Streak of light startles central Florida

Nov. 20, 2004 at 1:05 AM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A bright streak of light in the early morning sky Friday startled residents in central Florida.

WKMG-TV in Orlando reported receiving that hundreds of people called the station and a local radio talk show to report the mystery light or to seek information on what caused it.

"This could have been a meteorite and there was some talk that their might have been a satellite going back through earth's atmosphere," the TV station's meteorologist, Reynolds Wolf, said. "Right now, we are thinking maybe a meteorite."

The Leonid meteor shower, usually one of the most spectacular of the year, peaked early Friday.

Tom Deer, a station employee who served as an Air Force meteorologist, described the light as a white streak that lasted for about 30 seconds and was bright enough to light up the area.

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