October 6, 2002 Fireball

This bright meteor was seen by residents of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, New Mexico, Idaho, South Dakota, Nevada, and Arizona at 7:22 PM. Its probable path has been determined based on about 750 witness reports. The meteor became visible over Colorado, northwest of Steamboat Springs. It descended to the WSW, breaking up over western Colorado, between Fruita and Rangely. The fragments ceased to be visible just across the border of Utah.

Many people within 50 miles of the breakup point heard sonic booms, and there were several reports of electrophonic noise. Tracing the path of this object backwards reveals a radiant in Pisces or Andromeda. This does not correspond with the debris trail of any known object. There is a good chance that this event resulted in meteorites on the ground somewhere in eastern Utah, although it isn't yet possible to narrow down the area well enough to justify a search.

If you saw this fireball and have not made a report, please do so here. I am especially interested in reports from the Western Slope, particularly if you can provide an accurate altitude and azimuth for the point where the meteor broke up.

This event is still under investigation. Check back for further information as it becomes available.

October 6, 2002 Fireball


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