[meteorite-list] NPA 03-13-1811 London Region Meteor, Terrors Locals

MARK BOSTICK thebigcollector at msn.com
Sun Dec 12 11:47:59 EST 2004

Paper: Centinel
City: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 1811
Page: 4

>From London Reports.
Extraordinary Meteor.

     ON the 19th of September, between the hours of five and six in the 
evening, a luminous meteor appeared in the south, and about the distance of 
a quarter of a league from the small commune of Brezeau, on the Meuse; 
persons who attentively examined it assert, that is was nearly a quarter of 
an hour in collecting, floating over the place where it was first seen, and 
that when all parts had united, it appeared all at once as a very 
considerable globe of fire; taking a northerly direction, it spread terror 
amongst the inhabitants of the village, who believed their houses would be 
burnt, and they themselves perish. This globe, was accompanied by a 
frightful noise, which was heard at the distance of more than a league and a 
half, and sometimes  resembled the roaring of a rapid chariot; at others, 
the noise of rain violently agitated by the wind. It was followed by a very 
thick fog, and carried up from the ground every thing it met in its passage. 
In crossing a river it absorbed water, which afterwards soon fell in rain. 
It wandered for some time near the village. One thing certain is, that the 
roof of a house was thrown own, which is the only trace it has left. It was 
accompanied and followed by an abundant rain, much lightening, and loud 
claps of thunder. Continuing in the same direction, it suddenly turned into 
a column of fire, which, with the fog, rose towards the heavens. This made 
many persons believe the fog was smoke. It remained about a quarter of an 
hour in this state, a quarter of a league to the north of the village, and a 
short distance from the forest of Beauleau. This column now sunk a little, 
and at last it suddenly disappeared, leaving a thick fog, which had no 
smell. This phenomenon lasted three quarters of an hour, and travelled over 
the space of half a league.


The paper's title, “Centinel” appears to be an old spelling of “Sentinel”. 
Also traveled in last line is misspelled in article with two l’s and 
translated above correctly.

Clear Skies,
Mark Bostick



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