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January 9, 1954, Mirebel, Jura:

Reference number for this case: 9-Jan-54-Mirebel. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. br1] "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE" NEWSPAPER:

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WHAT WAS THIS STRANGE SKY WANDERER?

New testimonies on the passing of a
fiery bolide above our region

SOME OBSERVATIONS WOULD SEEM TO EXCLUDE
THE METEOR HYPOTHESIS. SO?...

(From our special correspondents)

-- Giant meteorite or "saucer"? The question remains open. In any case numerous witnesses choose the second hypothesis. In the Haute-Marne, in the Jura, and also in the region of Dijon, here is what they saw.

IN THE HAUTE-MARNE

The fiery bolide was seen in Montigny-le-Roy, where several people spotted it at approximately 7:45 a.m..

They gave a description identical to the others.

In Chaumont, a delivery man, Mr. Bourgeois and Mr. Thibaut to whom "appeared a luminous spot in the sky. I followed it with my eyes from 10 to 15 seconds before it disappeared. At its base I recognized the shape of a disc."

In Langres, employees of the Treasury, and Mr. Miche, city councilman and schoolmaster:

Having seen the object he called Mrs. Hanloc, service woman at the School, who had time to run to see an extremely luminous machine, followed by a thin brilliant trail.

IN THE COTE-D'OR

"Saturday morning a resident of Auxonne who circulated on the Bridge of France saw in direction of the North-East, a lengthened machine which moved towards the East.

At a certain time a part of the "cigar" which hitherto appeared of an orange yellow color went off then all light disappeared.

Our compatriot who observed this phenomenon during a few seconds, looked at the hour at once. It was 7:45 a.m.

Did other people see this phenomenon? Up to now, it was not allowed to us to obtain other information."

IN DOLE

At about 7:50 a.m. Saturday morning an entrepreneur of Dôle, Mr. Marcel Girard, was at the intersection of the avenue de la paix and boulevard Wilson.

Looking up, he distinguished in the sky a craft of a weird shape that moved fast in a direction eh said, from Mount Roland to Salins-le-Bains. So the craft crossed boulevard Wilson at about the level of the school.

The vision was very short. Mr. Girard estimates it at approximately three or four seconds; the machine having carried out a very clear deceleration above the Wilson boulevard, as if the occupants (?) intended to look at it more closely.

Here is how Mr. Girard describes the machine: "It is an object whose general form looks like a cigar whose point is of a dazzling blue color; on the other hand the lower part is of orange or red color as if there were sparks at the back: it moved at a very great speed but for lack of reference landmarks neither the speed of the machine nor its height could be evaluated.

First such measurements are very difficult to make even by technicians; then the light was very defective."

In addition an employee of the S.N.C.F. [National railway company], Mr. Maillot, who was on the "Pont de Mouchard" [bridge] saw the machine at the same moment.

In his opinion, it was an object of circular form, which would have moved at a height of 3000 m. (?) The machine moved without any noise and Mr. Maillot could follow it with his eyes during 4 seconds.

In LONS-LE-SAULNIER

Several residents of Lons-le-Saulnier told us that they were also visual witnesses of the strange phenomenon. That's how two people worthy of faith - a P.T.T. employee [Mail worker], and the young daughter of a tobacconist of the city, claim to us that they saw and observed with a quite understandable astonishment Saturday morning, at 07:50 a.m. exactly, a ball that seemed to move slowly at the vertical of the Pannessières Mounds.

"This machine, "a large tangerine" the girl told us, left behind it, at the moment of its acceleration, an enormous reddish plume."

Other information that came from La Marre, Mirebel, Crançot, corroborate all the more the claims of our Lons-le-Saulnier residents.

All the witnesses agree also to report the almost complete immobility of the machine during a few tens of seconds and its rapid start in direction of Switzerland.

WHAT TO CONCLUDE?

With all this information, that to conclude? Much information is still missing such as the exact hour of the passage, the direction of the object, its changes of pace and direction, to be affirmative one way or another.

Let us hope that readers would reveal to be precise observers, and we will communicate their remarks.

Til then, the mystery remains whole...

[Ref. lg1] LOREN GROSS:

A copy of the newspaper article in La Bourgogne Républicaine [br1] appears in Loren Gross' "UFOs: A History 1954 January-May".

Explanations:

The January 9, 1954, 07:48 a.m. meteor.

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