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October 5, 1954, Saint-Loubès, Gironde:

Reference number for this case: 5-Oct-54-Saint-Loubès. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In a general catalog of sighting reports of the Gironde written by the Bordeaux section of the C.F.R.U., published in the ufology magazine Ouranos in the fourth quarter of 1973, it is said that according to the Sud-Ouest newspaper for October 7, 1954, the following observation occurred:

On October 5, 1954, at 11:00 p.m. in "Cavernes" - actually the place called Port-de-Caverne in Saint-Loubès - Mr. Loubières, of Saint-Loubès, reportedly saw a misty sphere, of greenish yellow color, 10 meters in diameter, over a fence 50 meters from him. After moving slowly close to the ground, it slipped away at a dizzying pace as Mr. Loubières approached, crossing the wires of a high-voltage line.

The source was given as the newspaper Sud-Ouest for October 7, 1954.

Reports:

[Ref. ous1: "OURANOS" UFOLOGY MAGAZINE:

October 5, 1954 11 p.m. Cavernes QA V4

Witness: Mr. Loubières of St-Loubés. Misty sphere, greenish yellow, 10 meters in diameter over a fence 50 meters from the witness. After moving slowly close to the ground, it slipped away at a dizzying pace as the witness approached, crossing the wires of a high-voltage line.

S.O. 7 Oct. 54

[Ref. fru1:] MICHEL FIGUET AND JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 5, 1954 at 11:00 p.m., in the department of Gironde, at the location "Port-de-Cavernes" location, there was a sighting of a yellow-greenish vaporous sphere of 10 meters in diameter, moving slowly near the ground before disappearing at a vertiginous pace when the witness approached.

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3987: 1954/10/05 23:00 2 0:26:20 W 44:56:00 N 3333 WEU FRN GRN 6:6

PORT-de-CAVERNES,FR:MISTY ORB > SLO nr GND:AWAY/DIZZY SPEED WHEN APPROACHED

Ref# 30 FIGEUT[sic]&RUCHON: OVNI: Le 1er Dossier Page No. 125 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Gironde in St Loubès on October 5, 1954 at 23:00 hours at the location "port Cavernes", there was an observation of a yellow-greenish vaporous sphere, 10 meters in diameter, moving slowly near the ground before disappearing at a vertiginous pace when the witness approached.

Luc Chastan indicates that the source is "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** Alain Lefeuvre pub. 1979."

Explanations:

Unidentified, but unknown credibility and poor information.

One could think of a corona effect caused by the high-voltage line. But this is not so obvious since this effect does not leave the cables, in principle.

Then there is the possibility of ball lightning, assuming the size was not "10 meters in diameter", but 10 centimeters.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Loubès, Gironde, Port-de-Cavernes, Loubières, night, sphere, vapor, yellow, green, slow, low, fast

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 4, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 5, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 25, 2018 Addition [ous1].
1.2 Patrick Gross December 5, 2019 Addition [lhh1].
1.3 Patrick Gross December 13, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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