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NATIONAL
December 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A bright meteor streaked across Colorado and Utah early Friday, prompting a rash of calls to authorities. "It came in from the east, over the plains, and was seen to disappear over the mountains to the west," said Chris Peterson, a meteor researcher with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dispatchers in Utah County, south of Salt Lake City, also received reports of the object.
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SCIENCE
March 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A rock the size of three football fields may have crashed into the California landscape more than 35 million years ago, creating a 3.4-mile-wide crater west of Stockton, San Diego State University researchers reported this month at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston. The impact would have created a 1,500-megaton explosion.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
A nighttime meteor shower sparked a flurry of frantic phone calls to police departments across New England from people who saw bright lights moving in the sky, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said. The meteor shower was seen as far north as Portland, Maine, and as far south as Long Island. Some witnesses apparently thought the meteor shower might be a plane crashing, the FAA's Holly Baker said.
NEWS
January 20, 1992 | Special to The Times
Sky-watchers from Los Angeles to Inyo County reported a brightly colored fireball shower Saturday night, and authorities here said a San Diego man driving on California 395 claimed that something shattered a window of his car just after he saw the lights streak across the sky. The reports came amid other sightings in Inyo and Mono counties of what may have been a meteor swarm. A guide at Griffith Observatory said they received three calls from Southland residents reporting the lights.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A meteor shower lighted up the sky from Texas to western Tennessee, prompting a flood of reports to law enforcement officers throughout the region. The lights flashed across the sky in portions of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Tennessee. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth said the lights were caused by meteors passing through the atmosphere.
NEWS
October 8, 1996
The meteor that caused a bright green flash in Southland skies Thursday evening probably landed in the Sequoia National Forest north of Lake Isabella if enough survived to reach the ground, according to meteor researcher John Wasson of UCLA. Previous reports had indicated that it probably landed much farther north of Los Angeles, but Wasson's estimated landing site is based on triangulation from more than 60 different sightings.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Dozens of residents in the Pacific Northwest reported seeing a bright streak of light flashing across the sky, startling witnesses from southern Oregon to the Seattle area, according to officials. Scientists said the flaming object was probably a meteor, and that it probably disintegrated before any fragments fell into the Pacific Ocean. Michael O'Connor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's regional office in Renton, Wash.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A meteor about the size of a large suitcase flashed across the Northwest sky in the dead of night, setting off booms. Witnesses along a 60-mile swath of the Puget Sound region from the Tacoma area to Whidbey Island and as far as 260 miles to the east said the sky lighted up brilliantly around 2:40 a.m., and many reported booms as if from one or more explosions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1990
A meteor streaked across the Southern California skies Tuesday night, flashing colors of orange and green, and spurring enough calls to authorities to jam phone lines from San Luis Obispo to Tijuana, officials said. Hundreds of people called Los Angeles' Griffith Park Observatory, particularly from the Ventura County area, saying that a green or orange object was moving through the sky in various directions, said observatory assistant Nicholas Read.
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