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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 Mulhouse - Hochstatt, on January 21, 2013:

Case number:



In the night of June 21, 2013, like every year, Chinese lanterns were launched over the Mulhouse area in celebration of the Chinese New Year, of course.

Some people saw them and at least one video was made, and it was called UFO by some people asking about it on the Internet. At least one person responded that they were Chinese lanterns for the Chinese New Year.


Temporal data:

Date: January 21, 2013
Time: ~02:00 a.m.
Duration: ?
First known report date: January 22, 2013
Reporting delay: Hours, 1 day.

Geographical data:

Department: Haut-Rhin
City: Mulhouse, Hochstatt
Place: Pathway, at a window, various.
Latitude: 47.703
Longitude: -7.355
Uncertainty radius: 3 km

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: Several
Number of known witnesses: 2
Number of named witnesses: 0
Witness(es) ages: ?
Witness(es) types: ?

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: Video published on Youtube, post on web forum.
Type of location: Residential area, suburb.
Visibility conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: ?
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No
Photographs: Yes.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): No.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): No.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: UFOs


Hynek: LN
ALSACAT: Chinese lanterns.



UFO 2013 UFO IN MULHOUSE /HOCHSTATT to SEE filmed by TotalChoK

Paranormal Haut-Rhin·5 videos

Published Jan. 22, 2013

Night on the edge of the way my buddies and i see what we would have never imagine [sic]


UFO in Alsace (Mulhouse/Hochstatt) in January/February

Registrered: 03/20/2011 14:45
Post(s): 74

On January 21, 2013 in the Mulhouse area, some people saw a UFO in the sky that resembled a dozen of red flashing lights. Last evening I was at a party with buddies and at about 2 a.m. the DJ put on music that sucked, then he told us to come at the window, then we saw exactly the same thing but much larger, about fifteen red lights that moved sideways and flashed.

Does someone have an idea about what that might have been ^^ ?


Re: UFO in Alsace (Mulhouse/Hochstatt) in January/February

Registered: 15/06/2010 11:28
Post(s): 145

Those were chinese lanterns for the chinese new year...



Again Chinese lanterns called UFOs by people - young people? - who do not know just yet about them.

The particularity of this case is that, indeed, January 21 is the Chinese New Year, and the residents of the Mulhouse area of Chinese or Asian origin merrily use them for the celebration.

In general, because powerful or noisy firecrackers are now banned in Alsace, more and more people replace then with Chinese lanterns, inexpensive, easy to obtain, for example at, and spectacular.


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 March 23, 2014 Creation, [tck1], [tckZ].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2014 First published.

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