Fireball reported over Oregon skies


by By Staff


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 12:16 PM

Nov. 21: Canadian meteor

BEND, Ore. -- Some Oregonians from Bend to Portland reported a bright fireball flash across the northern sky Thursday night.

Bend station KTVZ reported all of the sightings just after 5 p.m.

Rod Wells told the station he had just pulled out of the Hooker Creek rental yard in La Pine and was heading north on Highway 97.

"I just went, 'Wow, look at that!'" he recalled.

Witnesses described it as green with some orange streaking across the night sky.

Meteorite expert Dick Pugh told KTVZ.COM he got six calls about the sighting, three on each side of the Cascades.

"One northwest of Portland said it was headed for China Hat," Pugh said. "There's no evidence of sonic booms or sound effects." We're past the Leonid meteor shower, he said, adding, "This is a 'stray,' it appears."

No law enforcement reported any calls about the object.

In February, a meteor was caught on camera streaking across a wide area of the Pacific Northwes.

( Producer Barry Lerten contributed to this report)