Fireballs Falling Over Spain
From Valencia In The East To Galicia In The Northwest

From J. Wheelock

Jeff - The link below is to the online edition of one of Spain's major newspapers and is in Castilian. However, you can still see the map showing where the fireballs were spotted by hundreds of people and where fires were caused after some crashed to earth. All channels covered the news this evening on television.
The event ocurred here this evening between 6 and 7 Spain time.
In the article, the National Institute of Meteorology states that none of their equipment registered anything out of the ordinary - either on radar or satellite imaging - and they practically rule out that the event is due to any known atmospheric phenomenon (sic).
I've done a very quick translation of parts of the article:
At first it was thought to be a plane on fire, but this hypothesis has been ruled out. Authorities are now checking to see if the event could have been caused by the desintegration of a meteorite.
The control tower at Madrid-Barajas airport contacted the Territorial Meteorological Centre of Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha seeking information regarding the event.
* In the province of Leon, an object was seen falling onto a hill in the town of Renedo de Valderaduey, some 90 miles from the provincial capital. Inhabitants of the town reported that the sky lit up a bit after 6 pm and a loud explosion was heard after which a fire started. The windows of local houses shook according to some witnesses. The event was also witnessed in the city.
* To the north of the province of Palencia, a loud noise was heard, accompanied by a strong explosion, causing mayhem among the inhabitants of the towns of Guardo, Saldaa, Cervera de Pisuerga and Velilla del R,o Carri"n, according toGuardia Civil (a kind of national police force) sources cited by the EFE news agency.
EFE also reports that the spectators at a soccer game in the San Lazoro stadium in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia were also witness to the strange phenomenon.
Jos Angel Docobo, director of the University of Santiago's Ramon Maria Aller Observatory, who was at the soccer match, stated that it could have been a natural phenomenon such as a cosmic rock moving around the sun and that upon encountering the Earth in its path, broke into fragments as it entered the atmosphere thus producing the observed effect.
He also offered the hypothesis that the event was caused by the entry of an artificial object into the atmosphere, such as the remains of a rocket or satellite, although this option, in his opinion, is less probable.



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