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September 28, 1954, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 28-Sep-54-Marseille. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In an article in the regional newspaper Le Provençal, of Marseilles, for September 30, 1954, one learns that "Tuesday in the night" - thus on September 28, 1954 - several people had phoned to report "that a round, luminous craft had been seen off Marseilles, above the Planier lighthouse."

The newspaper told that the "saucer" stopped for a few seconds to the right of the lighthouse and disappeared to the north.

Reports:

[Ref. lpl1:] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

A MYSTERIOUS CRAFT BETWEEN SAINT-LAURENT-D'AIGOUZE AND AIGUEMORTE

"I HAVE SEEN A SAUCER CIRCLED OF FLAMES POSED IN A FIELD CLOSE TO THE ROAD"

states a conveyor of Nimes who attended the silent take-off of the object

[illegible] several people phoned [illegible] to inform of a new appearance.

Tuesday in the night, two phone calls taught us that a round and luminous machine had been seen off Marseille, above the Planier lighthouse. The "saucer" stopped during a few seconds at the right of the headlight and disappeared towards the North.

In the Gard

A conveyor from Nimes claims to have seen, a few days ago, whereas he was on his tour, a flying saucer stopped between the communities of St-Laurent-d'Aigouze and Aigues-Mortes.

"It was approximately 4 hours of the morning, he told us, and I was at the steering wheel of my car when my attention was drawn by the presence, at a hundred meters of the road, of a circle of small flames, similar, by their distribution and their color, with those of a gas ring. As there was a little fog, I could not distinguish more and I do not know which is the shape of the object from where these flames emanated.

"I stopped my car at once, but at this moment, I saw the flames start to turn in round, faster and faster, while lying down, and at the end of a few seconds, the circle rose and disappeared without any noise.

"At the time of its disappearance, there was nothing any more but only one very long flame which shone like a comet tail."

Continuation on page 12 under the title:
FLYING SAUCERS

Explanations:

The lighthouse projector on a cloud layer is a possible explanation.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, night, multiple, round, luminous, lighthouse, Planier, stop, movement

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 19, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 21, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross September 29, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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