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October 26, 1954, Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord:

Reference for this case: 26-Oct-54-Pont-sur-Sambre.
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Summary:

The regional newspapers Nord-Matin and La Voix du Nord for October 30, 1954, had reported the observation of a former gendarme in Pont-sur-Sambre on October 26, 1954 around 05:30 a.m., of a fast ball of fire seen for 2 seconds; on this occasion they added that René Bauwe or Bauve, rue de Maubeuge in Hautmont, factory guard colleague of this gendarme, had, on October 27, 1954, reported the same thing seen from the same place at the same time, which had prompted the first witness to report what he had seen.

Reports:

[Ref. nmn1:] NEWSPAPER "NORD-MATIN":

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PONT-SUR-SAMBRE

Finally the sky of Pont
also had his saucer!

Last Tuesday around 5:30 in the morning, going to his work which consists of watch service on behalf of the Société des Forges de la Providence factory of Haumont (Nord), our compatriot Mr. Louis Blanquart, residing in Pont-sur-Sambre, rue de Pantegnies, located at a place called "Pont Mauricaud" bordering the territories of the municipalities of Pont-sur-Sambre, Bachant, and Saint-Rémy-du-Nord saw in the sky, a craft having the form of a small ball of fire, moving at an incredible speed, from West to East, while leaving behind a shower of sparks. The appearance lasted approximately 2 seconds. The object was at a very great distance.

Our compatriot, former member of the gendarmerie, did not say a word to anyone, but yesterday a factory keeper colleague Mr. René Bauwe, street from Maubeuge to Hautmont said he saw the same apparition at the same time and in the same place. Also, our compatriot learned that a worker from Neuf-Mesnil would have seen the same thing still on the dates and times mentioned above. It was then that he decided to tell us his story.

[Ref. vdn1:] NEWSPAPER "LA VOIX DU NORD":

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PONT-sur-SAMBRE

We lacked...
a saucer...
we have it

Tuesday 26, around 5:30 in the morning, going to his work which consists of on-call service on behalf of the Société des Forges de la Providence, Hautmont factory (Nord), our compatriot Mr. Louis Blanquart, residing in Pont-sur-Sambre, rue de Pentegnies, located at a place called Pont Moricaud, on the borders of the municipalities of Pont-sur-Sambre, Bachant and Saint-Rémi-du-Nord, saw in the sky a craft having the shape of a small ball of fire, moving at an incredible speed from west to east, leaving behind a shower of sparks. The apparition lasted about two seconds. The craft was at a great distance.

Our compatriot is of very good faith, he is a former member of the gendarmerie. Yet at first he feared not to be believed and this is what motivates his late revelation. He did not say a word about it to anyone at first, but yesterday, a fellow factory guard, Mr. René Bauve, rue de Maubeuge, in Haumont, recounted seeing the same apparition at the same time and in the same place.

Also, our compatriot learned that a worker from Neuf-Mesnil reportedly saw the same thing, always at the date and time cited above.

It was then that Mr. Blanquart decided to tell us his story.

Explanations:

Map.

Obvious description of a meteor.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Pont-sur-Sambre, Nord, René Bauwe, René Bauve, guard, factory

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross May 11, 2020 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 11, 2021 Additions [vdn1], Summary.

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