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October 28, 1954, Bagnols, Gard:

Reference for this case: 28-Oct-54-Bagnols.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


An article from the regional newspaper Le Provençal for October 30, 1954, evoked luminous bolides in the sky of Bagnols, reported by "trustworthy observers", around 9 p.m. on October 28, 1954.

Witnesses said that it was a blue flame, of a blue color approximating the flame of combustion of hydrogen observed in welding devices. The phenomenon was moving at high speed from East to West leaving behind a short red trail. Its passage over Bagnols lasted about 5 seconds, and it suddenly disappeared.

The newspaper notes that the observations are concordant, two of the witnesses who made their statements to them were located in Les Perieres, the third in the yard of the boys' school.




Luminous fireballs in the sky of Bagnols and Connaux (Gard)

Bagnols (C.P.).

Worthy of faith observers reported to us that they have observed Thursday evening, around 9 p.m., in the sky of Bagnols and Connaux, luminous phenomena of which they give the following description.

It was a blue flame, of a blue approaching the flame of combustion of hydrogen observed with welders. The phenomenon which moved at high speed from East to West left behind itself a short red trail. Its passage above Bagnols lasted 5 seconds approximately it suddenly disappeared.

The observations are concordant, two people having made us statements were place of Perières, the third in the yard of the boys school.

Another person observed a similar phenomenon with Connaux about the same hour.


Bessègues (C.P.).

Yesterday Friday, at 8 p.m., Mr. Albert Rivière, radio-engineer, 28 street of the Republic, in Bessègues, returned from Molières-sur-Cèze by car with a friend, when, in the hamlet of Revesty [sic, Revety], his attention was drawn by a definitely visible gleam in the sky, in the direction of Malbosc. During half an hour the witnesses observed the phenomenon.

The mysterious object, of an orange color drawing on the red with a large volume - several times that of a star - became suddenly smaller, while taking a bluish color. It also appeared to change altitude with a disconcerting ease.

Let's report that in a district of the Travers, about fifteen people stated to have seen at the same hour a luminous disc evolving in the sky. Their observations match exactly those of Mr. Rivière and his fellow traveler.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 28 October 1954 at 21:00 between Bagnols and Connaux, Bagnols, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by four witnesses."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)".

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541028 28.10.1954 Bagnols France 21.00 NL



Probable meteor.


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Bagnols, Gard, multiple, night, flame, blue, trail, red, fast, duration


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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross July 12, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 23, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 8, 2017 Addition [ubk1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 25, 2018 Addition of the Summary.

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