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October 5, 1954, Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire:

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



The article underneath has been published in the daily newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire, on Wednesday, October 6, 1954.

Luminous objects in the sky of Puy

On two occasions yesterday in the night, brilliant objects were seen in the sky of Puy without anyone being able to determine their exact nature. At about 08:30 P.M., several of our fellow-citizens saw a machine which resembled a small balloon on which a light would have been hung evolving above the square of Breuil and Square Michelet. This machine which flew appreciably in an Est/West trajectory passed at about fifteen meters to the top of the court and appreciably at the same height above the newly built buildings of Square Michelet. Its speed could be 7 to 8 kilometers per hour since several people followed the luminous machine in its evolutions for a while. A little later, at the exit of the cinema, several Ponots also saw another object whose luminous intensity was variable in the sky, of an apparent diameter lower than that of a soccer ball. This machine which maneuvered seemingly quitefast at a high altitude followed a rectilinear trajectory. Coming from the direction of Ronzon, this craft disappeared a few minutes after above Mons. This afternoon still, at about 03:15 P.M. numerous passers-by on Mal-Fayolle boulevard saw a white shining object, above their head, which rose in the sky vertically.


Not looked for yet. Candle-on-a-stick hoax?


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