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UFOs in the Press

The 1954 saucer flap in the daily Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper The Bee, Danville, Virginia, USA, on page 14, on October 20, 1954.



MAP LOCATES the "flying saucers" reports which poured into news offices recently, all in a 24-hour period. Strangely, even weirdly, they're all outside of the United States. The question is, are they "something" or is it just a fever that has spread from the "flying saucer" epidemic in America. (Central Press)

WEST GERMANY -- In Munster, man said he saw a cigar-shaped craft hovering six feet from the ground. In Frankfurt, pupils of a glider school told of "slightly swollen silvery disc" moving noiselessly.

BELGIUM -- Near Namur a man, carrier reported a "flying cigar" which rose as he approached. He said he saw two silhouettes "roughly human in shape" aboard.

LEBANON -- Disc reported hanging motionless over seashore while giving off faint white light. It took off vertically. Second report was of a red ball moving about 600 feet above the sea.

EGYPT -- In Alexandria several hundred witnesses told of a luminous object which changed from red to orange as it streaked through the sky.

THE FRENCH CAMEROON -- A "brilliant" object shaped like a mushroom reported hovering at 1,900 feet.

ARGENTINA -- Three motorists in Buenos Aires told of a luminous craft which hung motionless, then rose vertically at tremendous speed, trailing a stream of flames and making no noise.

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