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November 14, 1954, Apt, Vaucluse:

Reference number for this case: 14-Nov-54-Apt. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

An article in the regional newspaper Le Provençal for November 18, 1954 on page 9, reported via their Press correspondent that a "mysterious object" was seen on November 14, in the sky of Apt.

Around 08:30 p.m. that day, trustworthy people living in the district of the Plan saw in the sky, an enormous ball of fire, leaving behind itself a long luminous trail similar to a tail.

During its "progression in space", during one minute approximately, the "craft" changed color, passing from the white to the orange and vice versa.

After having undergone a horizontal trajectory, the ball went up vertically and disappeared to the eyes of the observers.

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A mysterious object in the sky of Apt

Apt. (C.P.).
Sunday, around 08:30 p.m., people worthy of faith living in the district of the Plan, in Apt, saw in the sky, an enormous ball of fire, leaving behind itself a long luminous trail similar to a tail.

During its progression in space, during one minute approximately, the machine in question changed color, passing from the white to the orange and vice versa.

After having undergone a horizontal trajectory, the ball went up vertically and disappeared to the eyes of the observers.

[Ref. vau1:] "VAUCLUSE UFOLOGIE" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14, 1954 - 08 : 30 p.m.

Reference 7

Several people observe in the skies a huge ball of fire that leaves behind a long, tail-like trail of light. This craft changes color in its race; it goes from white to orange, and vice versa. It follows a horizontal trajectory before climbing vertically to disappear from the sight of observers. The sighting lasted about a minute.

"Référence 7" refers to "Le Provençal".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 15 November 1954 at 20:30 in Apt, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed for over one minute."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

The whole description is that of a mateor, except for the statement that it "went up vertically" at the end. But this is only a Press article, and the journaliste might have misunderstood something like "went down vertically."

Keywords:

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Apt, Vaucluse, multiple, ball, fire, trailed, luminous, white, orange, horizontal, vertical, duration

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 26, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 14, 2019 Additions [vau1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Possible meteor."

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