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October 16 or 17, 1954, Condom, Gers:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Condom. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In his 1997 book on the French wave of 1954, Jean Sider indicated that the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 20, 1954, reported that in the night from October 16 to 17, 1954, near Condom in the Gers, credible people saw a fireball that paralyzed a young man.

Jean Sider quoted the newspaper like this:

"Within 800 meters of Condom, trustworthy (but anonymous) people saw in the night of Saturday to Sunday a ball of fire which paralysed a young man. No trace were found at the place where the object touched ground."

Reports:

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider has found in the newspaper "Sud-Ouest" for October 20, 1954, that in the night from October 16 to October 17, 1954, close to Condom in the Gers, credible people saw a ball of fire which paralysed a young man.

He quotes the newspaper:

"Within 800 meters of Condom, trustworthy (but anonymous) people saw in the night of Saturday to Sunday a ball of fire which paralysed a young man. No trace were found at the place where the object touched ground."

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in the Gers in Condom on October 16, 1954 at an unknown hour "During the night people saw a ball of fire which paralysed a young man."

The source is indicated to be my website: "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick ** http://ufologie.net" [This URL is the old URL of my home page.]

Explanations:

This could of course have been a meteor.

There is unfortunately not enough information to confirm or deny it, and the case seems to have never been the subject of any investigation or verification.

Keywords:

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

Condom, Gers, multiple, ball, fire, effect, paralysis, anonymous

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 12, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].

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