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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 Batzendorf, on February 8, 2019:

Case number:

ALSACAT-2019-02-08-BATZENDORF-1

Summary:

A 22-year-old young man from Batzendorf in the Haut-Rhin, introducing himself as a UFO observation enthusiast, registered since 2014 on the ufological forum "Les Mystères des OVNIS", where he submits his testimonies, which the participants explain or comment. The following testimony is his fifth observation.

He indicates, half an hour after the sighting, that on February 8, 2019, at 6:35 p.m., he was in his mother's car as she was driving, returning from Wintershouse to their home in Batzendorf. He was looking by the door window when he saw in the sky 4 lights, 3 yellow and one red, flashing "oddly and rather quickly" - he publishes reconstructions images of the order of flashing.

It seemed stationary and very high in the sky. He indicates that the flashing repeated at least 5 times during the observation, which he says lasted 5 minutes.

On the forum, members tried to find a plane or helicopter that would have been there, but in vain.

Data:

Temporal data:

Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 06:35 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes.
First known report date: February 8, 2019
Reporting delay: 35 minutes.

Geographical data:

Department: Bas-Rhin
City: Batzendorf
Place: Passenger in driving car.
Latitude: 48.788
Longitude: 7.702
Uncertainty radius: 1 km.

Witnesses data:

Number of alleged witnesses: 1
Number of known witnesses: 1
Number of named witnesses: 1
Witness(es) ages: 22
Witness(es) types: Young man, UFO buff.

Ufology data:

Reporting channel: To the ufology web board "Les Mystères des OVNIs."
Type of location: Passenger in driving car.
Visibility conditions: Night.
UFO observed: Yes.
UFO arrival observed: No.
UFO departure observed: ?
Entities: No.
Photographs: No.
Sketch(s) by witness(es): Yes.
Sketch(es) approved by witness(es): Yes.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witnesses interpretation: ?

Classifications:

Hynek: NL
ALSACAT: Possible LED balloons.

Sources:

[Ref. myo1:] web board "LES MYSTERES DES OVNI":

aurelien wolff
Board team
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 158
Registered on: 11/15/2014
Localization: alsace
Job: none
Hobbies: model kits , observing ufos
Participation tokens: 3104

Fri 08 Feb 2019, 07:11 p.m.

2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m.- 4 flashng lights - batzendorf-wintershouse Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Firstname or alias: aurelien wolff

City: batzendorf-wintershous
Department: Bas-Rhin (dep.67)
Region: Alsace launch a call for witnesses: http://www.lalsace.fr
Pays: France
Date: 02/08/2019
Hour of the start of the observation: 06:35 p.m.
Duration of the observation: 5 minutes

Weather conditions: cloudy sky (i believ) [sic]
Number of witnesses: 1
Type of phenomenon: 4 flashing lights
Official report: No

Full story of the observation:

My ocured [sic] at 6:35 p.m. on my way home from a dental procedure, I was looking through the window of the door of my mother's 107 [car] (she was with me, but was not looking in the same direction, she did not see the object) when I saw these 4 lights (3 yellow and one red) in the sky flashing strangely and rather quickly (order of flashing illustrated by the sketches mad [sic] with paint). The object appeared to be stationary and very high in the sky.

Here are several sketches explaining the blinking of the lights (it is repeated at least 5 times during the observation, but it was rather fast and I didn't really count so in 5 minutes, it could very well be much more).

-step 1:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/ovni_110.jpg

-step 2:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/ovni_210.jpg

-step 3:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/ovni_310.jpg

-step 4:

https://i.servimg.com/u/f82/18/44/40/76/ovni_410.jpg

The object seems to me to be in an area between batzendorf and wintershouse.

note: for me, it's not a triangle object.

Precise description: 4 lights (3 yellow and one red) that flash

Color:

Size of the phenomenon:

Behavior: stationary movements [sic]

Trajectory: unspecified

Specific noise: No

Specific odor: No

Direction of the object according to the wind: controlled/independent movement

Presence of facilities: industrial zone villages of batzendorf and wintershouse

Similar photo: not specified

Table: not specified

Contact made with the witness: yes

Investigator in charge of the file:

I hereby certify the accuracy of the information provided and the authenticity of the documents provided. I don't know how to identify this phenomenon, thank you in advance for your answers.

Regards aurelien wolff

Starfull
Board team
Male Age: 31
Number of messages: 274
Reistered on: 04/06/2017
Localization: Paris
Job: Illustraor
Hobbies: Arts & Ufology
Participation tokens: 2384

2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m.- 4 flashing lights - batzendorf-wintershouse Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Sat 09 Feb 2019, 04:07 p.m.

the route I took to get home yesterday is in blue:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Haguenau,+67500/4+
Rue+Principale,+67500+Batzendorf/
@48.7844534,7.7065825,746m/am=t/data
=!3m1!1e3!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!
1s0x4796ead8d20fa469:0xa655202112adb97a!
2m2!1d7.79125!
2d48.813288!1m5!1m1!1s0x4796be27f546d231:
0xf63979c9287e2b64!2m2!1d7.7012362!2d48.7840838

Re: 2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m. - 4 flashing lights - Batzendorf-Wintershouse -Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:52

The route link does nothing for me.

Are you sure this UFO was static? Because you were yourself on the move, it seems to me.

On your sketch the 4 lights if one connects them delimits a triangle (3 aligned on the same axis and one isolated perpendicular to this axis) but you say that it was not one, why? what was its shape according to you?

Anonymous
Invité

Re: 2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m. - 4 flashing lights - Batzendorf-Wintershouse -Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 12:30

Planefinder does not give anything at the time indicated above the two municipalities mentioned, taking into account the following time slot: 6:25 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

@+

aurelien wolff
Board team
Male Age: 22
Number of messages: 158
Registered on: 11/15/2014
Localization: alsace
Job: none
Hobbies: model kits , observing ufos
Participation tokens: 3104

Re: 2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m. - 4 flashing lights - Batzendorf-Wintershouse -Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:07 p.m.

For me it wasn't one because of the very rapid flashing of the lights (in the order indicated by my paint sketches: 1-2-3-4 repeated each time) which prevented me from seeing the exact outlines of it, and I would add that I stopped observing when we entered the village

Can we see choppers on Planefinder or not? (there was no sound emitted by the object in question, but just in case).

Anonymous
Invité

2019: on 02/08 at 06:35 p.m.- 4 flashng lights - batzendorf-wintershouse Bas-Rhin (dep.67)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:14 p.m.

aurelien wolff wrote:

Can we see choppers on Planefinder or not? (there was no sound emitted by the object in question, but just in case).

Yes, it is possible to have some helicopters on the screen. However, I doubt that we find that of the Gendarmerie for example or those of Camp La Horie de Phalsbourg. Only civilian aircraft are visible, not military ones.

CU

Discussion:

Map.

The trip from Wintershouse to Batzendorf, by car, takes about 7 minutes.

It seems to me that what intrigued the witness is the rapidity of the flashing. No doubt he perceived that this flashing was too fast to be the navigation beacons of an airplane or helicopter: "For me it's not one because of the very fast flashing of the lights".

As a result, there is a possible explanation, that of LED balloons.

These balloons often have a setting that allows deciding whether they should flash or not, and offer various flashing patterns.

LED balloons are most often sold in packs of several, of different colors, for example 5 Euros for 5 balloons, they can be found by online purchase and in stores in the same department as the "Chinese lanterns."

Releasing LED balloons is not as complicated as flying a drone or Chinese lanterns, no authorization is required.

LED balloons.

Above: LED balloons sold in a store in Mulhouse.

Evaluation:

Possible LED balloons.

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
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history:

Version: Create/changed by: Date: Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 25, 2023 Creation, [myo1].
1.0 Patrick Gross January 25, 2023 First published.

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