[meteorite-list] Fireball Observed Over Nebraska, Colorado

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:41:59 2004
Message-ID: <200101122204.OAA03751_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Witnesses Wonder about Mysterious Light in the Night Sky
Story by Paola Farer
9news.com (Denver, Colorado)
January 12, 2001

A lot of people are still wondering what the fireball was that lit up the
skies of eastern Colorado and western Nebraska Thursday night.

Witnesses say it was a blue flash of light that dropped below the horizon
around 9:30 p.m. The crew of a medical helicopter that was airborne when the
object streaked across the sky, said it was so bright, it lit up the inside
of the cockpit. They were flying to Scottsbluff after transporting a patient
to Denver.

The helicopter crew spotted the fireball while flying about 30 miles east of
Greeley, Colorado. The light came from the east, around the
Nebraska-Colorado border.

Drivers traveling along Interstate 80 between Kimball and Sidney, Nebraska
at first reported seeing a blue flash of light drop to the horizon. Similar
reports were made near Chadron and in the Denver area.

Meteorologist Mike Nelson says the light was probably a meteor that burned
up in the atmosphere.

A number of viewers called and e-mailed 9NEWS Thursday night curious about
the light. Viewers said the light was in the northeast part of the sky and
very low to the ground. The station received calls from viewers living as
far apart as Flagler and Glenwood Springs

Motorist J-L Schmidt says the ball of light appeared to have dropped near
the Sidney airport, but the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Department is
reporting no evidence of a meteorite or anything else in the area.
Received on Fri 12 Jan 2001 05:04:02 PM PST

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