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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Obernai, on August 15, 1968:

Case number:

ALSACAT-1968-08-15-OBERNAI-1

Summary:

The "Contact Lecteurs" supplement of the ufology magazine "Lumières Dans La Nuit" for July 1970 reported that in Obernai in the Bas-Rhin, on August 15, 1968, at 7:15 p.m., three young children and their father saw for half a minute an object rush from the Mount Sainte-Odile in the direction Reichstett. It was described as a "rocket spitting fire" by the children, and as a metallic-looking cylinder by their father.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: August 15, 1968
Time: ~07:15 p.m.
Duration: 30 seconds
First known report date: July 1970
Reporting delay: 1 year or less.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Obernai
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.460
Longitude: 7.487
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 4
Number of known witnesses: 3 to 4
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: 1 adult, 3 young children.
Witness(es) types: A father and his three young children.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufologist to ufology magazine LDLN.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Daylight
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: DD
ALSACAT: Possible meteor.

Sources:

[Ref. ld1:] MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

Obernai (Bas-Rhin)

Thursday, August 15, at 7:15 p.m., three young children and their father saw rushing for half a minute from the Mount Sainte-Odile in the direction of Reichstett an object described as "a rocket spitting fire" by the children, and as a metallic cylinder appearance by their father.

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that a case on August 15, 1968, at 7:15 p.m. in Obernai in the Bas-Rhin was reported as follows in Lumières Dans La Nuit - Contact Lecteurs #3 for July 1970, as an investigation by Mr. Fontanié:

Thursday, August 15, at 7:15 p.m., three young children and their father saw rushing for half a minute from the Mount Sainte-Odile in the direction of Reichstett an object described as "a rocket spitting fire" by the children, and as a metallic cylinder appearance by their father.

Discussion:

The information is meager, the case was obviously not investigated.

The description is compatible with that of a meteor.

As shown on the locations map below, the thing reportedly moved the south-east to the north-west.

Evaluation:

Possible meteor.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:

Authoring:

Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 15, 2014 Creation, [ld1], [cv2].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 15, 2014 First published.

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