TULSA, Okla. - A meteorite that exploded some 20 to 30 miles above the ground today in Russia sparked memories of a piece of space junk hitting a Tulsa woman.
About 1,100 people were injured.
Scientists say the meteor released several kilotons of energy above the region.
They say it was probably about six and a half feet across, about the size of an
Below is a news story KRMG did with Lottie Williams, the only person hit by space junk, in September 2011:
There’s a dead NASA satellite hurtling toward Earth. It should reenter the atmosphere in the next few days.
Some of the school bus sized object won’t burn up on reentry. A few pieces are expected to make it all the way to the ground.
Should you be worried about being hit by part of the satellite? No. Is it impossible for you to be hit? The answer is also no.
Just ask Tulsan Lottie Williams. She was hit by a piece of space junk in 1997 while walking in a park.
Williams described it as a “Big ball of fire, shooting across the sky.” She says at first she thought it was a shooting star.
Williams tells us she did see a spark come off of it. It was a little while later that she says “A piece hit me on my left shoulder.”
That piece didn’t get picked up right away. Williams says she was a little scared because she didn’t know what had hit her but a little while later “I got some gloves and picked it up and put it in my car.”
At that point it was still a mystery object but Williams says she did notice that it was burned. It took a few calls but she did eventually find out that it was part of a Delta II rocket that had reentered the atmosphere.
So where is the piece? Williams says she still has it at home. “It’s a nice conversation piece.”