[meteorite-list] NPA 03-25-1933: Gigantic (Pasamonte) Meteor Falls Somewhere in America
From: MARK BOSTICK <thebigcollector_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun Oct 31 10:37:07 2004
Paper: Helena Independent
City: Helena, Montana
Date: Saturday, March 25, 1933
Page: 1 and continued on Page 2
GIGANTIC METEOR FALLS SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA
Amarillo, Tex., March 24. - (AP) - A gigantic meteor lighted the skies
with awesome brilliance in five southwestern states before dawn today and,
with a thunderous rumble that rattled doors and windows, apparently
disintegrated on its earthward plunge.
Persons in various localities of the north Texas plains region, the
Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, southern Colorado and New Mexico
expressed the better that the meteor or fragments of it had fallen nearby,
but no reports had been received tonight of the findings of parts.
"I thought it was coming straight for me," said Bill Coyle, who was
flying east-bound at 9,500 feet over Adrian, Tex. "We were at the same
A moment after the dazzling light flooded the sky, however, Coyle
caught sight of the meteor's deep red and bluish tinted tail and saw it was
going north of him. He described the meteor as "shaped like a ball," with
fiery fragments whirling away from it.
Great Blue Light
Frank Williams was flying 50 miles west of Albuquerque when the whole
sky was suddenly illuminated "as if someone had turned on a great blue
He said an "enormous mass of blue light" without a tail, approached
from a high altitude for eight to 10 seconds from a distance estimated of
300 miles, and then separated into two clouds - one a very brilliant blue
and the other yellow and flame colored. The clouds then seemed to merge and
remained in view for about half an hour.
The display was visible at Albuquerque for nearly 30 minutes in the
form of a huge cloud of fiery gas and at Colorado Springs, the illumination
lasted for an hour and a half.
The rattling of doors and windows at Liberal, Kas., caused residents
there to believe the meteor had struck the earth in that vicinity.
Stratford, Tex., March 24. - (AP) - A fragment of the meteor which
early this morning swept through the southwestern skies in a brilliant
pyrotechnic display was discovered in a wheat field about seven miles south
of here today.
Ed Hart, farmer, said green wheat sod grass was burned about the spot.
The fragment, a molten metallic mass, was of flat shape, weighing about four
pounds. It was not imbedded in the soil.
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