Midwest authorities receive reports of meteor sighting

Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 3:37 p.m. CDT; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 15, 2010

According to the Associated Press, authorities received an overwhelming amount of callers regarding a meteor that sailed across the sky in the Midwest.


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AP said National Weather Services offices in La Crosse, Wis.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City, Mo., received many reports of the huge fireball from law enforcement officials and the public.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in St. Louis said they do not know very much about the meteor because they only deal with weather forecasts.

Chuck Mastalski, a 911-shift supervisor, said 911 did not receive any calls from the Boone County area regarding any fireball sightings.

According to the AP, forecasters said a meteor shower, known as Gamma Virginis, began April 4 and might last until April 21, with peak activity on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the AP said forecasters couldn’t immediately confirm whether the Midwest meteor was actually a part of that shower.


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