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ALSACAT is my comprehensive catalog of UFO sighting reports in Alsace, the region is the North-East of France, whether they are "explained" or "unexplained".

The ALSACAT catalog is made of case files with a case number, summary, quantitative information (date, location, number of witnesses...), classifications, all sources mentioning the case with their references, a discussion of the case in order to evaluate its causes, and a history of the changes made to the file. A general index and thematic sub-catalogs give access to these Alsatian case files.

Case of Oderen, on January 8, 1996:

Case number:



Ufologist Franck Marie published on the web an article of the newspaper L'Alsace for Saturday, August 3, 1996, entitled "The night of the UFOs".

The article reportedly indicated that "on the night from Thursday to Friday," several gendarmerie squads recorded four phone calls about UFOs passing in the sky.

One of the calls was about "a ball of fire, something yellow from behind the hill" and the Mulhouse Basel squad had also been contacted about "a similar phenomenon" in Oderen.


Temporal data:

Date: January 8, 1996
Time: 10:20 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: August 3, 1996
Reporting delay: Hours, 9 months.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Oderen
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.910
Longitude: 6.975
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: ?
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: The Gendarmerie, the regional Press.
Type of location: ?
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No.
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: ?
Witnesses interpretation: ?


Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Probable meteor.


[Ref. fme1:] FRANCK MARIE:

Banque Ovni - BP 41 - 92224 Bagneux cedex - France

Central file - Case 30975


1996,08,01 - 10:20 p.m. - 068 - Oderen 47 55 -6 59

art: - yellow fireball, sd - - "*/30975


sa August 03, 1996



On the night of Thursday to Friday, various gendarmerie squads recorded four calls about "passing UFOs" in the sky.


He evokes "a ball of fire, something yellow, passing behind the hill"...

The BALE-MULHOUSE Brigade was also requested about a similar phenomenon in ODEEREN [sic].

Schedules of calls and direction of travel reported reveal inconsistencies, but "this kind of event happens once or twice a year," concludes a gendarme.


Banque Ovni note: inconsistency if we persist to consider a unique phenomenon, while it is more logical to consider the simultaneity of several distinct phenomena.

Franck MARIE, Bank - Copyright Franck MARIE, UFO Bank - 971224. All rights reserved.



Probable meteor.

Sources references:

* = Source is available to me.
? = Source I am told about but could not get so far. Help needed.

File history:


Main author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editeur: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 7, 2016 Creation, [fme1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 7, 2016 First published.

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