ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Debris from re-entering rocket seen this morning over Denver … and in N.M.
A shower of debris at first thought to be a meteor shower was witnessed — and videotaped — over Denver around 6:15 this morning, according to this report on Denver's Channel 9 Web site (linked on Drudge).
There are no reports of damage and the debris is not believed to be dangerous, the station reported.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told the Denver station that the debris was from an SL-4 rocket body that re-entered the Earth's atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming.
The Rocky Mountain News is reporting on its Web site that NORAD is confirming that the rocket body was Russian and a chunk of it landed in Riverton, Wyo., near Highway 28, around 6:13 this morning.
Brilliant streaks of light appeared to fall from north to south over the western part of the Denver metro area, the Rocky reported.
Reports of sightings came into Denver's Channel 9 from as far away as Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming.
You can also see video of the spectacular shower from Denver's Channel 7 (which says the rocket was Russian) and the local Fox News channel (KDVR Fox 31 ). And Denver's Channel 4 weighs in with some video.
Apparently the same phenomenon put in an appearance over New Mexico this morning.
Here's what one e-mailer had to say, in writing to our own John Fleck and KOB-TV's Steve Stucker:
I'm curious as to how many others may have seen what I saw this morning. About 6:10 this morning I was northbound on I-25 near the San Felipe Elementary School and I noticed what appeared to be a moving white cloud to the west. The moon was full and otherwise the sky was clear. I pulled out of traffic and stopped on the shoulder to watch what was happening. It was a cluster of perhaps fifteen or so objects traveling from the northwest to the southeast in a shallow decline. All objects were glowing, some smaller ones were fading, and finally the larger ones were remaining until they too faded out. I watched this for several seconds.