A Socorro-like incident in 1790 France?
David Ritchie in his book UFO: The Definitive Guide to Unidentified Flying Objects and Related Phenomena [MJF Books, NY, 1994] provides an incident that allegedly occurred near Alençon, France in 1790.
“ … farmers in the area saw a huge globe, described as big enough to contain a carriage … surrounded by fire, flying through the air, with a whistling noise, at high velocity … it decelerated and settled on a hilltop. The object gave off so much heat that trees and grass beneath it began to burn …
That evening … they examined the globe and found it was still warm. It appeared to be undamaged … From a door that opened in the side of the object, a humanoid wearing tight-fitting clothing emerged. The entity said something that the spectators did not understand, and then escaped into the nearby woods …
Soon afterward, the globe exploded and sent fragments flying all around. The fragments … burned themselves to powder. No trace was found of the humanoid. [Page 6]
But Terry Hooper, at his blog, no longer thinks so:
And David Darling, at his web-site, dismisses the story altogether:
Is this what will happen, eventually, to Lonnie Zamora’s 1964 report?