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UFOs in the daily Press:

Chinese lanterns, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper L'Avenir d'Auchel, Auchel, Pas-de-Calais, France, page 5, on October 9, 1954.

See the case file.




In the night from Friday to Saturday, passers-by were intrigued by an illuminated craft; which crisscrossed the sky. Alerted, the rural guard noticed this phenomenon which tended to get closer to the ground to come and land in a pasture belonging to Mr. Monvoisin, cultivator at Sailly-Labourse. All the folks went on the spot, and found as flying saucer, a simple paper balloon with a height of 1.20 meter.

What was it about?

A brave retiree, Mr. Dollivera [sic], 60, living on the Route Nationale in Buevry [sic] spends his spare time making paper balloons, some of which are sometimes 6 and 7 meters long. He had placed in this balloon asbestos soaked in petroleum that he had lit! In short, he was using Montgolfier's process...

Before the last war, Mr. Dollivera already made these kinds of balloons for the national day of July 14.

That's enough to feed the Daily Press hungry for flying saucers!

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