Meteor may have hit Coleman Ave.
By Dwayne Bremer
Aug 1, 2014, 20:57
Waveland Mayor David Garcia and resident Nadine Brown inspect a hole in the concrete on Coleman Avenue of Friday. Brown and others believe the hole was the result of a meteor which struck the city on Wednesday.
A Waveland resident said Friday that he witnessed a "shooting star" come down Wednesday evening and hit the pavement on Coleman Avenue.
Charlie Brown, who lives a short distance from Coleman, said Friday that he was standing on his porch about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when he saw a "shooting star" falling from the sky.
Brown said the meteor looked "really close" and he determined it hit near the center of Coleman Avenue.
Brown went to Coleman to investigate and noticed a small hole in the concrete in the road in front of Tri-R Bar, formerly C &R Bar.
The hole was about a half inch deep and an inch wide and there was a metallic burn mark about two inches wide on the concrete.
On Friday, Brown's wife Nadine, the former owner of C & R, posted a picture of the small crater on Facebook, which spurred Mayor David Garcia to investigate.
"I'm not saying that it is a meteor, but it is certainly a possibility," Garcia said. "Something with a lot of heat caused the concrete to burn and to have a hole like this. This could not have been done by a fire cracker."
He said if it was a meteor, then it had to be "very small" by the time it hit the ground.
Garcia recalled that another city worker had told him that she had seen a shooting star about the same time on Wednesday.
"That is two different people who saw they saw it," Garcia said.
Although it may be hard to tell if the hole was actually caused by a meteor, the notion certainly fits.
For the past few weeks, Earth has been experiencing the Delta Aquarid meteor shower.
According to several news reports, the Delta Aquarid Shower peaked between July 28 and July 30 and can be seen in all areas of the globe.
Garcia said he will make a few calls to see if there is any way to verify is it was truly a meteor.
"This has my curiosity up," Garcia said. "Regardless of what it is, I would like to find out."
Calls seeking information from the Stennis Space Center were not returned by press time Friday.