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September 10, 1954, Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommiers, Gironde:

Reference for this case: 10-Sep-54-Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommiers.
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Summary:

In a general catalog of observations of the Gironde written by the Bordeaux section of the CFRU, published in the ufology magazine Ouranos in the fourth quarter of 1973, it is said that according to the newspaper Sud-Ouest for September 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25, 1954, the following observation took place:

On September 10, 1954, at 08:40 p.m. in Bordeaux, dozens of witnesses in and around the suburbs of Bordeaux saw a machine in the shape of a fireworks rocket, with a rounded front ending in a cone of white lights, heading northwest or north-northwest.

At a given moment, a red circular glow was detached by turning from behind, then the whole was scattered without leaving any traces.

It is said that the same phenomenon was seen at Saint-Sulpice de Pommiers near Sauveterre de Guyenne.

The duration was about 20 seconds; the catalog of the ADRUP indicates: "Meteorite not excluded."

Reports:

[Ref. ous1:] "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

September 10, 1954 08:40 p.m. Bordeaux HA V2

Witnesses: several tens located in the suburbs of Bordeaux and the surrounding area. Craft in the shape of a fireworks rocket, the rounded front ending in a cone of white lights; heading towards NW or NNW. At a given time a red circular glow comes off turning from behind, then the whole disperses without leaving any traces. Same phenomenon seen at St-Sulpice de Pommiers near Sauveterre de Guyenne. Duration: about 20 seconds. Meteorite not excluded.

S.O. for 9/ 14, 16, 17, 18 /54

[Ref. ufa1:] UFOLOGY BULLETIN "UFOLOGIA":

Scan.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1954 08:40 p.m. Bordeaux HA/V 2

Witnesses: several dozen located in the suburbs of Bordeaux. Craft evoking a fireworks rocket, the rounded front ending in a cone of white fire, heading towards the NW or the NNW. At a given moment a red circular gleam is detached while turning from the back then the whole disperses without leaving trace. Same phenomenon seen at St-Sulpice de Pommiers near Sauveterre de Guyenne.

Duration: approximately 20 seconds. Meteorite not excluded.

(S.O. for September 14/15/16/17/18 and September 25, 1954)

Note: "HA" stands for "High Altitude"; "V 2" stands for "bad observations", a report for which it is difficult to rule out a misinterpretation.

Explanations:

Map.

Probable meteor.

Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommiers is at about 40 km in the South-East of Bordeaux.

The CFRU wrote "meteorite"; but this word is supposed to refer to the remnants of meteors that fall to the ground; which does not happen often because most of the time the stone is consumed in the atmosphere and nothing falls to the ground except the resulting dust. There is no mention of the slightest recovery, so it is appropriate to note a "meteor", not a "meteorite."

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Saint-Sulpice-de-Pommiers, Gironde, rocket, fireworks, rounded, cone, fire, white, direction, glow, circular, red

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross September 26, 2007 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 29, 2018 Addition [ous1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross May 23, 2022 Addition [ufa1].

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