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                    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- It wasn't the end of the
                    world. It just looked like it to those people who
                    saw a cosmic fireworks show over Southwest skies.

                    A midday meteor streaking above West Texas and New
                    Mexico on Thursday sent residents scurrying to
                    their phones to report what many feared was an
                    airplane exploding or some kind of aerial

                    Robert Simpson saw it from his home near Fort
                    Davis and was delighted. But then, he had a better
                    idea of what it was.

                    "It always kind of floors you," said Simpson, a
                    spokesman for McDonald Observatory, 175 miles
                    southeast of El Paso.

                    The meteor appeared at 12:47 p.m. as a flash about
                    as bright as the surface of a setting sun, he

                    The reports -- of the light, an explosive blast
                    and a smoke trail -- are all consistent with the
                    appearance of a daytime meteor, also known as a
                    fireball or bolide.

                    "If it had happened at night it would have lit up
                    the countryside as bright as day," said Bill Wren,
                    another observatory spokesman.

                    As it was, it was pretty spectacular.

                    Fire and police agencies in El Paso County and
                    southern New Mexico were flooded with reports of
                    an explosion that shook homes and jangled nerves.

                    A police helicopter flying about 25 miles east of
                    the city spotted about an acre of scorched ranch
                    land, and authorities believe it could be where
                    the meteor hit. But the foreman of Cooper Cattle
                    Co. ranch said he didn't think so.

                    "We had two different fires out here a couple of
                    days ago during the lightning storms," said Dub

                    Some residents saw the flash; others heard only a
                    shuddering boom.

                    "It shook the whole damned neighborhood," said Tom
                    Tyra, a Horizon City resident. "Everybody came out
                    of their house."

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                       * McDonald Observatory - University of Texas
                       * Meteors - Norwegian Astronomical Society
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