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5 NEWS UDPATE: 'Ball of Fire' Reported in Randolph County Sky Possibly Linked to East Coast Meteor Sightings
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 22, 2013 @ 11:09PM
Created on March 22, 2013 @ 9:33PM
UPDATE 3/22/2013:
 
Emergency crews in Randolph County have determined that the "ball of fire" seen by many residents around 8:00 p.m. Friday was part of many meteorite sightings up and down the east coast. 
 
The 911 center in Randolph County received several calls tonight about a ball of fire in the sky.  Agencies from at least two counties responded to the Coalton area of Rich Mountain to investigate. 
 
According to lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com, there have been reports today in ten states on the east coast plus Washington D.C. of possible falling meteorites with bright light, long duration and fragmentation.
 
ORIGINAL STORY 3/22/2013:
The 911 center in Randolph County has received multiple calls Friday evening about a "ball of fire" falling from the sky just after 8:00 p.m. near the Coalton side of Rich Mountain. 
 
Agencies from at least two counties have responded to that area to determine what, if anything, fell from the sky. 
 
There have been reports today in ten states on the east coast plus Washington, D.C. of possible meteorites with bright light, long duration and fragmentation.
 
We have a reporter in the area and will bring you more details as they're made available.

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Comments (2)
Mar 23, 2013 at 4:07 AM
I really have little faith that these were really meteorites. They would be traveling at such a tremondus force that people would have felt the impact and they dont just "fall" from the sky, they zip from the sky. It only took 30 seconds from entry of the atmosphere to impact on the eart with the meteorite that hit Russia for example. I believe there should be further investigation until they can determine what actually went down.
Mar 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM
My daughter and I saw a streaking blue-green light with a smokey trail near West Union in Doddridge county at about 7:50 pm as we were traveling west on route 50. It was just above the tree tops and traveling across the sky and just fizzled out. We first thought it was an airplane going down, then maybe a firework. We later herd about the meteor shower seen along the East Coast. Pretty sure it was part of that!
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