Many people called Action 2 News to let us know about a strange sight in the sky Tuesday night.
Calls came from all over -- especially Brown, Oconto, and Shawano counties.
Callers described what they saw around 6:15 p.m. as a large, red- and green-colored glowing ball with a tail, shooting through the sky.
Lincoln County authorities report it may have crashed into a wooded area there in northcentral Wisconsin.
Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion then saw a fire in the woods. Deputies were out there late Tuesday night trying to find where the object might have struck. The FAA reports the object was likely a meteorite.
A loud boom and flash of light heard by many residents Tuesday evening might have been caused by a meteorite.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department took about 50 calls after its first report at 6:15 p.m. from someone in the Harrison Hills area who heard what sounded like an explosion and saw a flash of light. Dispatchers then took calls from residents all over the county. Other area counties, including Marathon, also received similar reports. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said it could have caused by a meteor shower.
There was an expected meteor shower on or around Jan. 3, said Theo Koupelis, an astronomy professor at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. The loud noise and light might have been caused by a meteoroid hitting the ground, he said.
I wish I lived in that area ...I would be out there seaching with my metal detector after I got permission from the owner.Speaking of that I saw a small object come from the sky that looked as if it fell some where between where I live and the Marshfied area. I watched it fall sometime around 2:00 A.M. in the mornning. It had a trail of smoke ..and a year ago the whole nieghbor hood watched as a large object came falling from the sky straight down, towards the Niellsville area,It lit the sky like fire works and was seen sometime after Christmas two years ago!These sightings seem to be getting more frequent and I defenetley want to be the person to find this treasure from the sky someday. I did own a meteorite that was certified by but lost it some how while moving. If you would like to read more information about these firey treasures from space, you can find lots of cool sites on the internet to get good information on what they look like and how to go about searching for them..It is well worth the time to learn about meteorites. www.MeteoriteMan.com is a great place to start and it is owned by the greatest of all meteorite hunters, Mr. Bob Haag.You can also go to Mark Bostick's web site and send any rock to be checked by him to see if it is indeed a meteorite. Happy New Year's and good luck having fun meteorite hunting!
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2005 11:45:40 GMT -6 by Einstein2