Meteorite report grounds Colorado firefighting planes

6:12 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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BELLVUE, Colorado - Authorities say reports of a possible meteorite or meteor shower briefly grounded firefighting aircraft battling a central Colorado wildfire.

Meteorologist Scott Entrekin of the National Weather Service says emergency officials in Chaffee County 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 two commercial aircraft flying over Liberal, Kan., reported what appeared to be a meteorite at 12:47 p.m. MDT.

He said the Colorado sighting occurred at about the same time. The Federal Aviation Administration says it has no confirmed reports of a meteorite. It says there were no reported disruptions to commercial airlines.

DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press

The Associated Press

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