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Meteor hits near Carcross

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

The Canadian government confirmed that the bright flashes of light seen in Juneau, Skagway and Haines on Tuesday morning were most probably a meteor.

The Emergency Measures Organization in Whitehorse said the meteor landed near Carcross, Yukon Territory, about 7:50 a.m. Juneau time.

Emergency Measures combined sightings from NAV Canada with seismic information from the Pacific Geo Science Centre, and officials concluded ``a suspected meteorite entered the atmosphere and hit the ground in the vicinity of Carcross.''

Eric Magnuson, director of EMO, is gathering more information from the local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. People who encounter suspected debris are advised not to approach closer, but to note the location and report it to the RCMP.

One of Juneau's witnesses was Petty Officer Roger W. Wetherell of the U.S. Coast Guard. However, like many others who saw it, Wetherell dismissed it.

``I saw it when I was driving to work,'' Wetherell said. ``But I thought it was lightning.''

About noon Tuesday, CNN's Web site reported that the Canada and Alaska sightings were the result of an American missile test gone wrong. However, Alaskan Command, housed at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, denied it.



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