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October 17, 1954, Liglet, Vienne:

Reference number for this case: 17-Oct-54-Liglet. 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 there was a case on October 17, 1954, at 09:30 p.m., in Liglet in the department of Vienne, reported in the newspaper Le Libre Poitou for October 20, 1954, in these words:

"Mr. André Roche, driver, was at the wheel of his bus, on the Poitiers-Liglet line. He suddenly saw a luminous ball of white color followed with a tail of greenish colour, which seemed to start from ground. The phenomenon took the direction of St Hilaire sur Bénaize (Indre) after having risen at a vertiginous pace, to get lost in space."

Reports:

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider discovered this case of October 17, 1954, 09:30 p.m. in Liglet in the department of Vienne in the newspaper "Le Libre Poitou" for October 20, 1954. He gives the contents of the article of this newspaper as such:

"Mr. André Roche, driver, was at the wheel of his bus, on the Poitiers-Liglet line. He suddenly saw a luminous ball of white color followed with a tail of greenish colour, which seemed to start from ground. The phenomenon took the direction of St Hilaire sur Bénaize (Indre) after having risen at a vertiginous pace, to get lost in space."

Explanations:

Probable meteor.

Keywords:

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

Liglet, Vienne, Saint Hilaire sur Bénaize, André Roche, ball, luminous, white, trail, green, road, night, bus, fast

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross December 12, 2019 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet.".

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