As I sat at my desk this morning, a mysterious folder was dropped off. Sightings all across southern Louisiana. People saying they saw something in the sky.
The sightings weren't just in New Orleans. This was a mass sighting from as far West as Crockett Texas through south Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia and up through Nashville and bowling green Kentucky.
The descriptions were eerily similar: A bright light, streaking through the morning sky, but what was it? It was time to find out more.
"It was shooting off sparks almost like a giant sparkler" said Lee Hinson, one of the hundreds of witnesses.
I caught up with Hinson, the assistant fire chief of the St. Tammany Fire District, who told me "it looked like it was coming down.”
Hinson was on his way to work around 6:45 this morning when "all of a sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I see this thing streaking through the sky. Bright, bright, bright. The tip of it was almost solid white and then the rest of it was bright bright green and bright blue" explained Hinson.
What was it? Where did it come from? I needed answers.
As I continued the search I was sent a video by the Greater New Orleans Expressway commission. In it you can see a faint image of something moving quickly through the sky.
Where did this thing come from? I asked Bill Cooke is the lead scientist with the NASA Meteoroid Environment office. Cooke answered “Well we don't know that.”
"What entered the atmosphere above Alabama and Mississippi this morning was a fragment of a comet or an asteroid, so it was a natural object not a piece of space junk," Cooke explained.
NASA officials said the meteorite that flew through the sky weighed about 5 pounds and was moving at about 90-thousand miles an hour. They explained that the earth is bombarded with tons of space debris every day, but this was slightly rarer than usual.
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