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October 6, 1954, Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 6-oct-54-Le-Puy-en-Velay. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


An article in the newspaper Le Quotidien de La Haute-Loire for October 6, 1954, reported that "This afternoon again around 3:15 p.m." many passers-by on Boulevard du Maréchal Fayolle "saw over their head a bright white object, which rose in the sky vertically."



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 also, 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.


Possible balloon.


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Le Puy-en-Velay, Puy, Haute-Loire, Mal-Fayolle, object, multiple, balloon, vertical, daylight, city


Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross March 20, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 20, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 6, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Balloon?"

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