[meteorite-list] Did Meteorite Strike Central Florida?

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri Jul 16 14:13:38 2004
Message-ID: <200407161813.LAA25109_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Did Meteorite Strike Central Florida?
July 16, 2004

CASSELBERRY, Fla. -- Speculation about a July Fourth meteorite strike in
Seminole County has many area residents searching their yards for answers.

>From Oviedo, to Maitland, to Casselberry, witnesses claim to have heard
a large boom and saw bright flashes of light across the evening holiday
skies, WESH NewsChannel 2 reported.

It's creating a meteorite buzz on local radio stations, WESH NewsChannel
2 reported.

"I saw this crazy light, and it was really bright," said Casselberry
resident Diana Felise. "The entire house was rattling. We thought the
pictures were going to fall off the wall."

If a meteor did strike the area, it is believed to have hit somewhere
around Red Bug Road and state Road 434, but Casselberry police officials
said they're convinced it was nothing more than a big bolt of lightning
since there was a severe storm in the area that night.

"Lightning, thunderstorms, welcome to Florida," said Lt. Dennis Stewart
of the Casselberry Police Department.

Many residents, however, still believe it was a meteorite. Rick Wega
shot video of the bright lights and remains convinced it was not a
storm-induced effect.

"The way it shook the ground isn't like no other lightning," said Wega,
"I?ve been around a lot of lightning."

Experts, on the other hand, said that until someone finds a piece of a
meteorite in the area, it will remain an unsolved mystery.

A meteorite is a small particle of matter that falls to Earth, and the
last one to reportedly strike the area hit in Lake County in 1918.
Because of such rarity, meteorites are very valuable, and in some cases,
one gram of a meteorite can be valued at $10,000.
Received on Fri 16 Jul 2004 02:13:32 PM PDT

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