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August 31, 1954, Lyon, Rhône:

Reference number for this case: 31-Aug-54-Lyon. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In a routine CIA report of October 25, 1954, about the sightings of unidentified flying objects, it appeared that according to the Senegalese newspaper Paris-Dakar for September 2, 1954, it was reported that at 08:15 p.m. on August 31, 1954, Henri Tardy saw a flying object in the shape of a short, sturdy cigar flying from east to west over Lyon.

The object was bluish-green in color and emitted sparks from its tail. It disappeared in a few seconds towards the broadcasting antenna of Mont Verdon.

Reports:

[Ref. cia1:] CIA:

CLASSIFICATION [Blackened out]

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
INFORMATION FROM
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS OR RADIO BROACASTS

  CO NO.: ..
COUNTRY: Non-Orbit   DATE OF INFORMATION: 1954
SUBJET: Military - Unidentified flying objects  
HOW PUBLISHED: Daily newspapers   DATE DIST.: 25 oct 1954
WHERE PUBLISHED: As indicated   NO. OF PAGES: 3
DATE PUBLISHED: 5 Jul - 2 Sep 1954  
LANGUAGES: Various   SUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.:
[Blackened out] [Blackened out]   THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION
SOURCE: As indicated  

SIGHTINGS OF UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS

[... (Previous reports)]

UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT OVER LYON -- Dakar, Paris-Dakar, 2 Sep 54

At 2015 hours on 31 August 1954, Henri Tardy is reported to have seen a flying object in the shape of a short, fat cigar flying from east to west over Lyon. The object was bluish-green in color and emitted sparks from its tail. It disappeared in a few seconds towards the radio beacon of Mount Verdon.

[... (Next reports)]

[Ref. lgs1:] LOREN GROSS:

Swarms of UFOs.

By the last days of August Europe was swarming with UFOs if we can believe reports from Villacoublay, Brittany, Anger, Amiens, Lyon, and the Paris region of France; Munich and Berlin in Germany; Innsbruck in Austria; Trieste in Italy; and Stone and Stafford in England; to name a few. The visitation at Villacoublay on the 29th was seen and reported by military and technical personnel stationed at the French air base located in the vicinity. 214.

Explanations:

Obvious description of a meteor.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Lyon, Rhône, Henri Tardy, blue, green, cigar, elongated, fat, sparks, tail, trail, meteor

Sources:

[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 22, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 25, 2016 Addition [lgs1].
1.2 Patrick Gross Jauly 4, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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