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January 7, 1954, Serqueux, Seine-Maritime:

Reference number for this case: 7-Jan-54-Serqueux. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the context of the explosion of a meteor perceived from Dieppe and the surroundings, on January 7, 2019, the newspaper Le Provençal for January 8, 1954, reported that people of Serqueux, a village located 50 kilometers southeast of Dieppe, categorically claimed to have seen the light coming from the direction of Dieppe.

This quite commonplace event ended up without source, details or explanation, in a German ufology database on the Web in the 2000s.

Reports:

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

A mysterious craft explodes in the sky of Dieppe

DIEPPE (A.F.P.).
Yesterday morning, between 4:30 and 05:15 nearly 70 dockers of the Dieppe harbor saw in the sky a blinding gleam followed, four minutes later, of a formidable explosion which opened very many doors and broke the windows of the houses of the city.

Most of the Dieppe residents were awaked by this deafening noise. It does not seem that it can be an hallucination for testimonys are very numerous and agree on almost all the points. Only certain divergences are recorded among the witnesses with regard to the direction of the gleam which, according to the ones, came from the North and according to the others, from the West.

The mail van which ensures the traffic between Dieppe and Rouen was around the first of these two cities at the time when the gleam occurred. But, according to the two occupants of this vehicle, the explosion occurred only eight minutes after the gleam.

Witnesses are categorical

The semaphore of Dieppe was put in relation to that of Fécamp and those of all the small habors of the seaside. All agree to state that the phenomenon was seen in these various points. On the other hand the semaphore of Le Havre did not notice anything.

However, several witnesses from Mailleraye, localised approximately 80 kilometers approximately in the south-east of Dieppe, and at Serqueux, village at 50 kilometers in the south-east of Dieppe, are categorical: they saw the gleam which came from the direction of Dieppe.

Lastly, it is necessary to stress that one week ago approximately, a small fishing boat arrived in Dieppe very sifted of small pieces which may come from an aerolite.

One loses oneself for the moment in conjectures about the nature of this strange phenomenon.

Same phenomenon in Orchies-en-Arras

Lille (A.F.P).
Yesterday morning, at 04:27, a railroad worker which took his service in the station of Orchies, saw in the sky a disc of fire which moved horizontally at a vertiginous speed. A luminous trail followed the reddish disc in its trajectory.

The same phenomenon was seen about the same hour in Arras. A witness stated to have seen the disc motionless one moment in the sky, but he did not have the time to contemplate it. It began again its race immediately and disappeared at the horizon.

[Ref. bre1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

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Mysterious phenomenon in the Dieppe region

A blinding glow
followed by a great
explosion

A little earlier, a disk of fire
had been seen, moving in the sky
at a dizzying pace

Dieppe, 7 (A.F.P.). -- This morning, between 4:30 a.m. and 5:15 a.m., nearly 70 dockers from the port of Dieppe saw a blinding glow in the sky, followed, four minutes later, by a formidable explosion which opened many doors and smashed several windows of houses in the city.

Most of the residents of Dieppe were woken up by this deafening noise. It does not seem that it could be a hallucination, because the testimonies are very numerous and agree on almost all points.

There are only some discrepancies among the witnesses regarding the direction of the light, which, according to some, came from the north and, according to others, from the west.

The postal car that provides traffic between Dieppe and Rouen was in the vicinity of the first of these two cities at the time of the glow. But, according to the two occupants of this vehicle, the explosion did not occur until eight minutes after the glow.

The Dieppe semaphore got in touch with that of Fécamp and with those of all the small ports on the coast. Everyone agrees that the phenomenon has been seen at these different points. However, the Le Havre semaphore found nothing.

However, several witnesses living in La Mailleraye, a village located approximately eighty kilometers south of Dieppe, and in Serqueux, a village 50 kilometers south-east of Dieppe, are categorical: they saw the light, which came from the direction of Dieppe.

Finally, it should be noted that about a week ago, a fishing boat arrived in Dieppe all riddled with small shards that could come from a fireball.

For the moment, we are getting lost in conjectures about the nature of this strange phenomenon.

Continued on page 8, under the title
PHENOMENON

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PHENOMENON

This morning at 4:27 a.m., a railway employee, who was on duty at the Orchies station, saw a disc of fire moving in the sky at a dizzying pace. A luminous trail followed the glowing disc in its path.

The phenomenon was seen around the same time in Arras. A witness said he saw the disc motionless for a moment in the sky, but did not have time to contemplate it. It immediately resumed its course and disappeared on the horizon.

A FIREBALL?

It is very likely, according to the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, that the phenomenon observed this morning in the Dieppe region was nothing but a fireball. The very time at which this observation was made - shortly before sunrise [!] - helps to support this opinion. But, it is added, such explosions are not very rare and many others have been recorded all over the world.

We know that fireballs are bodies whose origin and composition are not well known and which, moving in the sky with extreme rapidity, heat up when they come into contact with the Earth's atmosphere due to the resistance that it opposes to them. It is then that they become incandescent. Sometimes they pass without being noticed other than by a luminous trail. Sometimes they explode silently, sometimes with an explosion sound. It also happens that they fall on the surface of the globe, whole or fragmented: this is the origin of aerolite falls.

[Ref. ppe1:] "PARIS-PRESSE" NEWSPAPER:

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The Dieppe flying saucers:

Fireballs,
savants think

THE EMOTION raised by the appearance in the sky of Dieppe during two following nights of "balls of fire" is not yet quiet down. The phenomenon was not only observed by the dockers of Dieppe, but also by S.N.C.F. employees in Serqueux, by postmen in Rouen, by all the semaphore operators of Dieppe to Fécamp, and by the market gardeners of Forges-les-Eaux, Neuchâtel-en-Bray and of La Mailleraye. At about the same hour the ball of fire was also seen by a witness in Arras.

While popular opinion is convinced that these are "flying saucers", observers from the Paris Astrophysical Institute think of a fireball.

[Ref. lcx1:] NEWSPAPER "LA CROIX":

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A fireball explodes
in the sky
of Dieppe

Thursday morning, nearly 70 dockers from the port of Dieppe saw a blinding glow in the sky, followed, four minutes later, by a formidable explosion, which opened many doors and smashed the windows of houses in the city.

Most of the inhabitants of Dieppe were woken up by this deafening noise.

The keeper of the Dieppe semaphore got in touch with his colleague from Fécamp and with those of all the small ports on the coast. Everyone agrees that the phenomenon was seen at these different points.

On the other hand, the keeper of the Le Havre semaphore did not notice anything.

However, several witnesses living in La Mailleraye, a locality located approximately 80 kilometers south of Dieppe, and in Serqueux, a village 50 kilometers south-east of Dieppe, are adamant: they saw the light coming from the direction of Dieppe.

It is very likely, according to the Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, that the phenomenon observed in the Dieppe region was nothing but a fireball. The very time at which this observation was made - shortly before sunrise - helps to support this view. But, one adds, such explosions are not very rare, and one could record many others on all the surface of the globe.

[Ref. aml1:] AIME MICHEL:

This ufologist indicates that on January 7, 1954, the whole sky of the Seine-Inférieure department was lighted by a general fire. The light was so intense that during half a minute, the railways employees of Serqueux were able to read the serial numbers of the wagons.

He indicates that in the evening, a spkesperson of the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris stated:

"Il is very likely that the phenomenon observed this morning in the Dieppe region was nothing else than a fireball."

Aimé Michel states further on that it is the best explanation for most of the observations in that region that morning.

[Ref. rct1:] ROBERT CATINAT:

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The luminous phenomenon [of Dieppe on January 7, 1954] was seen in Fécamp and in many small ports on the coast, but one did not see anything in Le Havre. At La Mailleraye (80 km S of Dieppe) and in Serqueux (50 km S of Dieppe) one saw the light that came from the direction of this city.

[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
19540107 07.01.1954 Serqueux France

Explanations:

The January 7, 1954, meteor.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Serqueux, Seine-Maritime, gleam

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross November 30, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross January 31, 2019 Addition of the Summary.
1.2 Patrick Gross January 12, 2020 Addition [ppe1].
1.3 Patrick Gross January 18, 2020 Addition [rct1].
1.4 Patrick Gross January 8, 2021 Addition [lcx1], [bre1].

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