On July 15, 2003, a huge fireball was witnessed over Elma, Washington (State). It exploded and part of it landed in a high school athletic field. 2
Boys who were walking down the street near the school were closest to the event and they went over to where they had seen the fireball fall. Below is
their initial account:
"We were just driving down the road, and I just saw this big, bright flash," the 18 - year - old said. "At first, I thought it was a shooting star
or a falling star or something. "It looked like fireworks, but it had a tail about six or seven - feet long." Reed said the falling rock appeared to
break apart as it approached the earth, exploding before impact. The young men decided to investigate, and headed from the freeway toward Elma High
School, where they believed the fragments struck. "We went out there and started looking around, and we saw a bunch of divot holes in the sand of the
track out there," Reed said. "We looked for a while, then we went and got a couple of cops." Raney, 17, said he tried to pick up a piece of the still
- hot rock and burned his hand. Soon police joined the young men's investigation, examining the pock - marked asphalt and dinged ground.
After all these years, there has never been a complete and satisfactory explaination as to what that object was. We have many samples. I purchased
100 of them or so a week after the event, as I am an avid collector. There was so much scientific analysis done on these objects, and still - The
exact origin of these objects remain a mystery.
Some Scientists have called them "Earthite", which would be terrestrial material somehow put in space that fell back to earth. Others say they are
"Geometeorites", which are produced when ball lightning charges soil and deposits it miles away from the electrical event. The scientific chemical
analysis says they are not meteorites, but more like tektite glass produced from the melting of terrestrial material in a large meteoritic impact.....
but where was the impact?
This is truly a cool mystery. i will present the evidence and let ATS chime in on what they think it is. There are alot of links, and also alot of
lost links in some of the embedded data I will present, since the event is nearly 12 years old.
Here is the location of the event:
Here is a report from KOMO news in Seattle Wa, after the event took place
KOMO News article.
Some expert meteorite investigators and collectors, the Hupe Brothers, University of Arizona wrote up a number of initial reports for the "Meteorite
List" Also noted NASA scientist Ron Baalke, also contributed to some of the following threads:
Meteorite list thread from Greg Hupe
Report from Daily World on elma, with comments by Ron Balke, NASA
A Detailed view of recovered objects:
From My collection, detailed micrographs of samples. Note the fresh melted glass crust with embedded sand granules inside the material. Looks like a
tektite outside, but inside, it is pristine sand grains... incredible.
For comparison, these are typical tektites. They are austrailites.
Here is a chemical analysis done by a meteorite lab on the Elma objects: (sorry for the size)
An original collection and synopsys by the person I obtained my samples from:
Analysis by another collector
There were so many different theories that cropped up in the year after this event. The Hupe brothers published a final finding, but the jury was
still out as to what these objects really were.
Final thoughts from Hupe brothers 2004
Finally, for your extended reading, here is a huge report on the suspected existence of "Geo-meteorites". This is very controversial work, however
it is a treasure trove of links and case studies in strange aerial phenomena. The work was done by Dr. A. Ol'khovatov, and is truly an impressive
piece of research - You could spend days researching his write-ups and links. He also has an extended section devoted to the Elma event, it is about
in the middle of the report. - Enjoy!
In depth case studies of possible Geometeorites, Dr A. Ol'khavotov
So, ATS, I hope you can have some fun with this. It makes for a great night of research and a very mysterious subject may get some new light with your
added insight. Thanks for reading.
I am an avid meteorite collector and just love it when heavenly objects stump science. I have a few more strange object threads in the works, and
will be bringing them out to ATS very soon.
edit on 13-4-2012 by charlyv because: fix picture size of analysis
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the hupe thread
edit on 14-4-2012 by charlyv because: spelling , where caught