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August, 1954, Bouillé-Loretz, Deux-Sèvres:

Reference for this case: Aug-54-Bouillé-Loretz.
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In September 1988, ufologist Joël Mesnard published a catalog of unpublished French cases in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit of which he had become the editor.

Among these is a case located in Bouillé-Loretz in the Deux-Sèvres department dated August 1954:

Around 11 p.m., Mr. Léonard was smoking a cigarette at his window, before going to bed. He could see, in front of him, the village church, and on his left, a farm. Between these two buildings, he suddenly saw passing, at a distance he could not assess, "a yellow-orange, incandescent cigar".

The object's trajectory was roughly oriented from south-southwest to north-northeast. It seemed to come from Thouars heading towards Montreuil-Bellay.

The observation lasted about fifteen seconds. Mr. Leonard's wife arrived at the window too late to see the phenomenon.




Cas n° 16: Bouillé-Loretz (Deux-Sèvres), août 1954

Vers 23 heures, M. Léonard fumait une cigarette à sa fenêtre, avant de se coucher. Il pouvait voir, face à lui, l'église du village, et sur sa gauche, une ferme. Entre ces deux édifices, il vit tout-à-coup passer, à une distance qu'il ne put évaluer,"un cigare jaune-orange, incandescent".

La trajectoire de l'objet était approximativement orientée du sud-sud-ouest vers le nord-nord-est. Il semblait venir de Thouars pour se diriger vers Montreuil-Bellay.

L'observation ne dura qu'une quinzaine de secondes, et l'épouse de M. Léonard arriva à la fenêtre trop tard pour profiter de ce spectacle insolite.



Obviously, a possible trivial explanation is that it was a meteor.


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Bouillé-Loretz, Deux-Sèvres, Léonard, night, cigar, yellow, orange, incandescent


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