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October 4, 1954, Demigny, Saône-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 4-Oct-54-Demigny. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In a catalog of press clipping from the newspaper Le Bien Public published by the ADRUP in 1982, we learn that this newspaper published the following case in its October 7, 1954, issue:

Monday, thus on October 4, 1954, around 07:15 p.m., Mr. Beaufort, director of the Comptoir Commercial in Châlon-sur-Saône, drove by car on the road to Domigny when at the edge of the forest of Léssard-le-National, he saw in the glow of his headlights, resting on the embankment, a silver fuselage.

He did not have the time to get off the car, as the craft took off vertically with flames of the "welding lamp" kind.

Truckers from Morey-Saint-Denis, who were following Mr. Beaufort, also saw the craft.

The next day, Mr. Beaufort, returning to the place where the "cigar" had landed, found deep traces on the embankment.

Reports:

[Ref. via2:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER: A CHALON REISDENT AUTOMOBILIST COMES FACE TO FACE WITH A CIGAR -

On Monday, around 7:15 p.m., Mr. Beaufort, director of the Comptoir commercial in Châlon sur Saône, drove by car on the road of Domigny when, on the edge of the wood of Léssard National, he saw in the glow of his headlights, posed on the sloped edge of the road, the silver fuselage of one of these famous "cigars". He had no time to get off the car as the craft took off vertically with flames like a "welding lamp". Truckers from Morey St Denis, who were following Mr. Beaufort, also saw the craft. Finally, going back to the place where the "cigar" had landed the next day, Mr. Beaufort noticed the presence of deep marks on the embankment.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

French ufologist and author Jean Sider learned in an article from the newspaper Le Bien Public, of Dijon, in page 10 for October 7, 1954, that there was an observation on October 4, 1954 at 07:30 p.m. close to Châlon-sur-Saône, Demigny, in the Saône-et-Loire department.

Jean Sider summarizes the article of this newspaper: Mr. Beaufort, director of the Commercial Counter of Châlon-sur-Saone, arrived by car at the edge of the wood of Lessart-le-National, when it suddenly saw in the gleam of his headlights, the silver plated fuselage "of one of these "cigars" which sees for some times" posed on the slope.

The machine immediately took off vertically, accompanied by flames of the welder type. Truck-drivers of Morey-Saint-Denis who followed Mr. Beaufort also saw the apparatus. The next day, Mr. Beaufort noticed while passing by again at the same place that there were deep traces on the slope of the same verge.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3967: 1954/10/04 19:20 1 4:50:20 E 46:52:20 N 3333 WEU FRN S&L 7:6

LESSARD-le-NATIONAL,FR:1/CAR:SLVR CGR STOPS VERTICAL WHEN HIT/HEADLITES:TRACES

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : ROAD+RAILS

[Ref. djn1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

On this Day

October 4

[...]

1954 - On a road in Lessard-le-National, France at 7:20 p.m., a silver cigar-shaped object stopped in a vertical position when illuminated by car headlights. Landing traces found nearby. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 319).

[...]

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database of data has a record indicating that the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit noted that on October 4, 1954 at 07:15 p.m. in Lessard le National in the Saone-et-Loire department, a person is in a car between Châlon-sur-Saone and Demigny, when, at the edge of the wood of Lessard, he sees in the gleam of the headlights the fuselage of a silver object in the shape of cigar posed on a slope.

The object took off at once vertically, accompanied by flames comparable with those produced by a welding lamp.

Two truck-drivers who followed the principal witness made the same observation.

The following day, passing at the same place, the first witness has noted the presence of deep traces on the slope.

[Ref. nip1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 4, 1954 - On a road in Lessard-le-National, France at 7:20 p.m., a silver cigar-shaped object stopped in a vertical position when illuminated by car headlights. Landing traces found nearby. (Source: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue no. 319).

Explanations:

This is the kind of case that, in the absence of an investigation to gather better information, remains ambiguous as to its possible interpretations.

A part of the description may be reminiscent of a meteor arriving from the horizon. The traces found, not otherwise described as "deep", are not necessarily related to the "craft" seen. Sider says they were "on the slope of the same embankment", but the newspaper just said they were on the embankment at the landing place.

In the region, we have the similar case of Prompsat on the same day at the same time, that of Montceau-les-Mines, same day and same hour, and some others less similar, but no obvious meteor for the moment at this date and time in the area.

Keywords:

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

Demigny, Saône-et-Loire, Châlon-sur-Saône, Beaufort, director, car, road, cigar, silver, landing, take off, vertically, flames, welder, multiple, traces

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross November 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 16, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [djn1], [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2014 Addition [nip1].
1.2 Patrick Gross June 20, 2019 Additions [via2], [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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