Thursday, August 15, 2019

Flaming Meteor Size of Auto Body Hits Nags Head Beach, Aug. 15, 1919

From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Aug. 15, 1919

Nags Head Visited by a Lump From Heaven. . . Flaming Meteor Size of an Auto Body Hits Beach at N.C. Resort

Early risers at Nags Head Saturday morning Aug. 9, were astonished to see a flaming meteor come hurtling through the heavens, and fall at the north end of the summer colony on the ocean side at about 5 a.m. The glare of the strange object could be seen for an hour or more, and the odor of burning Sulphur was plainly noticeable until late in the morning.

During the month of August falling stars are more frequent than at any other time of the year, and they are a source of never-ending delight to spooners at the seashore and elsewhere after nightfall, but it is comparatively rare for these bits of cosmic dust to reach the earth. The meteor which fell at Nags Head Saturday is described as being a mass of molten metal about the size of an automobile body. No damage was done by the celestial visitor, except to the nerves of those who occupy the nearby summer cottage.

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