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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 Innenheim, on July 16, 2014:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2014-07-16-INNENHEIM-1

Summary:

A man sent me an email on July 16, 2014, saying he had seen a UFO over Molsheim that morning at 10:39 from the highway at the level of "hittenheim". The UFO was above Molsheim, it flew in a straight line to Rosheim and Obernai and further maybe, then accelerated in the same direction but going up to the sky.

The man called it a "UFO" because according to him neither a small plane nor a drone would fly so low over Molsheim, nor so quickly during the ascent.

He added that he also saw six orange balls on July 14 at 01:30 in Gresswiller, and that when he returned to his car, all the radio stations had changed.

Finally, he had seen three orange balls lined up above Saverne, it seems to him, in May.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: July 16, 2014
Time: 10:39
Duration: ?
First known report date: July 16, 2014
Reporting delay: Hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Innenheim
Place: From the highway near Innenheim, UFO in the sky.
Latitude: 48.515
Longitude: 7.558
Uncertainty ratio: 4 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: Adult or aged.
Witness(es) types: Man.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email directly to me.
Type of location: From highway, UFO in the sky.
Visibility conditions: Day
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: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: UFO

Classifications:

Hynek: ?
ALSACAT: Possible Chinese lantern.

Sources:

[Ref. pg1:] EMAIL SENT TO ME:

Subject: Ufo molsheim
Sent: July 16, 2014, 9:20 PM
From: [Name or alias] [pseudo]@hotmail.fr
To: patrick.gross@inbox.com

Hello,,i saw,this morning 10:39, from the highway at the level of hittenheim a ufo above Molsheim flying in straight line until Rosheim and Obernai and maybe further on,,then it accelerated in the same direction but going up to the sky,,,i say ufo becaus a small plane would no fly as low on molsheim and as fast during its assent,no dron is capable of that too,,,,,,,also saw 6 orange balls on july 14 at 0:h30 in gresswiller,and by going back into the car,all the radio stations had changed,,,also saw three orange balls alined above it seems to me in the month of may,,,is there a meeting club about thes phrnomen in Alsace???thanks

Discussion:

About the UFO over Molsheim: no description of the thing is given. There is no reason to exclude a Chinese lantern, especially as the timeframe is favorable, and the other cases mentioned, especially for July 14, seem to have been Chinese lanterns.

Hittenheim does not exist. Not far from two highway, the A35 and the A352, and not far from Molsheim, is Innenheim.

Evaluation:

Possible Chinese lantern.

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 January 26, 2014 Creation, [pg1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 26, 2014 First published.

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