Meteorite Seen Plunging into Lake Michigan Here
streaking, white object believed to be a meteorite was spotted last night falling into Lake Michigan
by a Bendix Corp, Lakeshore division plant guard. The guard, Ellis
Williamson, reported the white, but "not too bright" falling object
to the Berrien County sheriff’s department at 10:32 p. m.
said the object appeared to be falling from a northeasterly direction, but moved more slowly than a
it was an airplane.
Deputy Jon Nichols, radio dispatcher, sent two squad cars to the Lake
Michigan shoreline along Red Arrow Highway south of St. Joseph. Cpl. Don
Jewell and Deputy Nigel Krickhahn scanned the lake for any sign of wreckage
or flames but found none.
called the U. S. Coast Guard and South Bend Airport officials to report the
A South Bend Airport control tower official confirmed
the meteorite sighting. He also reported seeing the object fall from the sky
northwest of South Bend.
Guard officials termed the object a meteor, according to Nichols.
Williamson said the object appeared to fall into the lake about due west of
the plant near Maiden Lane and the Red Arrow Highway. He said he had no idea
of how far off it hit.
"It was faster than a flare,
slower than a meteor," said Williamson.
He said he
had seen meteors before. The object he saw last night had no streaking tail and was falling
slower than most meteors, said Williamson.
said no estimates were available on the meteor's route from sky to earth.
There were no reports of it landing anywhere. "It was a good-sized
object," Williamson said.
was sitting at his office desk and observed the meteorite through a window.
employees, returning from a basketball game in Decatur, also reported
spotting the large, bright, falling object.
Photographer John Hadley and linotype operator Herbert Hein said they
observed the object falling toward Lake Michigan. They were about six miles
east of Hartford at the time.
was the biggest one I've ever seen," Hein said.
looked almost like a Roman candle," Hadley chimed in.
can range in size from a tiny stone no larger than a marble, experts say, to
many thousands of pounds. The largest known meteorite was found in southwest
Africa and weighs 132,000 pounds. A 79,200 pound meteorite, found in
Greenland, is now on display in New York.
crater in Arizona, southwest of Winslow, is believed to have been made by a meteorite
which experts say would have weighed millions of tons.
This reference: Benton Harbor News-Palladium, 15 February 1964. With
thanks to my friend Nadine for the article.
reference: St. Joseph, Mich., Herald-Press,
15 February 1964.
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Benton Harbor News-Palladium, 15 February 1964
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St. Joseph, Mich., Herald-Press, 15 February 1964
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Sanderson, p. 226, © 1970
North America – United States, Michigan, Indiana and
Lake Michigan Latitude
44-00-00 N, Longitude 87-00-00 W (D-M-S)
Benton Harbor Latitude
42-07-00 N, Longitude 86-27-15 W [Michigan] (Newspaper- above)
St. Joseph Latitude
42-06-35 N, Longitude 86-28-48 W [Michigan] (Newspaper)
42-06-29 N, Longitude 85-58-28 W [Michigan]
South Bend Latitude
41-41-00 N, Longitude 86-15-00 W [Indiana]
43-19-04 N, Longitude 88-22-44 W [Wisconsin]
Reference: The National Gazetteer of the United States
of America, prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the
U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Washington, D.C., 1990
UFO Location (UFOCAT)
Latitude 41.87 N, Longitude 87.65 W (D.%)