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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 Wasselonne, on April 14, 2014:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2014-04-14-WASSELONNE-1

Summary:

One "patakrab" ("crab leg") reported anonymously to a UFO website that he saw a flying object from Wasselonne in the Bas-Rhin on April 14, 2014, at 10:20 p.m., with another person. He or she wrote:

"When closing my shutters to go to bed I see a mass flying at a normal altitudes EXCEPT that by looking more carefully I realize the original shape of this thing and the color which it is made of... Being curious, I decide to take my binocular and I see it is triangular in shape, and really really bright you would have said the colors of a Christmas wreath (green orange red white yellow blue color) i could not really discern in detail because of the distance and brightness of the thing, shame my binocular did not allow to see the details..."

"A plane would make noise and would not remain static like that, I watched for abour fifteen minutes."

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 14, 2014
Time: 10:20 p.m.
Duration: 10 or 15 minutes.
First known report date: August 2014
Reporting delay: Day, 5 months?

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Wasselonne
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.638
Longitude: 7.445
Uncertainty ratio: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 2
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Witness web report to UFO website "OVNI-France.fr".
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: Yes
Entities: No
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible group of helicopters or Chinese lanterns.

Sources:

[Ref. of1:] TESTIMONY ON THE "OVNI-FRANCE" WEBSITE:

14-04-2014 - (Dép.67) - Flying object

Date: 14-04-2014

Department: 67 (Bas-Rhin)

Localization: Wasselonne

Hour: 10:20 p.m.

Numbers [sic] of witnesses: 2 persons

Type of observation: NL: Nocturnal Lights

Approximate duration of the observation: 10 minutes

What was seen: Flying object

Description of the facts:

When closing my shutters to go to bed I see a mass flying at a normal altitudes EXCEPT that by looking more carefully I realize the original shape of this thing and the color which it is made of... Being curious, I decide to take my binocular and I see it is triangular in shape, and really really bright you would have said the colors of a Christmas wreath (green orange red white yellow blue color) i could not really discern in detail because of the distance and brightness of the thing, shame my binocular did not allow to see the details...

A plane would make noise and would not remain static like that, I watched for abour fifteen minutes.

Patakrab

Discussion:

Since there is no quantitative indication such as angular size, angular speed of displacement, etc., it is difficult to understand what was seen.

The lack of noise may be due to remoteness underestimated for what would have been for example a more distant group of helicopters instead of a single plane.

And there is the possibility of Chinese lanterns. Certainly they usually appear orange colored, but lanterns of all colors are marketed:

Evaluation:

Possible group of helicopters or Chinese lanterns.

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 22, 2014 Creation, [of1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 22, 2014 First published.

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