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Hundreds Spot Fireballs In Colorado, Nearby States 509

pingpong writes "Hundreds of people in Colorado and 7 surrounding states have reported seeing "fireballs" in the night sky. They are described as being 10 to 15 times larger than a normal shooting star and bluish in color. Two people even claimed to see one land, but it has yet to be found. The Daily Camera is reporting it online here." Field reports invited.
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Hundreds Spot Fireballs In Colorado, Nearby States

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  • I think this guy [slashdot.org] owes us an explanation. Does he know something we should know?
  • by thoolie ( 442789 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:14AM (#4414851)
    You don't need to go to colorado to get FIREABALLS, if you go to your local grocery store you can find them sitting next to the LEMONHEADS and the SOUR JACKS. Come on people, pay attention.
    But i think the big question is whether or noth they were ATOMIC FIREBALLS??

    "What's wrong Ralph?"

    " THEY....TASTE...LIKE....BURNING..."--
  • by cmeans ( 81143 ) <{moc.raftni} {ta} {snaemc}> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:15AM (#4414854) Homepage Journal
    It's the first stage of the invasion...first you watch the pretty lights...then you go blind...then the triffids eat you.

    Keep salt water handy...it's your only defense! It melts them.

  • by Drakker ( 89038 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:15AM (#4414855) Homepage Journal
    All we need now are signs in random fields and we can start to panic.

    Arm those water guns!
  • by ComaVN ( 325750 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:18AM (#4414876)
    It's gotta be weather balloons. It's always weatherballoons. Big, fiery, exploding weatherballoons
  • must be (Score:5, Funny)

    by doubtless ( 267357 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:18AM (#4414878) Homepage
    one of those ships from Quaoar ..
  • by oldmacdonald ( 80995 ) <johnasmolin@aim.cCOLAom minus caffeine> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:19AM (#4414882)
    Could it have anything to do with the three and a half pounds of sodium in the other story I just saw?
    • Re:Could it be? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by echosilex ( 558233 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:03AM (#4415073)
      Sodium results in a yellow color upon burning. For a blue color, you'd burn copper compounds.

      Here's an interesting thing to try--
      Stick a couple of old forks in a pickle with the handles pointing away from each other. Split a power cord down the middle and attach some alligator clips to the cut off part. Attach the clips to the forks and put the plug in the wall. After a few seconds, you'll see the pickel glow yellow between where the forks are stuck in the pickle. It's pretty neat to watch.
  • Better story (Score:5, Informative)

    by jasoncart ( 573937 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:21AM (#4414894) Homepage
    Over at the Denver Post [denverpost.com]
  • There was a time in my life when I would have been excited by this. ...but then I saw 'Signs'.

    I'm going to go home and start filling up water glasses.
  • Witness (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dargaud ( 518470 ) <slashdot2@gdarga[ ]net ['ud.' in gap]> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:23AM (#4414906) Homepage
    As a mountain climber I often sleep out and high up, so have an excellent view of shooting stars. But the weirdest of all looks like that report. It was 54 years ago in central Italy, driving at night on a desert mountain road. I saw a fiery fireball in the sky, moving slowly from left to right.

    I had the time to: understand (maybe) what it was, wake up my wife, stop the car, get out an look. Total time maybe 20 seconds. The 'object' was moving slowly, spewing green flames and eaving a long lasting orange trail behind. Trajectory was more or less horizontal. It disapeared in a flash. I tried to listen but there wasn't any noise besides the cooling car engine.

    • Nah, that wasn't a fireball. That's just an alien spaceship. The engine leaves a trail.
    • Re:Witness (Score:5, Funny)

      by AnotherShep ( 599837 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:03AM (#4415072)
      "I saw a fiery fireball in the sky..."

      That's nothing bad. It's those icy fireballs you have to watch out for...
    • Re:Witness (Score:5, Informative)

      by sniggly ( 216454 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @04:28AM (#4415387) Journal
      with an almost horizontal trajectory that can happen, the object would be streaking through the medium layers of the atmosphere, all the while evaporating its layers until it expires in a puff or blows up because of too much heat. There's no sound because the explosion could happen quite far away in what is a relatively thin medium so there isn't much sound. I've seen one explode too and waited for what in my mind would be a big booming sound, but nothing came.
    • Re:Witness (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Afrosheen ( 42464 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @04:53AM (#4415447)
      I saw something unbelievable one time, true story. About 5 friends and I and an old girlfriend were hiking one night at Turner Falls. We sat on top of this cave and watched the stars since it was such a clear night and we were accustomed to seeing just a few stars in the city. One person noticed a darker star that was moving. We got excited and everyone looked for it, and saw it. It was probably a satellite because it was moving in a straight line.

      Here's where the craziness comes in. The more we looked at the sky, the more people started to see more satellites. In all there were probably 8 we could watch moving, all in vector paths from the horizon to some point in the sky. That point ended up being nearly directly overhead from us.

      Once the dark stars reached a central point, they formed a slowly rotating circle. None of us could believe what we were seeing and we were all scared shitless. None of us could look away either because it was so unreal.

      After less than ten minutes, we saw clouds blowing in hard from the south. The wind probably hit 20mph in a matter of minutes and we decided it was probably a good idea to leave. The dark stars were still circling overhead when the clouds fully obscured our view of the sky.

      We drove fast and hard all the way home and nobody said much of anything. We beat the storm home and it was fairly clear outside except for the clouds coming up from the south where we had been. I don't know if anyone else besides myself has told the story but I don't blame them if they haven't. It sounds like bullshit to anyone who hears it, and it still freaks me out to this day.
      • Re:Witness (Score:5, Funny)

        by mosch ( 204 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @10:21AM (#4416482) Homepage
        Yah, same sort of thing happened to me and my friends in November 2001, during the Leonids.

        We had found a mirror-flat lake in the country and we were stumbling around watching the shooting stars, when suddenly we appeared to be on an ancient spacecraft. I looked up and saw the stars reorganizing themselves into various patterns, the constellations drawing themselves out to create realistic images.

        We continued this strange, and very cold, journey throughout the evening, until my socks turned into meat.

        Very few people believe me when I tell this story. Until I mention the presence of some extremely potent LSD.

  • Poor sarge. (Score:5, Funny)

    by blowhole ( 155935 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:25AM (#4414911)
    On the "astronomical" chance of anything being discovered, Sgt. Byfield said, police would have contacted officials from the University of Colorado to determine what to do.

    Dude, I'd be mad as hell if some whack journalist put my name in the same goddamn PARAGRAPH as that pun.
  • Say what? [funny] (Score:5, Insightful)

    by djupedal ( 584558 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:27AM (#4414925)
    "None of the fireballs appear to have anything in common with each other."

    Other than:
    • When they arrived
    • Where they were seen
    • Why they were in this vicinity
    • Color
    • Speed
    • Size
    • Origin
    • Composition [Class III Fireball - Do not handle without proper training and protection. Consult your handbook.]
    Reach for the sky, hombre!
    • by Malcontent ( 40834 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:52AM (#4415035)
      What I found interesting was that there was no attempt made to try and explain this phenomena. All then talk about is how rare it is and how they are unrelated. You'd think a scientist would exhibit at least some curiosity about the subject.
      • Well, it's entirely explainable by random chance. Unusual, but hardly impossible.
        • Claiming coincidence is not a explanation. The article stated that it's extremely rare for this to happen so you'd think that a scientist would wonder if there was something going on to to manifest this thing. Otherwise sheer coincidence can explain just about anything.
      • by kfg ( 145172 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @04:21AM (#4415368)
        There is a difference between rare and unheard off. I'd also point out that stating the events were apparently unrelated indicates not only some curiosity, but that some investigation due to that curiosity had occured.

        Being dealt a Royal Flush is rare, it is notable, it happens. Why, and why on *that* hand?

        Because shit like that happens. By chance.

        What were the odds of being dealt that last hand you got that wasn't a Royal Flush?

        Ah! If you knew the anwer to that you'ld know a lot more about "coincidence" than you apparently do now.

        By the way, why do you suppose they call it "astronomical" odds?

    • by mbadolato ( 105588 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:13AM (#4415255)
      [Class III Fireball - Do not handle without proper training and protection. Consult your handbook.]

      Do not taunt Happy Fireball
      • by cebe ( 34322 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:43AM (#4415313) Journal

        If I remember correctly.... :)

        Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.

      • Happy Fun Ball [happyfunball.com] on the web.

        Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
        • Itching
        • Vertigo
        • Dizziness
        • Tingling in extremities
        • Loss of balance or coordination
        • Slurred speech
        • Temporary blindness
        • Profuse sweating
        • Heart palpitations
        If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.
    • Re:Say what? [funny] (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Lumpy ( 12016 )
      Actually I observed one of these 3 weeks ago at arounf 9:30pm on the west coast of lake michigan. although I think the size's reported are way off in regards to what I saw.

      They are just larger meteors.. I have seen about 6 in my lifetime like this... but then I spend lots of time looking at the sky at night (3-4 nights a week in the hottub for 30-45 minutes staring at the open night sky)

      the interesting thing is their approach direction is wrong.. for the time of the night it should have been from the west and more vertical as the planet was travelling in the direction at that time.. this one reentered as if it had been orbiting the planet from an odd direction (from the north) and was very flat(travelled across the sky with no visible angle toward the ground)

      I highly doubt that these are special at all.. Meteorites happen... get over it people.
    • Composition [Class III Fireball - Do not handle without proper training and protection. Consult your handbook.]

      Oh no! Fireballs have HMIS information?! I already have to find the rest of those 10 000 Material Safety Data Sheets for work; where oh where am I going to find contact information for "Fireball Manufacturers"?

      As if my job weren't tough enough...

      Interrobang, Conscript MSDS Updater
  • by teamhasnoi ( 554944 ) <teamhasnoi AT yahoo DOT com> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:28AM (#4414928) Journal
    Well, I was on the International Space Station playing cribbage with one of the Russian guys when he decided to get a snack.

    "LUNCH, NOT LAUNCH!" I yelled as he absent-mindedly pushed the button that freed the living quarters from the rest of the station.

    ....um, right now I'm falling. Yup. Falling fast. It's pretty warm in here. Whew. Better put on a t-shirt.

    Ok. I'm looking out the window. Hey! I see clouds! Cool. That looks like mountains over there... I wonder if 3pojjaet8rj['[545$YW#$#..

    Ok. I seem to have crashed. I can't move my legs. Could someone please get me an asprin? I'll try to walk. Oh God! The pain... it's excruciating! Ow. I think my leg just snapped. Ow. Ow. Ow.

  • by ruiner13 ( 527499 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:29AM (#4414938) Homepage
    "It's quite astounding that we've seen two in two nights," said John Bally, an astrophysics professor at CU. "Sporadic fireballs are quite rare. Unless we're in a meteor storm, it's very uncommon."

    Um, so why can't we be in a meteor storm? They find new comets and asteroids all the time, why can't there have been one that passed through the orbit of the earth that we missed? Anyway, I think it's probably just a satellite that was in geosync orbit over that area that came apart over a few days. That would explain why the fireballs have been fairly localized, and the unusual colors come from the variety of unique metals in most space objects we build. I imagine based ont he color descriptions of the flames they'd be able to at least take an educated guess on what compounds were combusing. Let's all just hope that whatever came down didn't bring any radioactive material with it.

    • by c0y ( 169660 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:55AM (#4415222) Homepage
      http://comets.amsmeteors.org/meteors/showers/eta_c etids.html

      "This stream ... seems to possess very weak, almost nonexistent
      activity, with occasional fireballs thrown in. The duration of activity
      stretches from September 20 to November 2, while the maximum occurs
      during the first week of October..."
    • "was in geosync orbit over that area "

      Colorado isn't on the equator. Or even remotely near it.

      ya, he meant LEO(low earth orbit) sats tho...they follow very elliptical orbits, and are not usually equatorial.

      You have both missed the point. A satellite (or any thing else for that matter) that is in Geosyncronous orbit will never come back down. That's exactly the point of using GEO orbits, you're basically at the point where an object travling at the same angular speed than earth own rotation does not change in altitude.

      If my memory serves me, it is around 36'000Km compared to LEO which is around 200-400Km (the space shuttle is presently [nasa.gov] at 222.6KM).

    • by IdahoEv ( 195056 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @11:01AM (#4416744) Homepage
      Um, so why can't we be in a meteor storm?

      We can't because we aren't. A meteor storm is explicitly defined [thursdaysclassroom.com] as a period during which at least 1000 meteors per hour are observed. These events are extremely rare. The Leonids just barely exceeded that in 2001 [space.com], and in 1966 they topped 100,000 per hour over the US. Here's a decent history of the Leonids [leonids.org].

      Meteor showers are common, occurring 10-14 times per year. Meteor storms are quite uncommon, occurring maybe three or four times per century.
  • by j3110 ( 193209 ) <samterrell@NOsPam.gmail.com> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:29AM (#4414939) Homepage
    After looking around for more info, I found a cnn article [cnn.com] describing another event like this only a few days ago.
  • by mesocyclone ( 80188 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:31AM (#4414950) Homepage Journal
    Many years ago, my family was driving from El Paso, TX to Albuquerque, NM, when we saw a number of fireballs. The first occurred just after sunset, was visually a large, bright green glowing object leaving a smoke trail. It traveled east to west and lasted about 10 seconds, then broke up into two pieces and disappeared. We were just north of El Paso, and were listening to KOMA in Oklahoma, City - there were many reports called in to them from many states.

    As the drive continued, we saw about 6 more fireballs, all red, all running east to west, through the rest of the evening.

    Quite a show. The clear and thin high altitude air of the rockies, along with the lack of city lights, makes these sitings a lot more common in those areas.

    We didn't see any LGM, however.
    • Okay, I know spelling/grammar flaming isn't right, and this isn't anything personal (I make flagrant errors due to fast typing an no proofreading myself), but I am really beginning to be bugged by people mixing up "site" and "sight." A "site" is a place, a location. A "sight" is something to see, something seen or worth seeing. So you have a web "site" and a "sight" to see. This is not to mention the word "cite," which is a verb meaning "to refer to" or "to quote."

      Cite, site, sight.

      Sorry about that. Phew. Now, on topic:

      No LGMs? Any BEMs?
  • Planet X (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jin Wicked ( 317953 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:34AM (#4414960) Homepage Journal

    There are many people that believe in the year 2003, another planet is going to enter our solar system from either outside the solar system or another dimension. It's known either as Planet X, or a name that starts with N, which escapes me at the moment... I do find it an interesting coincidence that a story was just posted about the discovery of a new planet, and now to hear of these bizarre fireballs. I'm sure they're having a field day with this on the Art Bell show tonight. I'm a skeptic on all things "extraterrestrial" and paranormal, but it's still really interesting to listen to. :)

    • Nibiru (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Jin Wicked ( 317953 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:39AM (#4414977) Homepage Journal

      is the planet's name, for anyone who wants to do a Google search or look on Art's site about it. I should also mention that they expect highly evolved alien races to accompany this giant planet/spaceship. :)

      • okay, so huge planet-like spacial contraption gets near human-like civilization. So what next? Darth Vader payin us a visit?

        Uncle Owwweeeeeeeeeeen

    • Re:Planet X (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Nedmud ( 157169 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:49AM (#4415319)
      I read about something called the "Nemesis Theory", by Richard Muller, which proposes that Sol is actually a binary star system (in which Sol B is called Nemesis or the Death Star ;-). Every 26 million years Nemesis passes through the Oort cloud and collects comets, some of which hit us.

      The evidence for this is the periodic drops in biodiversity (i.e. mass extinctions) that seem to occur every 26 million years (according to some paleontolists). However, we are between extinctions, and should be relatively trouble free for more than 10 million years.

      From other posts in the vicinity it looks like Nemesis wasn't what you were talking about, but I guess it's in the same category. Personally, I think we would know if there was another star--even a small dark one--that close to us.

      (Source: Michio Kaku, _Hyperspace_, pp. 296-298. Recommended for people like me who can't get past first-year university but like scientific things anyhow.)
  • The sodium-in-the-pool experiment must be a go-code for them. ("Go go go! Our undercovers have turned all the water into acid!")
  • by hansroy ( 575558 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:41AM (#4414982) Journal
    "rash of fireballs" Reading that line made me snort milk.

  • These big, slow green fireballs happen from time to time. The only difference this time is that there were two different consecutive fireballs in two days. Its probably two chunks of the same rock...

    Just like shoemaker-levy did when it smashed an earth sized crater in Jupiter. No worries.
  • by leviramsey ( 248057 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:48AM (#4415020) Journal

    I note that the reports are of the fireballs landing near Boulder. Does this mean that Mork from Ork has arrived?

    Nanoo Nanoo!

    [For those young whippersnappers who don't watch TV land, the popular TV show Mork and Mindy, starring Robin Williams, was set in Boulder]

  • by thedbp ( 443047 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @01:48AM (#4415022)
    Several /. readers e-mailed their concerns over a sharp increase in one-liners today, fueling speculation that these one-liners are not just a random occurance, but perhaps the first ungodly signs of the oncoming apocolypse.

    "usually we'll see a few, maybe even a bunch, of one-liners for certain stories we've posted," said CmdrTaco, languishing in a drunken hallucinagenic stupor on the steps of his villa in the south of france. "but christ, its like henny youngman possessed the populace on a scale rivaling that of ..." Taco then gurgled and sputtered and dropped to a heap on the patio.

    "certainly one-liners are a common, almost obligatory, form of logical reponse," said one reader, "but this many makes me want to get in a white van and shoot people at random. do these people think they're funny? its really just in bad taste."

    one-liner watchers are unconcerned however. "we've seen this before - like the article about the giant Bart Simpson doll copulating with a penguin - and no substantial harm was done on the long term." some, however, are still reliving the nightmare.

    with no end in sight to this barrage, Micro$oft engineers have released a worm to tack on at least 3 sentences promoting WindowsS.Ux, Ballmer Edition to each post to space out the green bars just a little further.

  • WOuld it be Orson Welles, by anyc hance?

    Jay (=
  • by Nathdot ( 465087 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:04AM (#4415075)
    The first conlusion we should all jump to is that this is unequivocable evidence of an extra-terrestrial encounter.

    All those who say otherwise are cynical naysayers.

    By the time they are convinced it could well be too late. The time for action is now.

    I for one support the military action that George W. Bush is planning for these alien enemies of state. So grab a gun and head for Colorado! Time is a-wasting.
  • by jamesh ( 87723 )
    54 comments, and only one triffid reference??? and that one made reference to the _stupid_ movie where salt water killed them.

    what's wrong with you people!

    maybe there's just nothing funny about plants that eat people...
    • I thought Wyndam was quite insightful. He was only wrong about the USSR unleashing a blinding satellite on us all. He nailed the genetically modified plants. Heck, one of them was mentioned on /. today, as a "mining plant" for toxic chemicals.
      Great, now I have to go stock up on triffid guns and toilet paper.
  • by Grip3n ( 470031 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:11AM (#4415100) Homepage
    If you're like me, you *want* to see some pictures.

    http://www.cloudbait.com/science/fireballs.html [cloudbait.com]

    Quite a bit of extra information is on this site as well.
  • by Mind Socket ( 180517 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:15AM (#4415119) Homepage
    ... great balls of fire!

    What a concept! It simply shakes my nerves and it rattles my brains.
  • by Ektanoor ( 9949 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:21AM (#4415135) Journal
    I read a few days ago that near Irkutsk, Russia a big meteorite seem to have fallen in a remote location. The thing seemed to be huge and it seems to have landed as there was a small quake after getting out of view.

    Besides, if I don't miss things it looks like that there is one more account about a similar phenomena out of the USA. Unfortunately I don't remember the place.

    So, it seems that we are inside some fresh new cloud of cosmical debris. The events we see are probably the result of Earth crossing the trajectory of Kuiper belt newcomer. Usually, when this happens, we get some spectacular phenomena on the skies, usually presented as meteorite showers. However this fireball show is surely less usual to see. The fact that this lasts for a few days is probably the result that the newcomer crumbled to pieces while approaching the Sun.
  • by Loki_1929 ( 550940 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:33AM (#4415155) Journal
    This is simple, really...

    Wargames [imdb.com] + LSD [erowid.org] = Science: Hundreds Spot Fireballs In Colorado, Nearby States [slashdot.org]

  • I find it amazing that my paper, the Daily Camera could actually merit a post on slashdot.. wow..
  • yeah right.
  • by Captain_Chaos ( 103843 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @02:51AM (#4415217)
    It's very odd that the CNN article said the second fireball was going the other way from the first one. If they were both from a debris cloud and occurred at the same time in the same place they should have been going in exaclty the same direction since they would be travelling in more or less the same direction and the orientation of the Earth in relation to their path would be more or less the same...

    If the article is correct, one or both of the fireballs must have been something else, such as a sattelite reentering the atmosphere, despite all the quotes from experts saying that they were meteorites...
    • by ColaMan ( 37550 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:17AM (#4415265) Journal
      Actually there is a term called the 'radiant' when discussing meteor showers - all the meteors in a particular stream will appear to come from the same patch of sky, radiating outwards.

      It's similar to bugs heading towards your windscreen - they all appear to originate from one point (ahead on the highway) but as they get closer they radiate out and hit different parts of the windscreen from your perspective.

      I presume that at this time the radiant was close to 90 degrees overhead - then they would appear to be heading in different directions.
  • http://www.artbell.com/ [artbell.com]
    No doubt this is the beginning of the end for Colorado as the ALiens are probably kidnaping thousands of people and implanting them with mind control computers that will turn them into mindless Microsoft users. Who Cares.
  • by Keyan ( 115515 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:23AM (#4415277) Homepage

    It wasn't one of the most recent fireballs, but the one on September 6th [cloudbait.com].

    It was probably around 8 at night and I was walking back to my dorm room (Univ of Colorado at Colorado Springs [uccs.edu]) from work. I was almost back to the campus when I saw a bright but small fireball in the northeast sky. Mostly white with a bluish tinge it moved pretty slowly (for a metor/shooting star) across the sky, parallel to the ground, and leaving behind little particles that glowed briefly before fading away. After about 30 seconds, the fireball itself faded away.

    Since there was a plane in the sky near where I saw it first, I thought it was a firework or something shot from the plane. Maybe the military testing something (who doesn't like a good mystery?). For some reason, a metor never occured to me.

    I've always wanted to see one of these, cool.

  • by saskboy ( 600063 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @03:45AM (#4415315) Homepage Journal
    Canadian Fireballs [uregina.ca] ... and other Astronomy information can be had from this website. It is part of my Astronomy professor's site, and he specializes in fireballs.
  • No Photos? (Score:5, Funny)

    by altinsel ( 54917 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @04:16AM (#4415355) Homepage Journal
    Was I the only one that was expecting some photos at the daily *camera*?

    Anyway, for those of you jealous of Colorado residents, take out your geeked out keychain and stare into the bright blue light. Now step outside and look at the sky. Yeah... it was a lot like that...

    And don't worry, they should go away in a few hours.

  • by Qbertino ( 265505 ) <moiraNO@SPAMmodparlor.com> on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @06:51AM (#4415679)
    Another witness reported seeing a bluish object about 10 to 15 times the size of a typical shooting star streak across the southwestern sky Monday night south of Boulder.

    Wasn't that the guy who asked Kevin Kostner to call him "Mr. X" in the JFK movie?
    From what I understand this is the same guy that also saw that indestructable "tin-foil" laying around in Maricopa by Roswell after that big bang one night. And he once had a Job on Area 51 and had this bumb-in with a small greyish green bug-eyed humanoid in a silver spandex jumpsuit.
    I know that guy. He's absolutely trustworthy.
  • by pizza_milkshake ( 580452 ) on Wednesday October 09, 2002 @10:21AM (#4416486)
    Field reports invited.

    I'm here at the crash scene... there is a glow and a deep hum and a glow coming from the crater... a door is opening... oh my god... they're coming towards me... this is the most incredible thing i've ever trererewwerw

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard