Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Local 911 callers report meteor sighting - 22nd Mar 2011

A possible meteorite entering the Earth’s atmosphere late Tuesday evening had 911 centers in Southeastern North Carolina fielding multiple phone calls from concerned residents.

New Hanover County emergency dispatchers interviewed Tuesday said callers described witnessing what appeared to be a large meteorite crossing the sky at a steep angle before burning out. Brunswick and Pender counties also received multiple calls, with some reports suggesting the meteorite had actually landed, but that could not be verified Tuesday evening.

Meteorites are usually remnants of asteroids or comets that survive a fall to the ground through Earth’s atmosphere, according to Meteorite.org. But some have proven to be pieces of moon or Mars that broke off after an impact event and traveled through space. Source