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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 Schirmeck, on October 21, 1996:

Case number:



In his "Banque OVNI" file, French ufologist Franck Marie indicated that on October 21, 1996, at 07:40, in Schirmeck, three silver-orange discs were seen over the nearby peaks.


Temporal data:

Date: October 21, 1996
Time: 07:40 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: 1997
Reporting delay: Day, 1 year.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Schirmeck
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.478
Longitude: 7.217
Uncertainty ratio: 5 km

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufologist Franc Marie.
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: Unidentified, totally insufficient information.


[Ref. fme1:] FRANCK MARIE:

1996,21,10 - 07:40 - 067 - Schirmeck 48░29 -7░13

3823 - 3 orange-silver discs above the close summits - /31140

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH:

17751: 1996/10/21 07:40 1 7:13:00 E 48:29:00 N 3333 WEU FRN BRH 6:6


Ref#239 BANQUE OVNI Reports: by order number Issue No. 96 : MOUNTAINS



With so little information, nothing consistet can be said.


Unidentified, totally insufficient information.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 19, 2016 Creation, [fme1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 19, 2016 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross May 19, 2021 Addition [lhh1].

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