Fireball Is Not Part of Satellite Debris

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The fireball that blazed across the Texas sky and sparked numerous weekend calls to law enforcement agencies now can be considered an identified flying object.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday the fireball was
a natural phenomenon - not flying space junk - and a North Texas
astronomer said more specifically that it was probably a pickup
truck-sized meteor with the consistency of concrete.

The object was visible Sunday morning from Austin to Dallas and
into East Texas. In Central Texas, the Williamson County sheriff's
office received so many emergency calls that it sent a helicopter
aloft to look for debris from a plane crash.

The FAA backed off its weekend statement that the fireball
possibly was caused by falling debris from colliding satellites
plummeting into earth's atmosphere.

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