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From: Eric Briggs (ebriggs@sympatico.ca)
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 09:42:41 EDT

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    April 25
    Meteor Shower Surprises New England
    BOSTON (AP) -- A meteor shower Sunday night sparked a flurry of frantic
    phone calls to police departments across New England from people who saw
    bright lights moving in the sky, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation
    Administration said.
    The meteor shower was seen as far north as Portland, Maine, and as far south
    as Long Island. Some witnesses apparently mistook the meteor shower for a
    plane crashing in Connecticut, the FAA's Holly Baker said.
    "We've checked all around. There are no aircraft unaccounted for," she said.
    The bright lights apparently came from the Lyrid meteor shower, which was
    scheduled to be visible to the naked eye between April 20 and April 25, said
    Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
    "We're getting various descriptions of lights in the sky," he said.
    "Everything from green lights to planes going down."
    Firefighters in Branford, Conn., responded to several reports of a possible
    plane crash in Long Island Sound in the Thimble Island area, but a search
    did not turn up anything and was called off a short while later.
    -- Associated Press
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