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Fireball Across Western States

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  • Aerielle Louise
    FIREBALL ACROSS WESTERN STATES http://news4colorado.com/weekend/AP/APTV/State/CO/ n/CO--Fireball-dn/news_html Fireball reported across Colorado, Wyoming, Utah
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2002
      FIREBALL ACROSS WESTERN STATES

      http://news4colorado.com/weekend/AP/APTV/State/CO/
      n/CO--Fireball-dn/news_html

      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
      said.


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