Fireball Across Western States
- FIREBALL ACROSS WESTERN STATES
Fireball reported across Colorado, Wyoming, Utah sky
Monday October 07, 2002
DENVER (AP) A fireball with a long tail of orange
and green flames raced through the Western sky
Sunday night, visible across Colorado and in
southeastern Utah and southern Wyoming. A
scientist and a military spokesman said it was
probably a meteor.
``People said it had a 500-foot tail and it was
huge, like a meteor, and green and orange,'' said
Kristy Lee, a La Plata County sheriff's dispatcher
in southwestern Colorado.
The fireball was reported at about 7:30 p.m. from
Pueblo, Colo., about 100 miles south of Denver; to
Blanding, Utah, about 280 miles southwest of
Denver; to Rawlins, Wyo., about 180 miles
northwest of Denver.
Larry Esposito, a University of Colorado professor
of astrophysics and planetary science, said the
reports sounded like a meteor.
``A meteor falling could be enough to surprise a
lot of people,'' he said.
No man-made objects fell from space Sunday night,
said Maj. Ed Thomas, a spokesman for the North
American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado
Springs, which tracks satellites and thousands of
pieces of space debris.
``We don't have a mission to track meteorites, but
that's got to be what it is,'' Maj. Ed Thomas
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All
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