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October 8, 1954, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Alpes-Maritimes:

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



continue to furrow the skies of France

Testimonies accumulate coming each day to bring some new detail either on the saucers, or on the flying cigars.

Whereas Saturday evening, several witnesses in good faith, including M. Béranger, Mayor of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, regional councilman, had seen above Nice, a disc of orange color, this time above Cannes, several people observed a luminous machine of yellow color with a green tail. But the most interesting witness was to be brought by an employee of the municipal receipt of Antibes, Mr. Casella, resident of Biot, who, returning home in the evening, was face to face with an enormous mechanical machine measuring 7 to 8 meters in diameter posed in the middle of the road. The witness who was on a bicycle approached the craft until almost touching it but then the latter rose vertically and, with a soft whistling sound, disappeared in the sky.

In the sky of Provence, in Venergues, several vintagers saw a craft of lengthened form like a cigar, one of them stated, and of white and blue color, a second specified. A third vintager indicated that the rocket appeared to emit luminous beams.

At Le Puy, a brilliant object was observed between 17:30 and 18:35 by the weather station of Puy-Chaudrac. The machine looked like a straight ["vertical" probably] olive with at the top, a kind of black antenna. The chief of the station specified that he believed being in the presence of the planet Jupiter, but the sudden disappearance of the object proved that he had made a mistake. The same phenomenon was seen by the center of meteorology of Ruyères (Cantal). One can bring closer these testimonies to that of thousands of residents of Tulle who, towards 15:30, saw in the sky, in the south south-eastern direction, a large shining and motionless dot. It seemed transparent and had the shape of a cylinder whose two ends were conical.

Attack missed against a false Martian

Mr. Maurice Ruant, farmer in Sinceny, close to Chauny (Aisne), failed to be victim of the panic which causes to some people the appearance of the flying saucers or other machines. He was busy repairing hiss car, in a meadow near his home, when two gunshots were fired in his direction. Bullets crushed on the hull of the vehicle, not far from his head. Mr. Maurice Ruant pressed charges and the investigation at once open allowed to quickly find the author of the two shots who was neighbor to Mr. Ruant, Mr. Faizan.

The latter told the police force:

"I believed, when seeing a silhouette moving in the light of two headlights, I was in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer. I went to get my rifle and I shot."

Despite his good faith, Mr. Faizan will be prosecuted.


The two authors indicate that on October 8, 1954, at 23:00, in the department of Alpes-Maritime, Mr. Bérenger, mayor and council man of Saint-Laurent-du-Var observed a disc accompanied by a trail of light.

The authors indicate that the source is La Montagne in October 1954.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicate in the Alpes Maritime in St Laurent du Var on October 8, 1954, at 11 p.m., the mayor of Saint-Laurent-du-Var observes a disc accompanied by a trail of light.

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

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541007 07.10.1954 St. Laurent Cab France NL
19541009 09.10.1954 St. Laurent Var France 23.00


Not looked for yet. Probable meteor according to the description.


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

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Alpes-Maritime, Bérenger, disc, trail, luminous, night


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 4, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lc1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 18, 2010 Addition [hm1].
1.2 Patrick Gross February 20, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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