Go Back Report # 866

09-19-1810

Under the heading: “From German Papers”:  

WALY1 (ON THE MEUSE2). Sept. 22.

 

       On the 19th of this month, between the hours of five and six in the evening, a luminous meteor appeared in the south, and about the distance of a quarter of a league3 from the small commune of Brezeau; persons who attentively examined it assert that it was nearly a quarter of an hour in collecting, floating over the place where it was first seen, and that when all parts had united, it appeared all at once as a very considerable globe of fire, taking a northerly direction; it spread terror amongst the inhabitants of the village, who believed their houses would be burnt, and they themselves perish. This globe was accompanied by a frightful noise, which was heard at the distance of more than a league and a half, and sometimes resembled the roaring of a rapid chariot; at others, the noise of rain violently driven by the wind. It was followed by a very thick fog, and carried up from the ground every thing it met in its passage. In crossing a river it absorbed water, which soon afterwards fell in rain4. It wandered for some time near the village.

       One thing certain is that the roof of a house was thrown down, which is the only trace it has left. It was accompanied and followed by an abundant rain, much lightening, and loud claps of thunder. Continuing in the same direction, it suddenly turned into a column of fire, which, with the fog, rose towards the heavens. This made many persons believe the fog was smoke. It remained about a quarter of an hour in this state, a quarter of a league to the north of the village, and a short distance from the forest of Beaulieu. This column now sunk a little, and at last it suddenly disappeared, leaving a thick fog which had no smell. This phenomenon lasted three quarters of an hour and traveled over the space of half a league.

 

Reference for the above text is: The London Times, October 29, 1810, p. 3.

With thanks to the Magonia Group.

 

NOTE 1: Waly is a commune in the Meuse department in Lorraine in northeastern France.

 

NOTE 2: The Meuse is a major European river, rising in [northeastern] France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea. It has a total length of 925 km (575 miles).

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meuse_(river)

 

NOTE 3: league = A unit of distance equal to 3.0 statute miles (4.8 kilometers).

 

NOTE 4: In the above case, it says: “It was followed by a very thick fog and carried up from the ground every thing it met in its passage. In crossing a river it absorbed water, which soon afterwards fell in rain.” My impression of this sentence is that of water is being sucked up to the craft. After rising and losing the suction, the suspended column of water would then fall as “in rain.”

 

UFOCAT PRN - 99110

UFOCAT URN – NONE The London Times, October 29, 1810, p. 3

UFOCAT URN – 99110 Philosophical Magazine, 36 (1810): 395-396

UFOCAT URN – NONE The [Adams] Centinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, March 1, 1811

UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 291-292, © 2009

 

Europe – France, Lorraine

Brezeau             This is probably a misspelling of Brizeaux because they are very close in pronunciation.

Brizeaux                 Latitude 49-00-00 N, Longitude 005-03-00 E 

Forest of Beaulieu    Latitude 49-03-00 N, Longitude 005-03-00 E  [Foręt / Bois de Beaulieu]

Waly                     Latitude 49-01-00 N, Longitude 005-06-00 E

 



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