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The 1954 French flap:

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October 14, 1954, Cavillargues, Gard:

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

Summary:

In their 1979 book claiming to be a demonstration that there was nothing unexplainable in France in 1954, the "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Bartel and Jacques Brucker indicated without giving any source that on October 14, 1954, in Cavillargues, at approximately 06:30 p.m., there was an observation.

They say they investigated and contacted two witnesses, who spoke of a sphere of fire and a trail of sparks, whereas the press had talked of a halt to the phenomenon.

Reports:

[Ref. bbr1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two "skeptical" authors note this case of October 14, 1954:

"Cavillargues - 30 - At about 06:30 p.m.: investigation. (Two witnesses contacted). Sphere of fire, plus trail of sparks. The press talked about a stop of the phenomenon."

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

This database recorded this case twice:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541014 14.10.1954 Cavillargues France 18.30
19541015 15.10.1954 Cavillargues France 08.00

Explanations:

The meteor of 06:10 p.m.

Of course this was the meteor; but it is interesting to note that the newsly "skeptical" pair Barthel and Brucker did all the mistakes that so-called "believers" are so often accused of:

Keywords:

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

Cavillargues, Gard, ball, sphere, fire, trail, sparks, stop

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 30, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 8, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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