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Fireball Over New Hampshire

From: Greg St. Pierre <StrmNut@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 22:49:22 EST
Fwd Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 11:47:14 -0500
Subject: Fireball Over New Hampshire


Sunday was a strange day for New Hampshire, my home state. At
5:50 a.m., a minor earthquake was felt in southern NH and
northern Massachusetts, measuring about 2.7. An aftershock of
about the same magnitude occured at 10:20 a.m. Not a big deal,
but around here windows don't rattle unless a big truck is
passing by, and while tremors are rare in these parts, two on
the same day is unheard of.

Also, read the following story which appeared in the Monday
edition of Manchester's Union Leader:


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'Green flash' streaks through central NH sky

By Derek Rose
Union leader Staff

Bill Slatton was driving home when he saw what looked to be a
green fireball streak across the night sky in Pittsfield
yesterday.

"My God, this thing was as clear as day," he remembers thinking
to himself. "It was huge. It was right along side of us."

His fiancee, Kathy Bickford, saw it too. Police departments in
Bow and Northfield report sightings also, from callers
describing a "green flash" in the sky.

Slatton said he and his fiancee saw the fireball for a few
seconds as they drove south on on Route 28 in Pittsfield around
7:05 p.m. yesterday.

He said it was like the fireball that crashes into the earth in
a recent Dunkin Donuts commercial.

"It was descending almost like a plane descending. It's hard to
describe, it was just so awesome."

The object was about the size of a nickel or a quarter in the
sky, and perhaps a few thousand feet away and a few thousand
feet up, although it was hard to tell, Slatton said.

His stepson, who was in the van, didn't notice the object, he
said.

They tried to find where the fireball crashed, Slatton said, but
then realized if it was a meteor it "would leave such an impact,
we'd feel it."

They didn't find anything, but after arriving at the Epsom
traffic circle there seemed to be some kind of haze in the sky,
he said.

It was to the left of them as they drove south, perhaps landing
or crashing in the Pittsfield, Epsom or Chichester area, said
Slatton, a property maintenance contractor from Chichester.

"It was definitely not a reflection or anything, it was very
clear," he said.

James Ryan, a professor of physics and space science at the
University of New Hampshire, didn't think the report was
strange. "It could be a meteorite," he said. "Estimates of how
far away these things are are very unreliable."

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Note: Saw a similar fireball about 11 years ago directly over
Manchester NH. Almost crashed the car as a result. It
was a bright green firball, with smaller pieces breaking off.
Thought for sure it was going to hit the ground, but alas,
it burned out first.

Greg St. Pierre


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