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October 9, 1954, Cize, Jura:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, from Dijon, told on page 4 for October 13, 1954, the following misinterpretation:

On October 9, 1954, when a power failure had put the small village of Cize into complete darkness, two men arrived one after the other and said they saw a saucer posed at the place called "Gerland", at the exit of Champagnole. The first, Mr. Laboul-Colin, arriving in a hurry on a motorbike, and said he had seen red and white lights circling in the open field.

The second man, Mr. Chiadot, former mayor of Sapois, who came by bicycle, made exactly the same statement.

In Mr. Lacroix's establishment around the lantern, there was soon a crowd, with the village gathered. Mr. Robert Ghini, mayor of Cize, was alerted, while the witnesses told again and again what they had seen: "It was going in circles and was illuminated! We heard nothing."

A few people went to the scene, and it was discovered that the "saucer" were the lights of the tractor of Mr. Fernand Grossen, municipal councilor, who was plowing his fields in the moonlight.

Reports:

[Ref. lbr1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

Scan.

HAVING LANDED DURING
A POWER FAILURE IN THE VILLAGE

THE "SAUCER" OF CIZE
COULD NO LONGER FLY

Actually, the mysterious craft
was just a farm tractor

Champagnole (from our C.P.). -- In Champagnole, some are obsessed with the saucers. One talks about it constantly and we have been put to the test in recent days to check the various reports of saucers seen in the skies... or even on the ground!

Here is the latest story that was told to me and that stirred up a whole village.

Saturday evening, while a power failure had plunged the small village of Cize into complete darkness, two men arrived one after the other and declared to have seen a saucer posed at the location called "Gerland", at the exit of Champagnole. The first, Mr. Laboul-Colin arriving hastily on a motorcycle, gave a detailed description of what he had seen. Red and white lights circling in the open field. The saucer, obviously could not fly!

We had to go and see right away. The second, Mr. Chiadot, ex-mayor of Sapois, who came by bicycle, made exactly the same statements. In M. Lacroix's establishment around the lantern, there was soon a crowd. The whole village was there, gathered. We alerted Mr. Robert Ghini, mayor of Cize. For the n...th time the two witnesses specified what they had seen: "It was going in circles and was illuminated! We heard nothing."

A few people came to the scene. We quickly had the explanation of the phenomenon. But we were careful not to tell the two brave fellows who, in good faith, tirelessly, began their story over to the laughter of the assembly.

Now perhaps they have been informed.

Mr. Fernand Grossen, city councilor, was plowing his fields in the moonlight, with a tractor, all lights on!

Explanations:

Negative case, tractor lights.

As the witnesses said they heard no sound from the "saucer", one understand that they must have seen it from some distance.

Map.

Keywords:

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Cize, Jura, negative case, tractor, headlights, lights, luminous, Fernand Grossen, Laboul-Colin, Chiadot, Champignolles, red, white, maneuvers

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