CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - NASA officials say a 60-pound meteor that streaked across the skies over Northeast Alabama about 9:44 p.m. on May 18 could have come down near Scottsboro.

The meteor could have broken up as it neared the ground but sizable pieces probably made impact, said Dr. Bill Cooke, head of the NASA meteoroid environment office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

"We picked up a meteor about 50 miles up over Huntsville. It was moving to the east at about 8 miles per second and we lost track of it somewhere northeast of Gurley when it was only about 22 miles up," said Dr. Cookee, a graduate of Rossville High School.

If you find anything you believe might be the meteorite that struck between Gurley and Scottsboro, Ala., on May 18, contact the Marshall Space Flight Center at 256-544-9136 or e-mail Dr. Bill Cookee at

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