This article was published in the daily newspaper La Tribune de Sherbrooke, Canada, page 1, on October 29, 1954.
A celestial phenomenon is seen in Rome: a flying saucer?
ROME, (PA). -- Something strange, that taxi drivers say were the flying saucers, passed above Rome, on Thursday afternoon and a young journalist and Mrs. Clare Booth Luce, American ambassador, saw it.
The young journalist is Mauriozio Andreolo, of the Associated Press, which describes the "thing" as a shining silver coin. Mrs. Luce said: "I saw something, but I do not know what it was." The phenomenon passed above the city just before twilight. Via Veneto, where the American embassy is, this seemed to be a sort of moon which slipped by in the sky at a tremendous speed. "The thing" flew silently and seemed to us dimension of a part of 50 centimes," said the journalist Andreolo. He adds that he saw actually three phenomena, one following the other. A few minutes later, taxi drivers claimed to have seen bits of wool or cotton which fell from the sky and clung to telephone wires. The same phenomenon occurred in Tuscany. GIORNALE Of ITALIA of Rome proposes the following explanation: these strings could well be a new type of radar "jamming", similar to the tin schaff which were dropped by the bombers during the latest war, "jammers" which may be under tests by the Italian or allied aviation.
The thesis of "radar schaff" GIORNALE D'ITALIA is long obsolete for this type of sky debris.
Two thesis remain which may apply here: