On October 25 1954, in Col Cerasa di Cingoli (Macerata, Italy), two children, 12 year-olds Giampiero Marziali and Pacifico Santucci, were guarding a flock of sheep in a meadow near Mount Sgaggia.
About 17:00 pm, they went to buy a sandwich, and upon returning, they were surprised to find the animals a little further from where they had left them, and the dogs were barking furiously.
As they neared the place, Giampiero observed "something" moving through the high weeds which he thought they were animals, but about 10 feet away, he saw that it was a small, thin “thing” about 30/40 centimeters tall, of human appearance, but with a large melon-shaped head.
It wore dark, tight-fitting clothes with a metallic sheen.
It moved in a very clumsy way.
Giampiero did not know if the odd shape of the head was because it wore a flattened helmet.
The tiny humanoid started running towards a strange dark object, shaped like a barrel, 1.50 meters long and 70 centimeters wide, which at one end had something like "antennae.”
The object quickly rose vertically, emitting a low whistle.
Going up about 20 meters, the "flying barrel" ejected a ball of fire, which exploded when it hit the ground.
The two children were hit by a violent gust of wind caused by the shockwave of the explosion.
The object disappeared at high speed, heading east.
The youths fled in fear.
That same day, a neighbor in the area, Maria Ruggeri, confirmed she had seen a strange flying object pass over her head.
Police in Crawley and San Severino Marche, investigated the incident.
Forensic experts were sent from Naples and the current president of the Scientific Association "Bilancia” Ancona, Mr. Andrea Quintini, interviewed the children.
The newspaper "La Nazzione" on October 28, 1954, offered a version of the events recounted by a professor at College of San Severino Merche.