Meteor Madness Lights Up Switchboards

Friday, February 3rd 2012, 12:45 am
By: News 9

It was the flash that kept lighting up 911 switchboards.

Hundreds of 911 calls poured into dispatchers in central Oklahoma Wednesday evening, keeping police busy chasing a green light in the sky.

"Something just broke up in the sky," said one 911 caller. "I don't know if it's a plane or not."

The calls confused 911 dispatchers.

"Something just broke up in the sky?" an operator asked.

"I don't know if it was a plane or what," responded the caller.

No one was quite sure what to think. In fact, some believed aliens were invading Oklahoma. It was not quite a Hollywood movie. The green light was not wreaking havoc in Oklahoma City, but it did keep people wondering.

"I know it sounds weird, or it sounds crazy," one caller admitted.

2/1/2012 Related Story: FAA Confirms Meteor Sighting In Oklahoma

Facebook and Twitter lit up almost as brightly as the meteor. Some who saw the flash thought it might have been their imagination before going online.

OSU football player Justin Blackmon posted, "Just saw something green fly through … sky, I'm not crazy."

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, a pilot over Denton, Texas, reported it to be a meteor, which the FAA confirmed. But, for about an hour before that news hit police radios, officers were left chasing down a mystery that even had 911 operators calling 911.

"Hey it's Cindy with Yukon [911] … are you guys getting any weird calls about a falling star or plane," asked the Yukon dispatcher to the Oklahoma City dispatcher.

News 9 had dozens of comments on its Facebook page as people were trying to figure out what the light was. There were no reports as of Thursday night on where the meteor may have landed.

The first sightings came in around San Antonio.