Texas fireball probably a meteor, not UFO

DALLAS (AP) - Experts say the fireball that blazed across the Texas sky and sparked numerous calls to authorities was probably a meteor.

Officials today announced the blaze was not falling space junk from last week's satellite collision.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the fireball appeared to be a natural phenomenon.

The object was visible yesterday morning from Austin to Dallas and into East Texas.

Astronomer Preston Starr is observatory manager at the University of North Texas.

Starr told The Associated Press he believes the object was a carbonaceous (kar-buh-NAY'-shus) meteor "about the size of a pickup truck."

He said it was a "slow mover" and probably has the consistency of concrete.

Starr says objects as large as the one spotted yesterday enter the atmosphere about eight or 10 times a year.

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