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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Woman reports seeing falling object in evening sky

  • The sight of an object burning up as it fell through the sky Thursday evening prompted a local woman to call the Hannibal Courier-Post newsroom in the hope of learning what she had seen.
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  • The sight of an object burning up as it fell through the sky Thursday evening prompted a local woman to call the Hannibal Courier-Post newsroom in the hope of learning what she had seen.
    Lola McDonald reported seeing the object as she was leaving work for her home south of Center.
    “It lasted a long time,” she said, adding that the object’s burn duration was long enough that after McDonald made a comment about it a co-worker was able to turn around and see it, too.
    McDonald says she spotted the meteor in the northern sky approximately 10 minutes before 6 p.m.
    “It was so big that I thought it was a plane that had exploded,” she said. “It was big and fat, not like a falling star.”
    Its predominant colors were red and green, with some blue mixed in.
    “It switched from one color to another, but there was no white,” said McDonald, citing a difference between what she had seen and a typical “falling star.”
    McDonald was curious if others had seen the same thing. Mike Hall, Marion County 911 director, said no such calls were received there. However, a Des Moines, Iowa, television station - WHO TV – was reporting Thursday evening receiving “several witness accounts” from people, including some along the Iowa/Missouri border, who witnessed a bright meteor as it flew over central Iowa.
    According to FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the American Meteor Society was receiving reports from people in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois who spotted the “fireball” in the sky.
    On WHO’s Facebook page, one woman described the object’s color change as it went from “yellow red and orange to green blue and purple.” She also reported seeing it break into at least three pieces before breaking up.
    A man wrote that it “looked like a giant firework going sideways,” adding it gave off a “bright green glowing color.”
    McDonald says it was a memorable experience.
    “It was one of the craziest and neatest things I’ve ever seen,” she said. “In my whole life I’ve never seen anything like it.”
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