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November 4, 1954, Pontivy, Morbihan:

Reference for this case: 4-Nov-54-Pontivy.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The newspaper Les Nouvelles du Morbihan for November 14, 1954, reported that Thursday, November 4, 1954, at approximately 7 a.m., a number of residents of Pontivy going to their workplace had seen an atmospheric phenomenon in the sky: a dazzling light which illuminated "the space" for a few seconds.

Several people the newspaper interviewed stated it was a bright ball projecting a lightning of white light. The newspaper added that this phenomenon was also seen in the surrounding countryside.

Reports:

[Ref. lnm1:] NEWSPAPER "LES NOUVELLES DU MORBIHAN":

On Thursday November 4, numerous residents of Pontivy going to their work saw an atmospheric phenomenon in the sky. It was nearly 7 when they saw a dazzling light which lighted the space during a few seconds. Several people whom we questioned declared that it was a luminous ball projecting a white light like a flash. This phenomenon was also seen in the surrounding countryside.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Scan.

November 4 [1954], 7 a.m., Le Sourn, Morbihan

(This case is more or less well corroborated by other sightings made that same morning in the region, some of which deserve a short quotation. J.S.)

Leaving their farm at 6:30 a.m., MM. Jacques Leclainche and Joseph Postic, farmers in Locmaria, were surprised to find that one was able to see as clearly as in daylight. They distinguished, at a low height, an oval craft, white and of great luminosity; which disappeared towards the south, as if rolling on itself.

It is apparently the same phenomenon that Mrs. Le Corre, from Kervern, witnessed, also at 6:30 a.m. Other witnesses, in Guériellec, in Kermer, in Kerlay and in Melrand, provided very similar testimonies.

At 7 a.m., the phenomenon was observed by several residents of Pontivy. Around the same time, a farmer from Kerhulu [a place near Le Sourn], who was driving his horse to the blacksmith, arriving near Kerserre [?], near of Le Sourn, was literally dazzled by two very bright lights, seeming to come from two headlights. The man and the animal remained for a moment frozen in place by fear. Almost immediately, a craft rose from the ground, gained height, and disappeared.

Dazzled by the light, the man could not make out many details. He estimates that the craft could measure between 5 and 7 m in length.

Later, when the day came, he returned to the scene to search for possible traces, but found none. It should be noted that at the time of his observation, a resident of the town noticed a luminous ball in the sky, so luminous "that one could have seen a pin on the ground."

source:

Les Nouvelles du Morbihan, Vannes, 11/14/54. p.4

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Morbihan in Pontivy, on November 4, 1954 at 07:00 hours, there is an observation by several residents of a luminous aerial phenomenon.

The source is indicated as "Lumières dans la Nuit".

Explanations:

Map.

The meteor of November 4, 1954, at about 07:15 a.m.

Below: map of the places mentionned in {jsr1}, in the Morbihan department. The yellow line shows 30 km.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Pontivy, Morbihan, duration, multiple, light, luminous, dazzling, flash, ball, white

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 1, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 18, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 15, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross June 22, 2022 Addition [jsr1].

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