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Fireball Over Pennsylvania
1) Source: Stan Gordon; http://www.westol.com/~paufo
On the evening of October 2, 2001, I received reports of fireball activity
Warren County, PA near the New York border. Several of these sightings
law enforcement agencies. One witness I interviewed said that she saw
blazing orange ball of fire moving towards the north. During the evening
learned that other similar reports originated from Armstrong and
Counties. I also was told that there were apparently many sightings
911 centers around the Youngstown, Ohio area.
I received a call from a resident of Allegheny County outside of Pittsburgh,
had knowledge that police in that area had calls about something seen
sky. I have also interviewed a witness who was near Latrobe in Westmoreland
County. The observer watched a large orange-red ball of fire "as
bright as the
moon" followed by a glowing tail which tapered off in thickness.
to be a white-silver glow around the tail which faded quickly.
These sightings all occurred between 7:30 and 8 P.M. local time. The
time lasted only seconds, and no sound was reported with the fireball,
to those witnesses whom I have spoken. Peter Davenport at the National
Reporting Center, did not receive any reports last night from this general
Peter did however receive a fireball report also from last night, which
at about 7:39 P.M. near Howell, MI.
As of this posting I have not seen any newspaper coverage of this event.
received a response from the U.S. Space Command which indicated that there
no re-entry of space debris during this time frame. I would appreciate
notified of any fireball or other aerial phenomena reported on this night
around the country.
2) Source: www.100megsfree4.com/farshores
A fireball shooting across the early night sky Tuesday [Oct 2] led many
residents from the southwestern part of Mercer County to call 911.
Acting Shift Supervisor Tom Meyer said calls for what apparently was a
started coming in at 7:41 from the Shenango Valley.
"They've described it as a large ball of fire with a tail,"
Meyer said unless the meteor hit the ground in Mercer County, there was
nothing 911 could do and there were no reports of that.
Meteors, commonly called shooting stars, are the streaks of light caused
dust particles from space evaporating in the earth's atmosphere, according
NASA. The particles themselves are called meteoroids, and, if they land
Astronomer Ted Pedas of Farrell said he did not see the meteor but from
description it appeared to have been a bolide, a very large meteor that
probably was seen over six or seven states.
Bolides are "the size of a walnut and on up," he said.
None of the 911 callers sounded scared but Meyer said the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks might have made people react a little differently to the astronomical
"I don't know if they're worried about what's been happening,"
911 called the National Weather Service and other weather forecasting
and learned that reports had come in from the Pittsburgh area.
The Beaver County Emergency Services Center and National Weather Service
Moon Township, Allegheny County, received calls shortly after the object
spotted at about 7:45 p.m. Witnesses said the red object had a flaming
and described it as much larger than a shooting star.
The earth regularly experiences annual meteor showers, such as the Perseid
shower which peaks in August.
"We're not near any meteor showers so it can't be associated with
regularly occurring ones," said Pedas, director of the Ted Pedas
at Farrell Area School District.
"In the last six to eight months there have been many of these reported
the country," Pedas said of solitary fireballs. "They're very
If there was a sound associated with the meteor, that probably would have
meant it landed and exploded, he said.