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ALSACAT:

As its name suggests, 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 in the Bas-Rhin, on February 18, 2005:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2005-02-18-BASRHIN-1

Summary:

Around 2010, in his chronological pages retracing the UFO sightings reports, on his ufological Website RR0, Jérôme Beau indicated that on January 18, 2005, at 10:25 p.m., in "the sky of the Vosges (France), 1 ball of fire crosses the sky. Some 700 testimonies will be collected from motorists, walkers and even firefighters in intervention at the time of the phenomenon. The fireball was observed from Epinal to Baccarat via Gérardmer, Saint-Dié and Vittel, as far as Alsace and even Dijon. Some people saw that evening a strong bluish luminosity invade nature. The seismographs of Strasbourg reacted to the sound waves of the meteor but did not record any impact. By deduction the meteorite was no bigger than a handball."

It was indeed a meteor, but the correct date is February 18, 2005.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: February 18, 2005
Time: 10:25 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: February 18, 2005
Reporting delay: Minutes, hours.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: N/A
Place: ?
Latitude: 48.715
Longitude: 7.520
Uncertainty ratio: 120 km.

Witnesses data:

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

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Ufology Website RR0.
Type of location: Not reported, UFO in the sky.
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: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: The meteor of February 18, 2005, at 10:30 p.m.

Sources:

[Ref. jbu1:] JEROME BEAU:

January 2005

18

10:25 p.m. In the sky of the Vosges (France), 1 fireball crosses the sky. Some 700 testimonies will be collected from motorists, walkers and even firefighters in intervention at the time of the phenomenon. The fireball has been observed from Epinal to Baccarat via Gérardmer, Saint-Dié and Vittel, as far as Alsace and even Dijon. Some saw that evening a strong bluish light invade nature. The Strasbourg seismographs reacted to the sound waves of the bolide but did not record an impact. By deduction the meteorite was no bigger than a handball.

Discussion:

I do not know why in the [jbu1] web page this meteor event is presented, among UFO sightings.

Worse even, this is actually not on Jauary 18, but February 18, 2005.

Below, the article about this event in the regional newspaper Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace for February 19, 2005:

Scan.

Haut-Rhin

Strange luminous phenomenon

On the evening from Friday to Saturday, at about 10:30 p.m., a luminous phenomenon was observed in the Haut-Rhin and the Vosges sky by many witnesses.

Several people in the vicinity of Mulhouse, Guebwiller and Colmar described similar events to the operational center of the gendarmerie. Witnesses assured that a light was moving at high speed in the direction from the Vosges to Germany. While the radar set of the air forve base 901 in Drachenbronn detected nothing, airline pilots also observed the phenomenon.

The police brigades of Ribeauvillé, Blodelsheim and Guebwiller have also been put on alert. A search has been undertaken to locate the site of a possible crash of a meteorite. These were stopped in the night without any finding.

Evaluation:

The meteor of February 18, 2005, at about 10:30 p.m.

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 December 8, 2014 Creation, [jbu1].
1.0 Patrick Gross December 8, 2014 First published.

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