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The 1954 French flap:

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January 7, 1954, Neufchâtel-en-Bray, Seine-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 7-Jan-54-Neufchâtel-en-Bray. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The national newspaper Paris-Presse for January 9, 1954, explained that the ball of fire which had been seen in the sky of Dieppe and other places, including in Neufchâtel-en-Bray by the market gardeners, was perhaps a "flying saucer" in popular opinion, but observers from the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris think it was a fireball.

Reports:

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

Scan

The Dieppe flying saucers:

Fireballs,
savants think

THE EMOTION raised by the appearance in the sky of Dieppe during two following nights of "balls of fire" is not yet quiet down. The phenomenon was not only observed by the dockers of Dieppe, but also by S.N.C.F. employees in Serqueux, by postmen in Rouen, by all the semaphore operators of Dieppe to Fécamp, and by the market gardeners of Forges-les-Eaux, Neuchâtel-en-Bray and of La Mailleraye. At about the same hour the ball of fire was also seen by a witness in Arras.

While popular opinion is convinced that these are "flying saucers", observers from the Paris Astrophysical Institute think of a fireball.

Explanations:

The meteor of January 7, 1954.

Keywords:

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Neufchâtel-en-Bray, Seine-Maritime, meteor, ball, fire, multiple, market gardeners

Sources:

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Document history:

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