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ALSACAT:

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.

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Case of Riedisheim, on April 3, 2002:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2002-04-03-RIEDISHEIM-1

Summary:

I received by e-mail on April 4, 2002, the report by A. B. of his sighting on Tuesday April 3, 2002 at 11:45 p.m. lasting one minute, in Riedisheim in the Haut-Rhin:

A really weird thing, I was walking my dogs when I see a light in the sky that I first take for a light on a plane, although very powerful, except that it had a twin, remote of the length of ta finger, I understood then that the two lights were the ends of a cylinder or flying cigar. I then thought of an airship, but a blimp with two luminous ends that's new to me... and there is the speed...

When I see it it moves rather slowly but accelerates slowly but surely, it would disappear from my field of vision behind a group of tree[s], I run to "catch up" about 100 meters away, but nothing, empty sky, and 2 min later a very slight noise of the airplane kind, but do not live very far from an airport, so it's common ...

this is the second time I see something roughly the same area, the first time was about 2 or 3 years back on a summer cloudy sky, this time a light beam from the base of the clouds in the distance, vertical pointing to the sky, about 30 seconds, then acceleration up and nothing...

I do not care about UFO, not really my passion, even if after my first "vision" I had doubts, there tonight I really ask myself a lot of questions.... hoping that this testimony helps you in your search...

greetings,

A B

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: April 3, 2002
Time: 11:45 p.m.
Duration: 1 minute.
First known report date: April 4, 2002
Reporting delay: 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Riedisheim
Place: Outside.
Latitude: 47.749
Longitude: 7.368
Uncertainty ratio: 2 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: Male resident.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Email to me.
Type of location: Outside.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: No.
UFO departure observed: No.
Entities: No.
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible discotheque projector and plane.

Sources:

[Ref. pgs1:] REPORT I RECEIVED BY EMAIL:

Date: April 3, 2002 Day of the week: Tuesday Time: 11:45 p.m. Duration of observation: 1mn Department: Haut Rhin Location of observation: riedisheim Number of witnesses: 1 Number of objects: 1 Shape of the object: Cigar Noise: No Object with beams: No Object with drag: No Moon presents: Yes Clouds: No Rain: No Wind: No

Report:

A really weird thing, I was walking my dogs when I see a light in the sky that I first take for a light on a plane, although very powerful, except that it had a twin, remote of the length of ta finger, I understood then that the two lights were the ends of a cylinder or flying cigar. I then thought of an airship, but a blimp with two luminous ends that's new to me... and there is the speed...

When I see it it moves rather slowly but accelerates slowly but surely, it will disappear from my field of vision behind a group of tree[s], I run to "catch up" about 100 meters away, but nothing, empty sky, and 2 min later a very slight noise of the airplane kind, but do not live very far from an airport, so it's common ...

this is the second time I see something roughly the same area, the first time was about 2 or 3 years back on a summer cloudy sky, this time a light beam from the base of the clouds in the distance, vertical pointing to the sky, about 30 seconds, then acceleration up and nothing...

I do not care about UFO, not really my passion, even if after my first "vision" I had doubts, there tonight I really ask myself a lot of questions.... hoping that this testimony helps you in your search...

greetings,

A B

[Ref. uwb1:] "UFOWEB" WEBSITE:

UPDATED ON 08/05/02

2002/022: Observation on 04/03/02 in Riedisheim département 68.

Witness report received by email on 04/03/02 at 00:41 a.m.

Date: April 3, 2002

Day of week: Tuesday

Time: 11:45 p.m.

Duration of observation: 1mn

Department: haut rhin

Place of observation: riedisheim

Number of witnesses: 1

Number of objects: 1

Shape of objects: Cigar

Noise: No

Object with beams: No

Object with trail: Non

Moon present: Yes

Clouds: No

Rain: No

Wind: No

Narrative:

A really weird thing, I was walking my dogs when I see a light in the sky that I first take for a light on a plane, although very powerful, except that it had a twin, remote of the length of ta finger, I understood then that the two lights were the ends of a cylinder or flying cigar. I then thought of an airship, but a blimp with two luminous ends that's new to me... and there is the speed...

When I see it it moves rather slowly but accelerates slowly but surely, it will disappear from my field of vision behind a group of tree[s], I run to "catch up" about 100 meters away, but nothing, empty sky, and 2 min later a very slight noise of the airplane kind, but do not live very far from an airport, so it's common ...

this is the second time I see something roughly the same area, the first time was about 2 or 3 years back on a summer cloudy sky, this time a light beam from the base of the clouds in the distance, vertical pointing to the sky, about 30 seconds, then acceleration up and nothing...

I do not care about UFO, not really my passion, even if after my first "vision" I had doubts, there tonight I really ask myself a lot of questions.... hoping that this testimony helps you in your search...

greetings,

A B

Call to witnesses: thanks to the web users to report to us all the unusual observations that occurred in that department during that period. Thanks!

[Ref. nns1:] "NOUS NE SOMMES PAS SEULS" WEB FORUM:

Observation in Riedisheim ( 68 ) on 04/03/2002

A really weird thing, I was walking my dogs when I see a light in the sky that I first take for a light on a plane, although very powerful, except that it had a twin, remote of the length of ta finger, I understood then that the two lights were the ends of a cylinder or flying cigar. I then thought of an airship, but a blimp with two luminous ends that's new to me... and there is the speed...

When I see it it moves rather slowly but accelerates slowly but surely, it will disappear from my field of vision behind a group of tree[s], I run to "catch up" about 100 meters away, but nothing, empty sky, and 2 min later a very slight noise of the airplane kind, but do not live very far from an airport, so it's common ...

this is the second time I see something roughly the same area, the first time was about 2 or 3 years back on a summer cloudy sky, this time a light beam from the base of the clouds in the distance, vertical pointing to the sky, about 30 seconds, then acceleration up and nothing...

I do not care about UFO, not really my passion, even if after my first "vision" I had doubts, there tonight I really ask myself a lot of questions.... hoping that this testimony helps you in your search...

Discussion:

Map.

I remember very well having immediately thought, when reading the story, of a "classic" explanation in this sector that I know well, having lived there from 5 to 19 years old.

On the one hand, as the witness suggests, there is from the place where he is, probably the heights south of Riedisheim, an airport, Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, 17 km in straight line, with takeoffs and landings of airliners.

On the other hand, in the same direction, there was a large discotheque in the commune of Bartenheim, "Planet Discopolis" then "Macumba" then "Palace Loisirs", which I know used projectors and lasers to entertainment, and above all to advertize to passing motorists on the motorway. For the record, there was in the entrance hall of the nightclub a maannequin of an alien of the "Little Grey" type...

This and the airplane noise may suggest an explanation, perhaps a combination of the disco lights and an airliner.

Carte.

Evaluation:

Possible discotheque projector and plane.

Sources references:

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

File history:

Authoring:

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

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 30, 2022 Creation, [pgs1], [uwb1], [nns1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 30, 2022 First published.

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