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Kecksburg PA Newsclipping?

From: John Tenney <mainorg@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 07:09:03 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 13:16:57 -0500
Subject: Kecksburg PA Newsclipping?

The Daily Tribune
Royal Oak, Michigan
Friday, December 10, 1965

Expert Theory: Gemini (Natural Kind) Caused Sky Show

From Tribune Wires

Astronomers theorized today - in the absence of conclusive
information - that The dazzling orange-white light which flashed
across the northern United States Thursday may have been An
unusually bright meteor shower from the Gemini Constellation.

They pointed out that the Gemini shower - after which the United
States Gemini series of orbital flight was named - annually is
brightest this time of year.

But they acknowledge there were many unusual aspects to the
phenomena late Thursday afternoon which set off a wave of phone
calls to police, military authorities airports and newspapers.

Early speculation ranged from reports of plane crashes to guided
missile firings.

The Daily Tribune and all South Oakland and Macomb County police
and fire stations received a steady stream of inquires shortly
after the bright light flashed through the area about 4:40pm.

But Defense Department and private airline officials reported
today that all aircraft and missiles are accounted for.

An Air Force spokesman in Washington said shortly before noon
today that a search of a wooded area in southwestern
Pennsylvania where many small fires were reported turned up

He said the Air Force has called off the search and in the
absence of any other explanation is classifying the fireball as
a "natural phenomena."

Still unexplained if the discovery in Lapeer County - just north
of Oakland - of two small stacks of shredded foil similar to
those thrown from military aircraft and missiles to confuse
enemy radar.

Deputy Sheriff Lenny Tolly said he found "about a peck" of the
shredded material in a swamp after receiving a telephone report
that something had crashed into the area.

Samples of the foil have been sent to the Air Force for
laboratory tests, he said.

Astronomer William Schultz of the Cranbrook Institute of
Science, Bloomfield Hills, and other astronomers across the
country, pointed out that the Earth is now entering the period
of the Geminid meteor shower.

It usually reaches its peak next Monday or Tuesday but lasts for
six days before and after the peak period, he said.

The shower is an annual affair when about 50 meteors an hour hit
the Earth’s atmosphere instead of the usual 6 or 7, he said.

The Geminid shower is so called because the meteors seem to be
radiating from the Constellation Gemini. Actually he said, it is
because the Earth in its orbit around the sun annually passes
through an area strewn with pieces of rock and metal which
probably are debris from an old comet.

Several pilots reported to the tower at Metropolitan Airport
that they saw a flash and heard an explosion.

"Some said they felt an explosion, saw a puff in the sky and saw
bits of metal falling" said Leo Wozniak, supervisor of the
Federal Aviation Agency at Metro Airport.

In South Oakland, Pleasant Ridge Police Chief John M. Connolly
said he saw a "big orange glow- like a bright light turned on in
the sky" passing from the southeast. He said it turned white and
left a vapor trail.

Connolly said an airplane passed a few seconds later and
estimated the flash was higher than the plane.

The U.S. Weather Bureau said the visibility ceiling was 26,000
feet Thursday afternoon.

Other reports came from residents in almost every South Oakland
and Macomb community.

Sightings were reported in at least 10 states - mostly in the
northeast - but including Idaho and California. The western
reports were later - about midnight.

submitted by
John E.L. Tenney

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