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January 9, 1954, Molain, Jura:

Reference number for this case: 9-Jan-54-Molain. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


The newspaper La Republique for January 12, 1954, reported that on January 9, 1954, Mr. Formet, a trader who happened to be from the group of hunters that witnessed a fireball in Poligny, reported that by delivering a cooker in Molain on the afternoon of January 9, 1954, he learned from residents that the same phenomenon had been observed there at around 8 a.m.

Charles Garreau, then journalist of La Bourgogne Républicaine and already a flying saucers enthusiast, had put the observations of this day on a map to show that since the thing had zigzagged, it was not a meteor. He had naively taken for granted the hours quoted, whereas most of them were, of course, only approximate hours. It is because of this that some still speak of a "sudden change of course" of phenomenon, but it was not so.




In Poligny, three young hunters hunting near the bridge of La Ferté were surprised to suddenly see a ball of red light seeming to rotate while projecting sparks and leaving a bluish trail. This machine coming from the direction of Mount Sous Vaudrey moved towards Saint-Cyr. Our three hunters had the time to observe the phenomenon during 5 to 7 seconds without hearing noise.

In addition, Mr Formet, a salesman, who was being among the group of hunters, reports that by delivering a cooker to Molain, Saturday afternoon, the residents told him about the same phenomenon observed the morning towards 8 a.m.



The January 9, 1954, 07:48 a.m. meteor.



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