Plane crash or meteor?

First responders search after callers see bright light in sky

By Brittany Wise -

An unusual, bright object streaked across the sky on Monday evening, setting off a frenzy of 911 calls in Grayson County.

The first call came in at 5:12 p.m., according to E-911 Dispatch Supervisor Kim Miller.

At that time, a caller who was driving along the Western Kentucky Parkway at around the 103 mile-marker was startled enough by the bright light streaking toward the horizon that she asked for first responders to be sent out to the area where she thought an object might be crashing.

“She thought she saw an airplane coming down,” explained Captain Roy Hack with Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD).

Miller said that LFD was immediately sent out, along with Grayson County EMS.

28 LDF first responders spent the following hours searching for any signs of airplane wreckage, along with assistance from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Leitchfield Police Department.

“We started in the area from [Highway] 54 toward the WK [Parkway], and south toward Caneyville,” Hack said.

Miller said that more calls poured in to the dispatch office, many within the following 15 minutes, mentioning areas such as Shrewsbury Road and Warren Purcell Road. Callers described seeing planes, fireballs and meteors.

“EMS did check the entire parkway,” Miller said, “just to make sure to see if there was a different location.”

“We had several of our guys throughout the county looking,” Hack said, explaining that LFD also called emergency helicopter responders Air Methods and asked them to do a “flyover” to check the area by air for anything that responders on the ground may be missing.

“We called around and checked on people in the area who have private planes to make sure none of them were up,” Miller said.

In the end, responders found no wreckage, no missing planes, and nothing unusual.

Miller said that after the initial batch of calls, E-911 fielded many more callers who had heard about the search and wanted to help by giving more information on what they had seen at just after 5 p.m.

By about 7:30 p.m. the calls stopped coming in, and the search was called off.

“As far as we know, it ended up to be a meteor,” Hack on Tuesday morning. “Louisville had reported some meteor showers, so we’re assuming that’s what it was.”

A representative with The National Weather Service’s branch in Louisville said in a Tuesday morning phone interview that they received similar reports of meteor or ‘fireball’ activity from the area on their social media sites.

While they could not confirm what the object may have been, they explained that the American Meteor Society, a non-profit organization which keeps track of such sightings, had reports coming in from Danville, Lawrenceburg and Morgantown on Sunday and Monday of this week.

First responders search after callers see bright light in sky

By Brittany Wise

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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