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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Md. man says he found meteor fragments

By Washington Post editors
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From Stonehenge to Frederick, meteors shower. (Kieran Doherty/Reuters)

A Frederick man who witnessed a falling meteor last week said he has found parts of it.

Al LaBrush was walking out of Danielle's restaurant in Frederick on Tuesday night when he said he heard a crackling, popping sound. He looked up and saw a white, sparkling meteor about 1,500 to 3,000 feet away, going from the south to the east/northeast, he said. Several others in the area reported seeing a meteor about the same time, around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Two days later, he went out to look for fragments of the meteor and said he found several.

Read more about LaBrush and the meteor fragments in the Frederick News-Post.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 10:43 AM ET
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This thread may connect the airburst of a small quantity of meteorite bits with the downing of birds in flight elsewhere in the USA.

Educate yourself about "The Tunguska Event" which took place in Siberia almost 100 years ago. A larger meteor detonated high above Earth's atmosphere and flattened an (approx) 20 mile area underneath. Trees were thrown down like matchsticks in a concentric pattern from the airburst above. The heat of the event started a forest fire. Although scientists combed the area and the charred remains of trees, no telltale signs of the element iridium were found. (Many meteorites have traces of this element.)No remnant of the progenitor was found as it had been vaporized during the blast.

I don't know if a small detonating meteor could be seen on radar, but it could be investigated by authorities. We know that larger bolides have been tracked by radar before, then the "tape" had been run backwards to discover what part of the sky the bolide had emanated from.

Posted by: sunandmoonobs | January 5, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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