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October 16, 1954, Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne:

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


Apparently, ufologist Charles Garreau reported in his 1981 book that in Saint-Dizier in the Haute-Marne department, on October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m., there was an observation of an orange glow of flat shape flying at an estimated speed of 4000 to 6000 km per h.


[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel wrote about the October 16, 1954, 09:30 p.m. meteor:

THE TEST OF THE METEOR. October 16, as if it was purposely, a splendid meteor crossed the north of France towards 09:30 p.m.. It was observed on a score of departments by thousands of people, from the Allier to Lorraine and from the Swiss border to Paris. Naturally many witnesses believed to have seen a Flying Saucer and said so. The newspapers printed "Flying Saucer in Orly", or "in Montididier", or "in Metz." But once again the description made by all these weak brains appeared of a remarkable honesty.


The innumerable gathered testimonys show indeed that even when the witnesses called "Flying saucer" the observed object, their description is identical on 200.000 square kilometres where the visible phenomenon was visible: an "orange ball followed by a trail", a "large luminous ball with a tail", a "flying egg followed by a trail", a "bottle's bottom with a trail of thirty times its diameter", etc. The same phenomenon is uniformly described.


[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

The author of the database indicates that in Saint-Dizier in the Haute-Marne, on October 16, 1954 at 09:30 p.m., there was a sighting of an orange gleam of elongated shape evolving at a speed estimated from 4000 to 6000 km/h.

The source is indicated as "Alerte dans le ciel by Garreau Charles ** Alain Lefeuvre 1981".


The meteor of October 16, 1954, at 09:30 p.m..



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

Saint-Dizier, Haute-Marne, night, gleam, orange, elongated, fast


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