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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 Wintzenheim, on the beginning of May 2004:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2004-05-00-WINTZENHEIM-1

Summary:

On May 14, 2004, "Spock" told on a UFO web forum he made two observations in Alsace at the beginning of May 2004; which were short "but surprising."

Traveling to Colmar on the road above Wintzenheim perpendicular to an electric pole near a paper mill, he had seen "as a multi-faceted ball disintegrate. It was beautiful and of high intensity, but unfortunately very short ", about one second.

Then with a female friend, he went on the heights of the city to look at the landscape, and as he was talking to her, she saw a red ball that went "fast like crazy" over them at a "quite high" altitude.

He said that this ball also "dematerialized" in its flight.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: Beginning of May 2004
Time: ?
Duration: 1 second, and short.
First known report date: May 14, 2004
Reporting delay: Days, 2 weeks.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Wintzenheim
Place: From a car then outside, near Wintzenheim, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.068
Longitude: 7.279
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1, 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: 1 male, 1 female.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: To the UFO forum "Le Journal de l'Ufologie".
Type of location: From a car then outside, near Wintzenheim, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: ?
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Probable meteors.

Sources:

[Ref. jd1:] FORUM "LE JOURNAL DE L'UFOLOGIE":

Spock
Guest

Posted on: Fri May 14, 2004 7:43 pm Subject of message: Two observations in Alsace

Hi everybody,

the observations i was able to make in the beginning of May 2004 were short but surprizing. Indeed I was going to Colmar, and on the road above Wintzenheim at the level of a power pole, near a paper factory i saw like a multicolor disco ball disintegrate. It was very beautiful and of a strong intensity, but unfortunately very short, abo.1 second. Then with a [female] friend I went to heights of that town to look at the landscape and while I was talking to her she saw a red ball that passed at a crazy speed above us, at a quite high altitude. This balle [sic] also dematerialized itself in its race. That's it it's not very detailed but for now that's all. Anyway I very soon wish to send you new observations. CU

leo.x4
Guest

Posted on: Sun May 16, 2004 10:39 am Subject of the message: Fireballs

Hi. I live not very far from alsace, and I am almost sure what you see was a FIREBALL. (An asteroid of small size that enters in our atmosphere.)This would explain the dematerialization. I saw two of them overs here last summer, it would thus not be vers surprising. Now, maybe I'm wrong because I did not see the phenomenon.

CU

spica57
Registered on: Apr 23, 2003
Messages: 21
Localization: East 57

Posted on: Sat June 05, 2004 5:25 pm Subject of the message: Observations in Alsace

Hello

The SPICA association http://www.spica.org has investigators in Alsace

We are available to you

Best regards
CKR

Discussion:

As suggested on the UFO forum, this looks just like two meteors burning up in the atmosphere.

Evaluation:

Probable meteors.

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 December 10, 2014 Creation, [jd1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 10, 2014 First published.

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