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October 5, 1954, Brignolles, Var:

Reference number for this case: 5-Oct-54-Brignoles. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



Mr. André Mela, of Brignolles in the Departement of Var, dairy nourissor by profession, was in his garden at the old pathway of La Celle when his attention was drawn towards the sky. He saw a large luminous ball there, which came from the direction of the North-East and slipped by in the sky "at a vertiginous speed."

The "large fireball" left a broad yellowish trail behind it. There had been no sound. It disappeared or was lost from sight still towards the North-East.

The source is indicated as L.D.L.N. #100 page 15.


The two authors indicate that on October 5, 1954 at 09:00 in Brignoles in the department of the Var, a milkman observed a large luminous ball making him the effect of a "tracing bullet."


The authors indicate that at the end of the September 1954, between Gareoult and Néoules, at 9 p.m., a tradesman of Brignolles and his wife observed a luminous object planted in the ground which had the shape of a sign of a tobacconist's shop.

Coming back from Toulouse, Mrs. R... saw this object, was frightened and requested her husband not to stop. He continued his travel, stopped a few hundreds of meters further and noted that the luminous object had disappeared.

The authors indicate that the sources are LDLN N.100 bis on page 15 and Nice-Matin for September 18, 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Var in Brignoles on October 5, 1954 at 21:00, a milkman observes a large luminous ball making him the effect of a "tracing bullet."

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979."


Not looked for yet. Meteor.


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

Brignolles, Var, André Mela, meteor, ball, fireball, fast, contrail, silent, unique, luminous, bright, fast


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

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0.1 Patrick Gross January 25, 2006 First published.
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