Report Of Possible Meteorite Grounds Firefighting Aircraft

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.


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