5 State Meteor
July 8, 2004
- Bright Lights Seen in Sky Over 5 States
- A meteor shower Wednesday night lit up the sky from Texas to western Tennessee, prompting a flood of reports to law
enforcement officers throughout a five-state region. The lights flashed across the sky shortly after 9 p.m. in portions of Texas,
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Tennessee. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the spotting was a
meteorite, probably several. A spokesman for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the sightings were not tied to
a weather event.
- Large Meteor Seen Over Several States
- Thousands of reports tonight across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri of a big ball of fire with a tail, flying across the
northeast sky. Calls began coming into our newsroom a little after 9:30, all with the same story. Witnesses describe
something that looked like a meteor or a comet. Authorities across East Texas are looking for answers tonight. A spokesman
for the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the sightings were not tied to a weather event and were likely a meteor
shower. NORAD has told FEMA today was the first day of heightened meteor showers that could last the rest of the month.