not certain that this was about the observation reported above - car drivers reportedly saw in the region of Morestel "a mysterious craft that must have landed near the locality." This newspaper explained that the next morning a farmer from a nearby hamlet found a strange device in a field; which susprised him because it flashed had an intermittent light.

The newspaper explains that it was a weather balloon with its recording devices that include light bulbs, whose light would vary, it seems, according to certain temperature conditions.

The farmer sent the balloon and its devices to the address indicated on the attached sheet, ie the Trappes Observatory in the Seine-et-Oise. And the nwspaper concluded that "this is probably the luminoust saucer sighted the night before by motorists victims of an optical illusion."

In the ufology literature, nothing was learned except a date of October 2, 1954, given by Aimé Michel who had convinced himself that it was a case part of an "alignment" of cases that mere chance cannot explain. Others will follow him on this path, nobody said a word about the found balloon.

Only Luc Chastan gave details in the 2000s; which would come from the newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré - he did not give the date of publication: at 08:30 hours p.m., "The witness circulates from Morestel towards Creys-Pusigneu when he sees in the sky a red triangle of a strong luminous intensity. A few minutes later, he looks back again to look at the phenomenon and he then sees a kind of orange disc which was formed within the framework of the triangle. Little after the triangle grew blurred and the disc dove behind the hill."

Reports:

[Ref. prs1:] UNKNOWN NEWSPAPER FOR OCTOBER 6, 1954:

To mystify his compatriots

A prankster built flying saucers

Lille, 5 October. - A retired mine worker of Beuvry-les-Bethune, known in his commune as a prankster, did not miss the opportunity offered to him by the mystery of the flying saucers to amuse himself at the expense of the inhabitants of the neighboring localities.

Inspired by the hot air balloon system, the happy retired man built machines that were three meters in diameter. The envelope consisted of sheets of gray paper, strongly glued together. At the base of the "saucer" was a small receptacle in which lay a tuft of tow impregnated with a flammable liquid. It was then enough to ignite the tow to see the machine rise and disappear at the winds, surrounded by yellowish and orange reflections.

It was after the discovery of one of these devices near a stack of straw, to which it had almost set fire, that the gendarmes were led to suspect the retired man. In fact, there were many models of "flying saucers" at his place, prototypes that their inventor was preparing to launch in the sky of the Nord.

The mystifier claimed that he had already built and launched more than a thousand of these devices. The ex-mine worker will no doubt be sentenced to fines for dangerous amusement.

Those who have seen...

Le Havre. -- Mr. André Lefèvre, a taxi driver, who was parked yesterday evening at 8 p.m. on the harbor, saw an incandescent disk which rose to the west of Deauville, leaving behind a phosphorescent trail and a slight smoke. This phenomenon, which was visible for ten minutes, was also witnessed by several sailors returning to their boat.

The Puy. -- Mr. and Mrs. Teyssier, of Saint-Etienne, who camped at Aurec-sur-Loire (Haute-Loire), saw in the sky a luminous object giving the impression of a large headlight moving at a rapid pace at about 2000 meters altitude. The craft emitted an orange-reddish light beam and followed a north-south trajectory. When it had disappeared, a second apparatus, similar to the first, appeared to follow it, in the same direction, and disappeared in its turn.

At about the same time, several persons saw above the bell-tower of Aurec similar machines which, after being immobilized for a moment, crossed the sky at a rapid pace towards the south-west.

Lens. -- Sunday evening, around 9:30 p.m., in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, a machine that had the shape of a pot and which rotated on itself was seen in the sky by two people. It emitted a reddish glow and moved quickly.

At the same time, a craft which, this time, had the shape of a crescent, was seen in the sky of Liévin. After hovering for a few minutes, the crescent split in two. The upper part then remained motionless, while the other landed in a field between two haystacks, from which it took off shortly afterwards to join the part that was in the air.

Angoulême. -- Sunday evening, around 9:15 p.m., on the road from Montmoreau to Villebois-Lavallette (the Charente), Mr. Jean Allary, 22, saw very clearly, in the light of his moped's headlight, a sort of barrel high of about 1.50 meters, studded with gilded nails, which swayed on the side of the road. When Mr. Allary had passed the mysterious machine, he looked back, at a distance of about ten yards, but he saw nothing.

Witnesses saw, yesterday afternoon, at the very place indicated by Mr. Allary, traces about seven meters long in the grass that borders the road.

Autun. -- Several people said they saw in the region of Epinac-les-Mines (the Saône-et-Loire), a kind of large luminous ball moving slowly in a bizarre manner in the sky.

A similar phenomenon has been observed in the Ain and in the north of the Rhone department, towards the Col des Echarmaux, as well as in the Isère, near Morestel.

Nevers. -- In Chateau-Chinon, five persons whose sincerity could not be doubted, saw a phenomenon which occurred several times before their more astonished than frightened eyes.

At 9 o'clock a luminous spot of oval shape, seemingly motionless at a very high altitude, appeared in the sky. At one point the spot began to rotate at full speed, changing color several times. Then all went out, but after a few minutes the luminous spot reappeared, split again, and began to rotate.

[Ref. ads1:] "L'ARDENNAIS" NEWSPAPER:

The dance of the flying saucers continues

Two pranksters will be prosecuted

Saucers, cigars, barrels, discs, pots, crescents and other objects continue their dance in the sky.

It even seems that for a few hours, this luminous carrousel intensified, unless the French, worried about the extent taken for some time in their newspaper by "the saucers chronicle" began to scrutinize feverishly the sky in order to finally see one of the mysterious machines one talks about so much.

Here is a new list of the latest public events of the "Uranids" and their extraordinary nacelles.

LE HAVRE. -- Mr. André Lefèbre, cab driver, who was stationed Monday evening, around 8 p.m., on the harbor, saw an incandescent disk which, west of Deauville, rose in the sky, leaving behind a phosphorescent trail and a slight smoke. This phenomenon, which was visible for ten minutes, was also witnessed by several sailors returning to their boat.

LYON. -- A Lyon journalist claimed to have observed with a binocular, above the St Foy hill, south of the Fourvière basilica, an orange red light disc.

This was followed by other shiny, smaller discs. The phenomenon lasted about 20 minutes.

NANCY. -- Thirty people claimed to have seen a luminous disc of green color descending on the village of Benestroff between Vergaville and Kerprich (Moselle) on Sunday evening.

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The dance of the flying saucers

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Several witnesses drove by motorcycle to the alleged landing site of the craft, but when they arrived, the craft had resumed altitude and disappeared.

A few hours later, a disc of the same color was observed over the same region. A circular craft had been seen the day before at the same hour.

Saucers, cigars, discs, balls and other "flying" objects were seen at Chancelade (Haute-Vienne), Willer (Haut-Rhin), Gouesnach, near Quimper, Beutignecourt, Ambazac (Haute-Vienne), Dijon, Marcoing near Cambrais, Pommier (Indre), Rouen, Ajaccio, la Rochelle, Quimper, Cholet and Vannes.

LE PUY. -- Mr. and Mrs. Teyssier, of Saint-Etienne, who camped at Aurec-sur-Loire (Haute-Loire), saw in the sky a luminous object giving the impression of a large headlight which moved at a rapid pace at about 2000 meters of altitude.

The craft emitted an orange-red light beam and followed a north-south trajectory. When it had disappeared, a second craft similar to the first and seeming to follow it appeared, followed the same direction and also disappeared.

At about the same time, several people saw similar apparatuses flying over the Aurec steeple which, after stopping for a moment, crossed the sky at a brisk pace towards the southwest.

ANGOULEME. -- Sunday evening, around 11:15 p.m., on the road to Montmoreau - Villebois - Lavalette (Charente), Mr. Jean Allary, 22, saw very clearly, in the light of his moped headlight, a kind of barrel about 1 m 80 high, studded with golden nails, which swayed on the edge of the road.

When Mr. Allary had passed the mysterious craft, he looked back, at a distance of about 10 meters, but saw nothing.

Witnesses saw Monday afternoon at the exact spot indicated by Mr. Allary, traces of about seven meters in length in the grass that borders the road.

LYON. -- Several people reported seeing a kind of large luminous ball in the Epinac-les-Mines (Saône-et-Loire) region moving in a weird way in the sky.

A similar phenomenon has been observed in the Ain and in the north of the Rhône department, at the Col des Echarmaux, as well as in the Isère, near Morestel.

Should the witnesses who reported all these things be held to be sincere? It is hard to say. But in general, let us welcome their statements with a lot of reservations. Many mystifications have already been discovered, mystifications that will also cause some trouble to their authors. One does not joke with the saucers with impunity.

He made saucers

LILLE. -- A retired miner from Beuvry-les-Bethune, known in his community as a joker, did not miss the opportunity offered to him by flying saucers, for to have fun at the expense of people in nearby communities.

Inspired by the hot-air balloon system, the happy retiree made craft that was three meters in diameter. The envelope was made up of sheets of gray paper that had been carefully glued. At the base of the "saucer" was a small receptacle in which rested a tuft if rags soaked in a flammable liquid. It was enough then to ignite the tow to see the craft rise and disappear with the winds, surrounded by yellowish and orange reflections.

It was the discovery near a straw stack to which one of these machines had almost set fire, that the gendarmes were brought to suspect the retiree. One also found many models of "flying saucers" prototypes that their inventor was preparing to launch in the northern sky.

The hoaxer claimed that he had already built and launched more than a thousand of these machines. The ex-miner will probably be sentenced to a fine for dangerous amusement.

The Uranids had left too human traces

Melun. -- Roadmenders who worked along the Coulommiers-Meaux road, said they had noticed, several days ago, around 5 p.m., in a field not far from the aerodrome of Voisins, Maisoncelles commune, a flying saucer resting on three crutches.

One of them, Mr. Goujon, even said that 150 meters from the machine, he had been paralyzed by an electric beam while the saucer rose slowly in the sky to disappear. The roadmender, who had provided the journalists with all the details, had also shown to various witnesses the traces left by the crutches of the saucer.

The Coulommiers gendarmerie decided to question the witnesses. Many retreated immediately stating that they had bad eyesight, that they were not very sure of what they had seen, or even that they had not seen anything at all. But the principal concerned, Mr. Goujon, remained very firm in his statements.

So the gendarmes took him there, in the presence of several Parisian scientific personalities. The holes left by the saucer were photographed; they had been dug out by the hand of the roadmender, whose fingerprints the earth had kept.

The roadmender admitted to having made up this strange story from scratch. He was brought before the judge of Coulommiers.

[Ref. lqh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

[...]

These last days, motorists affirm to have seen, in the area of Morestel (Isère), a mysterious machine which had had to land close to the locality. However the next day morning, a farmer of a nearby hamlet noted that a strange apparatus was in a field. What increased his surprise was to note that an intermittent light emanated from the apparatus. It was actually a weather balloon with its measuring devices which comprise bulbs, whose light would vary, it seems, following certain conditions of temperature. The farmer dispatched the weather balloon and the apparatuses to the address indicated on the joined card i.e. the observatory of Trappes (the Seine-et-Oise). It is probably the luminous saucer seen the day before in the evening by motorists victims of an optical illusion.

[...]

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that there was a sighting on October 2, 1954, in Morestel, France.

[Ref. ldl1:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Editors' note - The four straight lines are about the network of October 2, 1954. The first includes the places of: Jeumont, Dijon, Louhans, Morestel (On this straight line are also located: Chevigny en Valière (on 10/14/54), and Le Pin (on 9/16/54).

[Ref. jve5:] JACQUES VALLEE:

184 -005.46900 45.67500 02 10 1954 MORESTEL F 151 C** 170

[Ref. ldl2:] "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

Regarding a 1967 sighting, the magazine noted that there was an alignment of sightings on October 2, 1954, including Jeumont in the Nordand Morestel in the Isère.

[Ref. pis1:] "PHENOMENES INCONNUS" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

In this ufology bulletin, Alain Barbe published a map with cases (but not all the 61 cases or more) for October 2, 1954, including that of Morestel, which he, like Aimé Michel did, thooght to often be "aligned" beyond mere chance:

[Ref. cgu1:] CHARLES GARREAU:

Charles Garreau mentions that there was an observation on October 2, 1954 in Morestel.

Regarding a 1972 sighting, the magazine noted that there was an alignment of observations on October 2, 1954, including Jeumont in the Nord department and Morestel in the Isère department.

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Isère in Morestel on October 2, 1954 at 20:30 hours, "the witness circulates from Morestel towards Creys-Pusigneu when he sees in the sky a red triangle of a strong luminous intensity. A few minutes later, he looks back again to look at the phenomenon and he then sees a kind of orange disc which was formed within the framework of the triangle. Little after the triangle grew blurred and the disc dove behind the hill."

The sources are indicated as "Le Dauphiné Libéré" and "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541002 02.10.1954 Morestel Passins France 20.30 NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Morestel France NL
19541002 02.10.1954 Morestel France

Explanations:

Probable weather balloon.

Keywords:

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

Morestel, Isère, night, balloon, field, multiple, lights, flashing

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 3, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [aml1], [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross June 20, 2010 Addition [jve5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 7, 2010 Addition [cgu1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 30, 2016 Additions [prs1], [ubk1].
1.4 Patrick Gross October 4, 2019 Additions [ads1], [ldl1], [pis1], [ldl2], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Probable weather balloon."

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