Monday, January 28, 2013

Roanoke Regional Airport (KROA), Virginia: Possible theory for "fireball" seen in night sky Sunday

Here's a new theory that may explain the "fireball" people saw in the sky last night.

Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner says "space junk may have burned up in the Earth's atmosphere and that light would have been visible to people along the East Coast."

The timing fits just right. A piece of the Cosmos 1484 entered the earth's atmosphere around 9 p.m. Sunday and burned up between 9:15 and 9:27.

The Cosmos was a Soviet remote sensing satellite launched from the Baikonus Cosmodrome aboard a Vostok rocket. The satellite was launched in July 24, 1983.

The fireball was first seen in Canada and hugged the east coast as it continued to burn.

This is the report on that possible falling space junk:

It wasn't just seen in southwest Virginia. In fact, the fireball was reported to the site, from witnesses across the northeast.

Visit this link to see all fireballs reported to


Several people have called into the WDBJ7 newsroom with reports that they saw a huge fireball in the sky in Bedford, Franklin and Roanoke Counties.

It happened around 9:30 Sunday night.

We called authorities in those areas along with the Roanoke Regional Airport.

They all say they've received calls about this, as well.

Roanoke Regional Airport has confirmed this was not a plane crash.

WDBJ7 Meteorologist Jay Webb says it could have been a meteor.

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