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August 8, 1954, Remiremont, Vosges:

Reference number for this case: 8-Aug-54-Remiremont. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. jve1:] JACQUES VALLEE:

Jacques Vallée indicates that there had been four sightings in France on August 11, 1954, in Remiremont, Serezin, Contrexéville and Gerardmer.


F. Diolez of the French ufology group CNEGU set up a catalogue of cases in the Vosges, in November 1984, with the help of ufologist François Lagarde.

The catalogue indicates that on Sunday August 8, 1954 at 03:00 local time in Remiremont, the following observation took place and was reported in an article in La Liberté de l'Est for August 11, 1984.


EPINAL: We reported in our Monday issue that a "meteor" in the shape of a cigar, circulating horizontally, had been observed in the night from Saturday to Sunday above Contrexeville and VITTEL by several people worthy of faith. On this subject one of our readers from Epinal sent us a letter which confirms our information. Our occasional correspondent returned from the night festival in Remiremont, when at the exit of this city, he was, with his comrade, immobilized by a motorbike failure. At this time, he writes to us, my attention was suddenly attracted by a luminous phenomenon in the sky. I had time to inform my companion about it, who, like I, was a witness. It was exactly 3 hours of the morning. This "thing" moved horizontally at rather high altitude, in the North-eastern direction, and was visible during eight to ten seconds. It then disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared. "It made on us the effect of a cigar, or if you wish, of a disc seen from the side. The object of an incandescent white in the front, followed of a point of apparently orange red flame, finished by a whitish luminous zone." Approximately a minute afterwards, we heard a weak deaf and remote explosion. If this was related to the phenomenon, I do not know. " This phenomenon must be that which you report in your issue of today, noted in Contrexeville." Thus the information that we had given is confirmed with all the more confidence that it resulted from several concordant testimonies."

The author of the catalogue indicates that this is the entire article, and that La Liberté de l'Est for August 12, 1954 whose integral article is shown now reported:


"One of our friends from LAVAL, Mr. PERRIN, farmer, had during these last nights, to go up to alleviate his dogs who did not stop barking. His amazement was great when he saw in the sky a luminous apparatus having the shape of a large cigar, which left behind it a shower of sparks. This mysterious machine went quickly in the direction of BRUYERES."

The author comments on that there is the possibility that it was the same phenomenon in Remiremont, Epinal, Contrexeville and Vittel and he notes that the directions are in agreement.

He notes that it there is on one side a meteor with a trail and an explosion, and on the other side a cigar which perhaps made the motorbike engine stall and frightened the dogs.

He points out that this case is partially quoted by Jacques Vallée in "Phénomènes Insolites de l'espace" on page 176/177 but dated from the 11th, what appears false and that some doubt remains on the other hand for the exact date which could be on August 1 and not the 8 for this multiple observation.

He notes that this article of La Liberté de l'Est reported on August 11, 1954, a power failure on August 9, 1954 in the evening around 9 p.m. because of a tree which had fallen down on the power line Bruyères-Laveline, and that many people had noticed at this hour a great blue gleam in the sky in direction of Laveline, which could be caused by that tree falling on that power line.

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website says that on 11 August 1954 at 03:00 in Remiremont, France, "Compass deflection case. Compasses spin, all types of electromagnetic effects in three separate towns."

And: "At three o'clock in the morning a compass started spinning wildly and other types of EM effects occurred in Remiremont, France and two other towns when at least one UFO briefly flew over."

And: "Objects were observed. Electromagnetic effects were noted. More than one object was observed by numerous witnesses in a pasture briefly."

The sources are noted as Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.


Perfect description of a meteor.

The story of the spinning compass is obviously another case.


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

Remiremont, Vosges, Perrin, multiple, motor bike, breakdown, cigar, powerline, trail, explosion, meteor, red, orange, white, night


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

Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross April 9, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 6, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 23, 2010 Additions [jve1], [uda1].

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