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October 8, 1954, near Metz, Moselle:

Reference number for this case: 8-Oct-54-Metz. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. rl1:] "LE REPUBLICAIN LORRAIN" NEWSPAPER:

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The presence of a "saucer" excites a locality near Metz

But there was a more natural and somewhat unexpected explanation

METZ. -- Certainly these stories of flying saucers that humans share work very much on the minds if we judge by this authentic adventure that happened to the residents of an amiable locality east of Metz whose name we will hide by understandable discretion.

On Friday evening the brave communal roadmender returned from his work when he perceived a motionless dark mass at the top of a hill, but from which powerful rays of light were emitted. He also noticed a lighter gleam appearing to come from the inside of the craft, for it could only be a mysterious craft, and on that luminous background, vague silhouettes.

Preferring not to approach alone, the roadmender went in haste to alert friends, who thought it more prudent to alert the gendarmerie. The matter was serious, and the Law Enforcement people decided to go to the spot. The most courageous of the residents joined the gendarmes, and a relatively large group made its way to the landing place.

As they approached, the newly arrived noticed that the information of the roadmender was accurate. The machine was visible with its two luminous beams. In order to capture the "saucer" it was decided to encircle it. The maneuver was executed in silence. Soon with the emotion that one guesses, the group arrived near the machine.

But when the lamps and lanterns were directed at it, the disappointment was great. It was only an honest car stopped all headlights on and inside, lighted by the ceiling lamp, two young married people in gallant conversation...

To add anything would be superfluous...

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

134.

Location. Metz France

Date: October 8 1954

Time: unknown

A road worker was on his way home when he encountered an immobile dark mass near the ground. The dark mass emitted powerful beams of light. Through an opening the witness saw a weak light and several vague moving silhouettes. Frightened he ran to the village to notify the police. The object had disappeared when the witness returned with others.

Addendum HC

Source: Raoul Robe, Catalogue Regional

Type: A

[Ref. ta1:] "THINK ABOUT IT" WEBSITE:

Location: Metz France

Date: October 8 1954

Time: unknown

A road worker was on his way home when he encountered an immobile dark mass near the ground. The dark mass emitted powerful beams of light. Through an opening the witness saw a weak light and several vague moving silhouettes. Frightened he ran to the village to notify the police. The object had disappeared when the witness returned with others.

Source: Raoul Robe, Catalogue Regional

Explanations:

Misinterpretation od car and people inside.

The only question that remain is whether it was Raoul Robé or Albert Rosales or someone else previously who censored the explanation clearly given in the newspaper [rl1], necessarily the source of the case.

The case does not appear in the version of "Catalogue Régional" by Raoul Robé published in October 1986 in the French ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit".

Keywords:

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

Metz, Moselle, roadmender, mass, object, dark, motionless, rays, light, opening, occupants, car, headlight, evein, multiple, police, confusion, police, confusion

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 26, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 7, 2014 Addition [ta1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 5, 2016. Addition [rl1]. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet.".

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