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Unidentified Fireball Flies Across Texas

February 16, 2009

In Texas Sunday morning, many reports were made to authorities of a fireball streaking across the state’s sky.

“We don’t know what it was,” said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office helicopters were sent to search for a plane crash, after callers reported that’s what they might have seen, a spokesman said.

“We don’t doubt what people saw but authorities found nothing,” said spokesman John Foster.

According to the U.S. Strategic Command, there is no connection to the sightings over Texas and Tuesday’s collision of satellites from the U.S. and Russia.

“There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry,” said Maj. Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.

Sunday, the FAA notified pilots to be aware of possible space debris after a collision between U.S. and Russian communication satellites.  Clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth for thousands of years and threaten numerous satellites, according to the chief of Russian’s Mission Control.

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