Big, green and glowing: Was it a meteor seen in mid-Michigan and other states?
Published: Friday, January 21, 2011
By LINDA GITTLEMAN
Gratiot Managing Editor
Whatever it was, it was green.
When Alma College geologist Murray Borrello was driving south on Wright Avenue in Alma Wednesday evening, and a big green light flashed across the sky in front of him, other motorists traveling south put on their brakes.
“You couldn’t not see it,” he said. “It would have caught your attention. It was a good sized object.
“Is it space junk? Something that fell from an airplane? I don’t know. I had a kind of sick feeling. It was big, green and glowing. I’ve seen shooting stars. I’ve never seen green ones, but others have. It was weird.”
No calls came into Gratiot County’s 911 central dispatch, but that wasn’t the case in the metropolitan Detroit area.
Several Oakland and Macomb county police departments received calls from people saying they saw something weird around 9 p.m.
In the mid-Michigan area, Borrello wasn’t the only one to see it.
Michigan State Police Sgt. Terry Guernsey and his wife Susan were watching television about that time in their home near Maple Rapids. With their big southern windows, they had front row seats for the light show.
“I said, “Look at that, look at that,” Susan Guernsey said. “It was flourescent green and oblong. I saw it for several seconds. Looking toward Fowler.”
Susan said it did not drop like a stone and Terry Guernsey, who said he has seen shooting stars and meteorites, hadn’t seen anything like this. Continued…