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January 9, 1954, Molain, Jura:

Reference for this case: 9-Jan-54-Molain.
Please cite this reference 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.


[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:



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January 9

06:15 a.m.: Lorraine and Jura: (meteor?)

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


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 26, 2019 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross November 20, 2021 Addition [gqy1].

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