[meteorite-list] 1944 08-20: Meteor Hits Water Tank
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Fri Oct 29 21:47:29 EDT 2004
Paper: Nebraska State Journal and Star
City: Lincoln, Nebraska
Date: Sunday August 20, 1944
Meteor Hits Water Tank
A meteor that fell recently landed in a galvanized water tank at the
Henry Obermiller farm, east of St. Paul, has attracted considerable
The falling meteor was not seen and was unknown until the next morning
when Mr. Obermiller discovered both his water tanks were empty.
Investigation disclosed a hole the size of a silver dollar has been burned
in the bottom of the tank, with the molten formation still attached to the
galvanized portion of the tank. It was then recalled by the Obermillers
they had heard a strange sound the evening before which sounded like a big
swish of water but it did not attract their attention too greatly and no
investigation was made. With the discovery of the meteor, it seemed likely
that it was the cause of the sound heard the night before as it struck the
water with terrific speed and heat.
Examination of the remains indicates that the meteor has qualities of
metal. It is heavy and yet can be scratched and presents bright appearance
Had the object, small as it is, had fallen so as to strike any of the
fine buildings on the farm, a fre would have resulted, Fortunately the
damage caused is as small as it is.
- Howard County Herald.
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