- WICHITA - Kansas watches
as a strange sight lights up the night.
- "There's one big white light and around it was five
little balls, just lights, just following them. And then thru the sky
there was just like vapors and vapors were like different colors - blues
and oranges. It was just odd," said eyewitness Anthony Davis of Valley
- We've had reports of the fire in the sky from all over
the Midwest. From McCook, Nebraska in the northwest, through Great Bend
to El Dorado. In Wichita, hundreds saw the sight.
- Gary Bishop of south Wichita said, "So I looked
over my shoulder and right across the sky from the southwest to the northwest,
down a little bit. There was a meteor that left a trail of blue lights.
It was beautiful."
- As the object screamed across the sky, 911 couldn't
keep up with all the calls that were coming in. 911 supervisors say they
had more phones ringing than dispatchers to answer them. They say they
had around 150 calls from witnesses saying they saw everything from space
aliens to a plane crash.
- While dispatchers were getting all those calls on the
meteor shower, they did have a serious car accident to deal with as well.
Luckily, supervisors say that call got through without much of a wait
and response time wasn't affected.
- So what was it in the sky? We talked to the North American
Air Defense Command to find out. Master Sergeant Larry Lincoln told us,
"It seems to be a very heavy meteor shower. Our weather people told
us to expect something like this from the 10th to the 29th of October,
with the heaviest coming down around the 15th. It seems to probably be
coming down a little early. The mission of NORAD U.S. Space Command is
tracking. Tracks man-made objects, satellites, things like that. Things
that are in orbit. So in this case again, it's a meteor shower. We would
not necessarily see that heavy the I.R. signature, probably wouldn't be
significant enough, so that's what people are witnessing."
- That's the official word from NORAD in Colorado Springs.
Although no one at the U.S. Space Command there witnessed the event. Their
response is based upon our accounts of the lights. _____
- KFOR Ch. 4 TV's news morning news show reported on the
"Mystery Object in the Sky" seen over Oklahoma last night, as
I reported earlier. I now have a copy of the video of this object.
- This is a direct transcript of that broadcast, my comments
are in parentheses...
- "It happened last night about 7:30 when a strange
sight surfaced in the sky, reports came in to our newsroom from across
the state, and every caller said the same thing, they had seen a mysterious
fireball in the sky. (Note: on screen a map of the state with cities reporting
listed, Erick, Enid, Clinton, Elk City, Blanchard, Alva, Leedy, Oakwood,
Choctaw, Mangum, Ringwood, Sayre.)"
- "...Well we called Tinker AFB (In Oklahoma City)
the National Weather service and even NORAD, we quickly learned the object
had been seen by folks from Texas to Nebraska."
- "Take a look at this, (playing video of object)
- As it streaked it's way across Wichita Kansas someone
actually caught it on video tape, you can actually see several objects
moving in a group, some eyewitness's report they saw the objects exploding,
even raining down sparks.
- One caller even reported that cars were stopped along
an Oklahoma highway (I-40), and drivers standing on the side of the road
watching the fireball as it passed by."
- "We don't know what it was" said Chris Sohl
of the National Weather Service, "we tend to speculate it was a perhaps
a meteorite or even the possibility of man made space debris entering the
atmosphere. (Note: I would have thought they would have called it a "weather
balloon" jh)... We had comments that it looked like a lot of sparks
associated with it, so perhaps it was breaking up as it entered the atmosphere.
- "Well officials at NORAD say that they are setup
to track man made objects, so nothing appeared on their radar, but they
say most likely it was a meteor. Spectacular sighting anyway..."
- End of transcript.
- Eyewitness reports to follow...
- Jim Hickman The Hickman Report http://www.thehickmanreport.com
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