[meteorite-list] Fireball Over Mexico on May 21

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:24:51 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201605280024.u4S0OpGg011992_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Ball of fire, explosion witnessed in 3 states
Mexico Daily News
May 21, 2016

There is speculation that a meteorite landed last night in Puebla

A brilliant flash of light followed by an explosion early this morning
have led observers to conclude that a meteorite has fallen somewhere in
the state of Puebla.

Photos and videos in which a bright object is seen in the sky began appearing
on social media just before 2:00am. Video cameras operated by Webcams
de Mexico picked up the object itself from two locations in Mexico City
as it entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Cameras in Puebla and Tlaxcala showed the intensity of the bright light
as the object passed by.
One Twitter user reported that 20 seconds after seeing a ball of fire
in the sky over Puebla there was a strong explosion.

The state's Civil Protection office said this morning it is working with
firefighters in several areas of the state to determine whether it was
indeed a meteorite that landed.

The Puebla Astronomical Society weighed in on Twitter by observing that
the loud explosion heard by people in Mexico City, Puebla and Tlaxcala
didn't necessarily mean it was a meteorite that had landed on Earth.

The society said it was more likely a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere.

Puebla Civil Protection director Fernando Estrella ruled out the suggestion
that the explosion might have come from the volcano Popocat??petl.
Received on Fri 27 May 2016 08:24:51 PM PDT

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