Meteor Sighting In Kansas Wednesday, Earlier Sighting In Colorado Grounds Firefighting Planes

Posted 2 years ago

By Associated Press

Authorities say there were increased reports of a possible meteorite or meteor shower today, one of which briefly grounded firefighting aircraft battling a central Colorado wildfire.

One of the unconfirmed meteorite sightings came in from Salina around 6:31 PM, Wednesday.

Meteorologist Scott Entrekin of the National Weather Service says emergency officials in Chaffee County, Colorado reported a possible meteor in the skies near the Springer Fire. They briefly grounded four single-engine aircraft fighting the 1,100-acre blaze west of Colorado Springs.

Entrekin said Wednesday that the crews of 2 commercial aircraft flying over Liberal, Kan., reported what appeared to be a meteorite at 1:47 p.m. Central Daylight Time, or 12:47 p.m. Mountain time. He said the Colorado sighting occurred at about the same time.

The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to confirm reports of a meteorite. It says there were no reported disruptions to commercial airlines.


  • Randy Martin

    I was lucky enough to witness the one Wednesday afternoon