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Meteorite Sighting 07/23

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Posted by Jo Fish on July 24, 2001 19:27:43 UTC

Last night at 6:15 pm. my four-year old son and I spotted a fireball the size of a softball / soccer ball flying North West over our car on Rt. 72 (Papermill Road)in Newark, Delaware.

We were astonished. The ball of fire was golden yellow with a pinkish streak had a flaming tail and appeared to be only 50 - 100 feet above our car and then seemed to drop into a nearby field.

We were heading to the Hockessin Library when we saw the fireball. I checked out a book from the libary in an attempt to identify what we saw. When I returned home, I contacted Mount Cuba Observatory. The people there laughed at me and said, "If you saw what you claim you saw, consider yourself a blessed person. Call back tomorrow." I called back and they were quite apologetic for their sarcasm. I couldn't believe that an observatory had missed the meteor shower.

It wasn't until I turned on the 11:00 news that our sighting was confirmed.

I believe that what we saw, fell into a nearby field and isn't the same meteor that is claimed to be the size of a jeep that landed in Pennsylvania. No one here seems to want to look in the area that I saw the fireball.

Jo Fish

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