BELLVUE, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say reports of a possible
meteorite or meteor shower briefly grounded firefighting aircraft
battling a central Colorado wildfire.
Meteorologist Scott Entrekin of the National Weather Service
says emergency officials in Chaffee County reported a possible
meteor in the skies near the Springer Fire. They briefly grounded
four single-engine aircraft fighting the 1,100-acre blaze west of
Entrekin said Wednesday that the crews of two commercial
aircraft flying over Liberal, Kansas reported what appeared to be a
meteorite at 1:47 p.m. Central Daylight Time, or 12:47 p.m.
Mountain time. He said the Colorado sighting occurred at about the
same time yesterday.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it has no confirmed
reports of a meteorite. It says there were no reported disruptions
to commercial airlines.