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Re: Meteor Lands Near El Paso

From: XianneKei@aol.com [Rebecca Schatte]
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 04:11:09 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 22:01:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Meteor Lands Near El Paso

Meteor Lands Near El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (Reuter) - An apparent meteor streaked across the sky and
slammed into Earth near the Texas border city of El Paso Thursday, sparking
hundreds of calls to police as flashes and loud sonic booms scared residents.

``I saw a large flash like an explosion in the sky,'' said Steven Marquez,
who was in his yard near the Organ Mountains outside Las Cruces in New
Mexico. ``Something fell off of it and left a huge cloud of smoke over there
by the mountains.''

Robert Simpson, a spokesman for the McDonald Observatory in Texas, said he
saw what appeared to be a small meteor flash across the sky at 12:47 p.m. MDT
and that it was about as bright as the surface of a setting sun.

Las Cruces Police Sgt. Joel Cano said the North American Aerospace Defense
Command (NORAD) tracked the object as it entered Earth's atmosphere until it
fell to the ground about 30 miles east of El Paso.

A police command post was set up near the Organ Mountains as U.S. Army
Reserve helicopters used infrared sensors to look for pieces of debris from
the object.

``What they are looking for is any debris that is still hot or anything that
came off the object,'' Cano said.

Witnesses said the streak of light left a contrail across southern New Mexico
that hung in the sky for about 30 minutes.

22:10 10-09-97

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