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One day of meteorite hunting is in the books

Searchers display a test piece of golf ball size meteorite

A hardy group of about twenty volunteer meteorite hunters spent the day of March 23, 2014 searching for possible meteorite fragments that may have dropped from the sky on the evening of Tuesday March 18 when a bright fireball fly over the Aylmer area.

Dr. Phil McCausland (at right in photo), an assistant professor in Earth Science at Western, and member of the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX), led the search.

Observations by Western Meteor Physics Group's array of all-sky cameras, along with meteorological wind data for the time of the fireball, have led the researchers to believe that meteorite fragments may have been deposited in an area just north of St. Thomas, Ontario.

While scouring the fields in the area is one way in which the meteorite pieces can be found, the most significant information regarding the location of possible fragments comes from members of the general public.

Members of the public who may have heard something unusual, or have seen possible evidence of meteorite impact on the evening of Tuesday, March 18 at approximately 10:24 pm, are urged to contact Phil McCausland as soon as possible by phoning 519-661-2111, ext. 88008 or on his cell at 519-694-3323.

Indications of landfall may include a broken or cracked window, or perhaps hearing the sound of pieces hitting the roof or window, or you may find a small dark unusual looking rock in your driveway, sidewalk, or along the road. These meteorites may range in size from peas or grapes, up to golf ball or baseball size.

No meteorite pieces were found on March 23.

[images from day 1 of the search]

[original press release, which includes link to fireball information site]

[fireball information site - with photos, videos, and map]

[CTV, London, news coverage of day 1 of search]