- From Kim 7-24-1
- Jeff - Local television is reporting at 11 pm that an
object landed in a farmer's fied near Jershey Shore, PA. It carved quite
a furrow in a field. The area is now sealed off from the public until
it can be investigated.
- LANCASTER - Crop damage in
Salladasburg, Lycoming County may be connected with a flood of sightings
of a bright object fly through the sky around 6:20 p.m. Monday.
- Hear From An Astronomer "We had eyewitness reports
of a large fireball and, what I would assume, is a sonic boom pass over
Salladasburg borough," fire chief Gerald Ross said.
- Among the reports that crews checked out, was one along
route 973, west of Anthony Township.
- Crews found an area, about 25 by 20 feet, of scorched
ground cover in the middle of a corn belt.
- The witnesses on scene were there watching deer.
- The Department of Environmental Protection has been out
to the sight to investigate. They have not found any environmental problems
so far, but the area is still being secured.
- People called emergency authorities and news organizations
in eastern Pennsylvania, with other reports coming in from western Pennsylvania
to Delaware and New York.
- News 8 has been flooded with calls from people who saw
a bright light streak through the sky. Others reported shaking homes and
- Many people have also been e-mailing TheWGALChannel.com.
- Gene Albright reported a streaking light north of Biglerville,
Pa. around 6:30 p.m. Kris Schwerin and Erin Broomell, of Peach Bottom,
Pa., said that they saw fireball with tail.
- Sarah and Cindy Stahl reported seeing a flaming ball
of fire with a flaming trail fall from the sky over Manheim, Pa. Robin
Toth, of New Holland, said it was as long as a dozen 18-wheelers and big
as an enormous building.
- Barry Graybill, of Manheim, described it as looking like
a shooting star during the day. Click here to read about more sightings
from Susquehanna Valley residents.
- On the other side of the state, affiliate Web site ThePittsburghChannel.com
reports that dispatch centers in Westmoreland and Washington counties have
also received calls from concerned residents.
- ThePittsburghChannel.com also received an e-mail from
a viewer who reported seeing what he or she thought was a meteor burn up
in the northeast sky at about 6:20 p.m. Another spotted a "fireball"
in the sky near Blairsville, Pa., going from south to north at approximately
- A Penn State astronomy professor says that the thunder
or house shaking that people felt could be the result of a sound wave produced
by meteors exploding in the Earth's atmosphere and breaking up.
- He says that such an event also produces a spectacular
light display and is normally silent.
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