|Occurred : 4/24/1999 21:30 (Entered as : 04/24/99 21:30)
Reported: 4/26/1999 00:05
Location: Olympia, WA
|Possible meteor impact due south of the washington state capital of olympia, washington
At or around 21:30 on Saturday the 24th of April, a friend and I were driving South bound on the I-5 towards Olympia. 22 miles North of the capitol I saw in the south eastern sky at or about 45 degrees from the horizon what appeared to be a meteorlike object falling to earth. it glowed hot white and gold in color and appeared to "drip" out of the sky at blinding speed. To the South lay a cloud bank that I believe to have hung over Centralia. This object passed between our position and the southern bank of clouds that hung in the twilight. The entire event lasted no more than 2-4 seconds in duration. I have no doubt that the impact was somewhere SE of the I-5 corridor in Olympia. I work as a underground utility location dispatcher in Bellevue, Washington. My trip to Olympia Saturday was to attend a house warming of a old friend. As a sometimes avid skywatcher I have in my life seen many meteor showers.This was not the most spectacular event I have witnessed, but this one definitely hit deck so to speak. I am aware of the Montana event and have spoke to an aquantence who believes he saw that same object Friday somewhere on the 405 North corridor in Bellevue. The object I saw however was definitely an independant event occuring Saturday.