[meteorite-list] Meteorite Is Likely Cause For Sonic Boom Over Australia

From: Mike Farmer <farmerm_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:38 2004
Message-ID: <3A4B8D5E.C95D1BAE_at_concentric.net>

What is with these scientists, they always say crap like "size of a small coffee
cup" or in the case of the El Paso megafireball they said " size of a
basketball". Give me a break, if it puts on a light and sound show that shakes
houses and registers shock waves, it MUST be quite a large object of many kilos.
Look at the Kitchener fall, it WAS the size of a small coffee cup and it fell
without a peep, it just plopped down on the golf course and luckily for it a man
saw it fall on the green, too bad it fell in Canada, where state laws dictate
that it be snatched away, never to be seen again.
I just get a kick out of the "Experts" tjhat are always interviewed, 99% of
which have never seen a meteorite, much less know a damn thing about them.
Mike Farmer

Ron Baalke wrote:

> http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonNews/es.es-12-28-0049.html
> Small space rock blamed for big Aussie sonic boom
> By AP
> December 28, 2000
> SYDNEY -- A small meteorite's fall to Earth was the likely cause of a sonic
> boom and streaks of light over southeastern Australia which sparked dozens
> of calls to police, an expert said yesterday.
> "It is most likely to be a meteorite," said Ian Warren, operations
> supervisor at the Deep Space Communications Complex in the national capital,
> Canberra.
> "The size of the meteorite would probably be about coffee cup size. That
> would cause a sonic boom and would also cause some good flares around it,"
> Warren said.
> Callers in Batemans Bay, 250 km south of Sydney, compared the mysterious
> lights in the sky Tuesday night to flares, police inspector Peter Volf said.
> The callers said the lights were accompanied by an explosion strong enough
> to shake buildings.
> Fire authorities in Canberra, about 100 km west of Batemans Bay, were
> investigating whether debris from the meteorite was the cause of three grass
> fires which began overnight Tuesday.
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