Fragments of fireball found after Meteorite explodes over Kootenay Lake

Back in early September social media and the RCMP phone lines lit up after reports of a large streaking and exploding object were seen and heard over Kootenay Lake.

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Actually hundreds of observers from across Western Canada and the United States witnessed the fireball across the sky and heard the explosions on the evening of Sept. 4.

A piece smaller than a nickel was found Oct. 29 on a property near Crawford Bay BC Canada by a team of researchers from the University of Calgary.

According to a statement by the University of Calgary research team, the fireball travelled across the U.S.-Canada border, passing Creston BC before exploding near the community of Crawford Bay in southeast BC.

Research student Fabio Ciceri holds a fragment of the meteorite that exploded in September near Crawford Bay. Photo submitted

To find fragments of the meteorite, researchers examined four videos submitted from the public and used footage from a dedicated all-sky camera at Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies to triangulate its likely landing spot. That ended up being an area of 20 kilometres east of Crawford Bay and northwest across Bluebell Mountain to the north shore of Riondel.

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