- Possible Meteorite Reported in Wash.
- A possible meteorite may have crashed into Earth about 30 miles south of Olympia early Thursday, an astronomy professor said. Bright flashes and sharp booms were reported in the skies over the Puget Sound area. Bradley Hammermaster, who teaches at the University of Washington, estimated that the object was about the size of a small car. He described it as a piece of a larger meteor. Witnesses along a 60-mile swath of Puget Sound said the sky lit up brightly shortly before 3 AM. Many also reported booming sounds as if from one or more explosions.
- Night skies lit up by likely Meteorite
- A streaking meteor is believed to be responsible for bright flashes and loud booms in Puget Sound and B.C.´s Lower Mainland. The event just before 3 AM PDT also lit up radio station switchboards with callers reporting the sky bursts. Scientists are looking into the cause of the atmospheric event, but experts at the University of Washington say a chunk of rock from outer space may have been the source. No military or civilian aircraft were reported in trouble. In the Vancouver area, a Delta woman told a radio station the sky was unbelievable and beautiful -- like a big bolt of lightning or a transformer blowing.
Prince George is a 500 mile drive from Vancouver, another 200+ from Seattle, and the flash was seen there.