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Beginning of February, 1954, Soirans, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: Beg-Feb-54-Soirans. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

In the regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, on page 4 for February 11, 1954, there appeared an information coming from their particular correspondent in Soirans and titled "It was not a flying saucer but a weather balloon!"

The article said that while hunting in the forest, Mr. Eugène Bonnaire, from Soirans, was intrigued by a mysterious object located at the top of an oak tree:

"Climbing up the tree to unhook this mysterious craft, after finding by the police... it was a "Modulator 32 944 US" weather balloon."

"It wasn't a flying saucer, as one might have thought!"

Reports:

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

Scan.

It wasn't
a flying saucer
but a weather balloon!

(Above the oak tree)

Soirans (from our part. corresp.). -- Hunting in the forest, Mr. Eugène Bonnaire, from Soirans, near Auxonne (Côte-d'Or) was intrigued by a mysterious object located at the top of an oak tree.

Climbing up the tree to unhook this mysterious craft, after finding by the police... it was a "Modulator 32 944 US" weather balloon.

It wasn't a flying saucer, as one might have thought!

Explanations:

Negative case, fallen weather ballon.

Map.

Keywords:

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

Soirans, Côte-d'Or, Eugène Bonnaire, gendarme, tree, craft, device, sounding balloon, weather balloon, negative case, crash

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