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The P.E.I. fire marshal's office is investigating after an unusual fire on Saturday in a farmer's field in Grahams Road. Louis Campbell and his wife said they were sitting on their front yard just before noon when they saw a ball of fire — about the size of a football — land in their hay field. "Don't know where it came from," he said. "It hit the field and I didn't notice much for a couple of minutes, and then there was smoke come up." Campbell said he went to check on the damage and decided to call the fire department. "It was spreading in the straw or the hay," he said. "So I tramped it out." New London volunteer fire department Chief Allen Cole said the object is being considered an "unidentified falling object," and the fire marshal's office is investigating.
9. Are meteorites "glowing" hot when they reach the ground?
Probably not. The ablation process, which occurs over the majority of the meteorite's path, is a very efficient heat removal method, and was effectively copied for use during the early manned space flights for re-entry into the atmosphere. During the final free-fall portion of their flight, meteorites undergo very little frictional heating, and probably reach the ground at only slightly above ambient temperature.
For the obvious reason, however, exact data on meteorite impact temperatures is rather scarce and prone to hearsay. Therefore, we are only able to give you an educated guess based upon our current knowledge of these events.
Originally posted by jericanman
they must have retrieved it by now if it was as small as a football.
The burning object disintegrated upon impact with the ground, leaving a burn spot about 10 feet by five feet.