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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.

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Case of Illzach, on June 16, 2012:

Case number:



After reading on a general information website in Besançon about "mysterious" orange-colored lights that were seen there, an anonymous person wrote a comment on June 17, 2012, saying that the previous night at 10:40 p.m., he or she saw several orange lights, in Illzach, without noise in the sky and disappearing one by one.


Temporal data:

Date: June 16, 2012
Time: 10:40 p.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: June 16, 2012
Reporting delay: 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Illzach
Place: ?
Latitude: 47.781
Longitude: 7.347
Uncertainty radius: 1 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: On the web as comment of article about "mysterious orange lights".
Type of location: Suburb.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: N/A
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 Chinese lanterns.



Following an article about "mysterious balls" - obviously Chinese lanterns seen in Besançon, readers commented with their own sighting report, including from Alsace, such as this one:

Anonymous wrote on 06/17/2012 at 01:57 p.m.

yesterday evening orange light theres sevral of them ,illzach 10:40 p.m. no noise in the sky and they disapeard one by one



The very brief report totally evokes a launch of Chinese lanterns, nothing precluding this explanation.

On the web page where the story was published his story, there are several dozens other similar stories from all over France at various dates, supposed to be "mysterious orange lights", and some wise readers commented these were Chinese lanterns - there is also a reader that seems a bit less informed explaining that these were "Annunaki" aliens from the "Nibiru" planet. There are no reactions by Bruno to these explanations.

Of course, diehards might protest that I did not "scientifically prove" that these were Chinese lanterns, and it must then be considered that it might have be an alien spaceship or some "paranormal phenomenon" that appeared to be coincidentally similar to a launch of Chinese lanterns...

Chinese lantern.

Above: a Chinese lantern.


Probable Chinese lanterns.

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 April 3, 2014 Creation, [btt1].
1.0 Patrick Gross April 3, 2014 First published.

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