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UFOs in the Press:

The French 1954 saucer flap in the daily Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper The Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, on page 2, on October 9, 1954.

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No 'Saucers'

Lille, France, Oct. 8 (INS) -- The "flying saucers" which have been appearing over the Lille area for some time turned out today to be paper hot-air balloons launched by a retired miner. Police said the miner made 10-foot balloons out of strong paper and attached kerosene-soaked rags to them. He was caught when one of his "saucers" nearly set a haystack on fire.

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