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October 18, 1954, Burbure, Pas-de-Calais:

Reference number for this case: 18-Oct-54-Burbure. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The regional newspaper La Croix du Nord, of Lille, reported on October 21, 1954, that "Monday", therefore on October 18, 1954, around 9 p.m., in Burbure, Mr. Marcel Delobelle, his daughter Mrs. Leleu, and the young Georgina Leleu, had seen in the sky, towards Lillers, a ball of fire for a few seconds: which left behind a trail of sparks.

They said it was not a shooting star.





Saucer and signs of the times


The saucers have become the sea serpent of our time. Rich seam for the sensation press which draws from it their phantastic [sic] stories. A few days ago, we were told that a "phosphorescent cigar" had landed near Châteaubriand, in front of a 13-year-old boy who said:

"A little man dressed in gray and wearing boots came down, showing his craft and telling me in French without accent: Look but do not touch! The Martian put his left hand on my shoulder. In the right hand he was holding a kind of luminous ball, which made flames burst. A moment later, the visitor climbed back into his craft, which left vertically and silently."

Near Toulouse, three people also claim to have seen a "Martian", 1.10 m high, dressed like a driver, get out of a saucer surrounded by a sparkling light.

These stories remind us of that of a brave traveler, a stutterer, who returned from Africa, claimed to have met in the rain forest a gorilla, which had extended his hand to him saying "Hi, White!" It was since then that he stuttered... but this traveler had a sense of humor...

To immediately identify a "Martian" in a little man speaking "French without an accent", you have to be haunted by one of these "anticipation" novels that swarm today especially in the USA

Continued on the last page under the title: "FLYING SAUCERS"



Vienne, 20. -- A "Stratojet" plane which flies over the Rhône valley every day, at an altitude of around 10,000 meters was mistaken on Tuesday by some people for a flying saucer.

The president instructor of the Aéro-Club de Vienne, immediately dissuaded overly imaginative witnesses, but a strange phenomenon occurred after the passage of the powerful jet plane. In fact, sorts of parachutes were created in the sky, animated by bizarre movements and having the appearance of light veils which soon reached the ground.

Witnesses of the phenomenon grabbed this material very soft to the touch and having a little the consistency of rubber. On reaching the ground, it evaporated, probably under the influence of temperature.

One of the witnesses put some of the substance in a box and had it photographed immediately. A few hours later, what remained in this waterproof box had evaporated.

This phenomenon, due to the condensation in the rarefied and cold atmosphere of certain compounds of the fuel of the "Stratojet" can cause white or iridescent formations moving at high speed at high altitude and thus give rise to more or less fanciful interpretations.

This observation, made above the Vienne aerodrome, is identical to that already reported in its time by a resident of Oloron.

A meteor in Burbure?

Monday around 9 p.m., at Burbure Mr. Marcel Delobelle, his daughter Mrs. Leleu and the young Georgina Leleu saw in the sky, towards Lillers, a ball of fire that appeared to them for a few seconds and left behind a trail of sparks. They claim it was not a shooting star.


The October 18, 1954, meteor.


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Burbure, Pas-de-Calais, night, Marcel Delobelle, Leleu, Georgina Leleu, Lillers, ball, fire, brief, trail, sparks


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