Can anyone verify that this was or was not a sat?

From: Floyd Weaver (floyd@floydweaver.com)
Date: Sat Jul 15 2000 - 07:01:07 PDT

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    I asked if he had a time and the reply was Mon morn, though he may be able
    to get a better time.
    
    Floyd
    
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    From: Joe [mailto:rs_joe@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 18:16
    To: floyd@floydweaver.com
    Subject:
    
    
    Hi,
    You don't know me but I saw you were a member of a listserv that might be
    able to help me out.  Is there any chance that the following stories have to
    do with any recent re-entries of satellites or "space junk"?  I would think
    that a 4" piece of metal falling from orbit would go right through a car.
    The location of this event was at 1951 Hamburg St, Schenectady NY and the
    coordinates of where the debris were  found are:       (using
    http://www.geocode.com) Decimal Degrees Deg:Min:Sec
    Lat: 42.788198 42:47:17.513N
    Lon: -073.930149 73:55:48.536W
    
    Is there anyway you me out?  I don't know where to begin looking for info on
    this subject.  If you can't help me,  could you forward this to the listserv
    you are on fo me?  Thanks for your time.
    This was the news report on radio 810 WGY
    * F.A.A. - METAL NOT FROM PLANE *
    
    EVEYONE THOUGHT IT CAME FROM AN
    AIRPLANE....BUT THE F-A-A HAS NOW
    RULED THAT OUT.  THE MYSTERIOUS
    INCIDENT HAPPENED ON MONDAY WHEN
    A CAR'S REAR WINDOW WAS SHATTERED
    BY A STRANGE, UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT.
    THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
    HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE METAL THAT
    SMASHED THROUGH THE CAR AT  CARMEN
    BODY WORKS IN ROTTERDAM DID NOT COME
    FROM A PASSING AIRPLANE AS HAD BEEN
    THOUGHT. F.A.A. OFFICALS HAVE PERFORMED
    A FEW TESTS ON THE METAL CHUNK, BUT
    STILL HAVE  NO IDEA WHERE THE PIECE MAY
    HAVE COME FROM.
    
    This was the report from the times union  (http://www.timesunion.com)
    
    Fallen chunk of metal an unsolved mystery
    Rotterdam -- Federal aviation investigators will decide today whether to
    ship the 4-by-4-inch chunk of metal that damaged a car Monday morning out of
    state after being unable to determine whether the piece came from an
    airplane.
    "We're going to bring this to a close ... at the local level,'' said Federal
    Aviation Administration spokesman James Peters, who is based in New York
    City.
    "If we're unable to make a determination that it is part of an aircraft,
    then we'll probably send it to an office in Washington state,'' where the
    agency's aircraft certification office is located.
    In an unusual accident Monday morning, a chunk of metal crashed through the
    window of a car slated for repairs at Carman Body Works on Hamburg Street.
    No one was injured.
    After receiving calls about more pieces of metal in the area, three aviation
    safety inspectors from the flight standards district office in Albany spent
    the day interviewing residents and employees at businesses such as Mario's
    Garage on Altamont Avenue, where another piece of metal was found.
    Inspectors also talked to local railroad operators to see if the piece was
    from a railroad track, said Peters, spokesman for the FAA's eastern region
    of the FAA, which covers New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland,
    Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
    Mario Sbardella, the owner of Mario's Garage, said the chunk of metal flew
    up in the air Monday and landed near his truck.
    "I heard a big noise,'' Sbardella said, likening it to a passing train. "I
    ran outside and saw the piece flying away to my truck.''
    Sbardella said he has found pieces of metal before near his shop, and wanted
    to keep the piece that investigators examined Tuesday to compare it to other
    pieces that he saved.
    "Actually, I really think it's debris from outer space falling down,'' he
    said. "All the garbage they put up there, all the missiles, its probably
    some of that, but who am I to say?''
    
    Again,  thanks for the help.
    Joseph Hurley
    RS_joe@yahoo.com
    
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