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Mid October, 1954, Maurs, Cantal:

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

Summary:

The newspaper L'Auvergnat de Paris reported on page 3 for October 23, 1954, that in Maurs, right at sunrise, the whole town was in turmoil, gathering on the square La Grande-Fontaine to look at a "mysterious, very shiny, oval-shaped craft that moved slowly, launching a thousand reflections of changing colors."

Telescopes were used, the most frequented of which was a navy telescope mounted on a tripod where, many curious people took a look.

At the daily siren call announcing noon, people had dispersed "more and more skeptical, thinking that, perhaps, Maurs-la-Jolie also had its flying saucer", the newspaper concluding that it was probably a weather balloon.

Reports:

[Ref. aup1:] NEWSPAPER "L'AUVERGNAT DE PARIS":

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MAURS. -- A craft in our sky:

From sunrise on, our whole locality was in turmoil and everyone gathered on the Place de la Grande-Fontaine to witness the evolutions of a mysterious, very shiny, oval-shaped craft that was moving slowly while launching a thousand reflections of changing colors.

The telescopes made their appearance: the most frequented was a navy telescope, mounted on a tripod where, in turn, many curious people took their turn. Finally, at the daily siren call announcing noon, everyone dispersed more and more skeptical, thinking that, perhaps, Maurs-la-Jolie also had its flying saucer.

It was probably a weather balloon.

Explanations:

Map.

As the [aup1] suggested, it was likely a balloon:

One or more stratospheric balloons for studying cosmic rays released in Milan, Italy, as a Padua University project, wandered over France on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954, and had been photographed from the Haute-Provence observatory:

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Keywords:

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Maurs, Cantal, multiple, duration, telescope, craft, shining, reflection, colors, telescopes, balloon, weather balloon

Sources:

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