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January 26, 1954, Pontailler-sur-Saône, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 26-Jan-54-Pontailler-sur-Saône. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, on page 5 for January 29, 1954, we read that about the "luminous phenomenon" of January 26, 1954 in the region, "Mssrs. Lucien Dumoulin and Gabriel Bernard, from Pontailler-sur-Saône, saw the purple beam."

From Press sources, ufologist and journalist Charles Garreau wrote that in Pontailler-sur-Saône in the department of Côte-d'Or, on January 26, 1954, at 04:45 a.m., workmen going to their work at the powder mill of Vonges suddenly saw the road completely illuminated by an intense clearness.

They distinguished the surrounding fields like in broad daylight. They then saw an object leaving a large luminous trail passing above them. It was very low and lasted only a few seconds.

Of course, Garreau and others later did not realize that this was the meteor that passed over the Côte-d'Or and the Vosges that day at 04:50 a.m.

Reports:

[Ref. bre1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

Scan.

The luminous phenomenon
of Tuesday was seen
throughout the region

Many testimonies have reached us about the luminous phenomenon seen in the region on Tuesday around 4:45 a.m.

Mssrs. Lucien Dumoulin and Gabriel Bernard, from Pontailler-sur-Saône, saw the purple beam. Mr. Maurice Monnet, of Tilchatel, was seized by the dazzling light.

In the Vosges, many people made the same observations at the same times.

Mr. and Mrs. Prost, from Chaumergy (Jura) by car near Le Deschaud, made out a luminous arrow heading north-west.

Mr. Guyenot, from Nuits-Saint-Georges, being near Seurre, in a truck, also saw it. Miss Paulette Vachey, from Heuilley-sur-Saône, was surprised by a great light illuminating the whole countryside, while a luminous trail passed quickly above her.

All these testimonies agree well, and one gets lost in conjectures on the cause of this phenomenon.

[Ref. via2:] "VIMANA 21" UFOLOGY BULLETIN:

54 01 26 / DIJON / 4H50 / NL / P /

Around 4:50, several people saw in the sky a lightning trail that moved noiselessly over the city.

Duration: a few seconds and low altitude. Observed in numerous places in the Côte d'Or: Pontailler, Saulon la Chapelle, Til Châtel, St Maurice sur Vingeanne and Nuits st Georges.

(Source: Alerte dans le ciel, Ch. Garreau, p. 104 to 106, Bien Public, 1/27/54)

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

A record indicates that in Pontailler-sur-Saone in the department of Côte-d'Or, on January 26, 1954, at 04:45 a.m., workmen going to their work at the powder mill of Vonges suddenly saw the road completely illuminated by an intense clearness. They distinguished the surrounding fields as in broad daylight. They then saw an object leaving large trainée luminous passing above them. The appearance is very low and lasts only a few seconds.

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

Explanations:

The meteor of January 26, 1954, at 04:50.

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Keywords:

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Pontailler-sur-Saône, Côte-d'Or, Lucien Dumoulin, Gabriel Bernard, multiple, workmen, illumination, night, duration, trail, luminous

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 24, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Additions [via2], Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 29, 2021 Addition [bre1]. Dans le Résumé, addition des informations venant de [bre1].

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