- Here is a partial list of locations where the object
- BEGIN COPIED MESSAGE
- From André Knöfel
- Fireball Data Center
- From International Meteor Organization (IMO)
- At 6:19 +/- 5min p.m. EDT, a very bright daylight fireball
- in the Appalachian Mountains region. The following descriptions
- via internet to the FIDAC:
- Millerstown, PA
- much brighter than full moon
- similar to the brightness of a magnificent setting sun.
- white, bright orange, red left a extremly long trail
- T. Byers, J. Byers
- Ahoskie, NC
- bright, look like a plane on fire north - northwest
- D. Harrell
- Bobcaygeon, Ontario.
- Canada brillant white, tail red with flashes of blue
- approx. 30 deg above the horizon from east to west very
- T. Yeo
- Arlington, VA
- very bright duration 10s, white, then orange
- south/southeast to north/northwest.
- D. Earnest
- Gaithersburg, MD
- bright white yellow direction north, 30deg above the
- R. Lipman
- Cameron Mills, NY
- 8mag. 3sec yellow nucleus, orange outer shell, rumbling
- A. Smith
- Shinglehouse, PA
- duration 5-10s white, tail orange/yellow
- F. Stonemetz
- Penfield, NY
- like a torch in daylight begin az: 105deg, elev. 30deg
- end az: 125deg, elev. 20deg duration 1-2s white orange
- D. Rogers
- Edgeworth, PA
- orange/red direction NE duration 2s
- J. Dooley
- Old Bridge, NJ
- extremly bright object red/orange long trail
- F. Block
- Front Royal, VA
- as bright as full moon northwestern direction
- orange, blue/green fast
- C. McGlothlin
- Syracuse, NY
- duration 15s red-yellow
- W. Murphey
- Buffalo, NY
- brilliant against day sky begin az: 140deg elev.
- 13deg end. az: 155deg elev. 10deg
- duration 1.5s red and orange velocity 10deg/s
- D. Sheehan
- Hagerstown, MD
- bright orange/yellow
- L. Ebersole
- York county, PA
- duration 3-5 seconds
- orange/yellow smoke gray/black
- TV news
- Crestview Farms, NJ
- duration 3-4s. blue, then yellow/orange
- white cloud-like contrail. fast
- maybe hissing sound associated with descent
- M. Leana/J. Shimp
- Coventryville, PA
- much brighter than full moon
- begin az: 360deg, elev. 45deg
- end az: 320deg, elev. 20deg
- duration 3-5s
- red, blue, white
- A. DePaolis
- Eatontown, NJ
- duration 4s
- orange and yellow fast
- J. Maida
- END REPORT
- Surprise 'Meteor Shower' Lights Northeast Sky
- From Kim
- Jeff, I heard the "boom" and a friend said
"the whole house shook". I live 15 miles south of Lewisbug,
PA. This Reuters article reports that some people saw a "triangular"
shaped object streaking across the sky. Others saw an object the shape
of a "trumpet bell".
- PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Reports of a possible meteor
shower flooded police and government telephone lines along the U.S. East
Coast on Monday, authorities said.
- The sightings of what some described as a meteor prompted
evening rush-hour motorists to pull off suburban highways west of Philadelphia.
- Pilots in flight issued reports of sightings to federal
aviation officials in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Authorities
said some eyewitness accounts came from as far south as Virginia.
- ``People say they saw what was perhaps a meteor shower,
but there's nothing we can confirm,'' said Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman Arlene Salac.
- A Reuters reporter saw a tapered object shaped like a
trumpet bell falling diagonally through the western sky near West Chester,
Pennsylvania, 20 miles from Philadelphia, at about 6:20 p.m.
- The object emitted a lustrous rainbow of colors, ranging
from bright yellow on its downward-pointing flared end to light green and
finally rust-colored red at the tapered end-point.
- Others reported seeing a triangular object shooting through
- The National Weather Service reported no natural phenomena
that could account for such a sight.
- Police in Pennsylvania were investigating the possibility
of a part falling from a plane from Philadelphia International Airport,
which sometimes guides flights across the city's western suburbs. But sightings
were later reported southward through Delaware, Maryland, Washington and
- There were no reports of aviation emergencies, apart
from the nonfatal crash of a single-engine plane in Calvert, Maryland,
near the state's border with Pennsylvania and Delaware.
- ``We have no idea what it was, whether it was a meteor
or what,'' said National Weather Service spokesman Curtis Carey.
- From Yahoo News 7-24-1
- People throughout the Northeast flooded emergency centers
with phone calls Monday evening after seeing bright lights in the sky and
hearing loud noises. The likely cause was a meteor shower, authorities
- Sightings were reported from Virginia to New York.
- ``We originally got a report of a plane crash and now
it seems there were multiple meteors coming down,'' said supervisor Tara
Dolzani of the Schuylkill County communications center in Pottsville, Pa.
- In Buffalo, N.Y., National Weather Service observers
received reports of a bright meteor in the western and southern regions
of the state.
- ``We got our first call at about 6:25,'' meteorologist
Dave Sage said. ``Then the calls just started coming in.''
- Some people reported explosions or thunder, and felt
their homes shake. In Montoursville, Pa., there was a report of a ``big
red ball'' in the sky and broken windows from a sonic boom, a state police
- Alexander Wolszczan, an astronomy professor at Pennsylvania
State University, said that the thunder or shaking that people felt could
have resulted from a sound wave produced by a meteor exploding in the earth's
- Normally, a meteor shower is a silent event, he said.
But large meteors can create concussive sound waves, or even hit the earth.
- Often, meteors are composed of rock hundreds of feet
in diameter before burning up in the atmosphere, he said.