BELLVUE, Colo. (June 20, 2012)--Report of a possible meteorite or meteor shower Wednesday briefly grounded firefighting aircraft involved in the effort to contain a wildfire in central Colorado.
Meteorologist Scott Entrekin of the National Weather Service said emergency officials in Chafee County reported a possible meteor in the sky near the Springer Fire and briefly grounded four single-engine aircraft fighting the 1,100-acre blaze west of Colorado Springs.
Entrekin said Wednesday that the crews of two commercial aircraft flying over Liberal, Kan., reported what appeared to be a meteorite at 1:47 p.m. CDT.
He said the Colorado sighting occurred at about the same time.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it has no confirmed reports of a meteorite.
It said there were no reported disruptions to commercial airlines.