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Suspected Meteor Startles Western Md. Stargazers

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Some western Maryland residents say an apparent meteor put on a sky show they won’t soon forget.

Al Labrush of Frederick says the shooting star on Tuesday made the hair on the back of his neck stand up as it moved through the evening sky shortly before 7 p.m., throwing off sparks and fiery chunks.

Steve Lawrence of Thurmont says it looked like a fireball that briefly turned the northern night sky as bright as day.

John Wasson of the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics says the object probably was a meteor leaving a trail of debris.

Lawrence says it appeared to come to earth less than a mile from his house, and he plans to look for evidence.

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