February 9, 2004 Fireball
Fireball VideoThis rapid, explosive meteor was captured by several allsky cameras at 1:26:42 AM MST. No witness reports have been received. The fireball began almost directly over Alamosa, Colorado, and descended WNW. Eighteen miles from Alamosa it exploded, and remnants continued another three miles. The explosion occurred at a height of about 40 miles, just west of Monte Vista, Colorado. This video was captured by the allsky camera at Alamosa High School. The path starts behind the camera. The Moon is seen in the upper left.

Fireball Overview
This map of Colorado shows the convergence of azimuth lines to the terminal explosion from allsky cameras in Alamosa, Elizabeth, Denver, Guffey, and Albuquerque, NM.

It is somewhat unusual for a meteor to explode as high as 40 miles, 10-15 miles being more common. Nevertheless, I think the dynamics of this breakup suggest a good possibility that meteorites were produced. Any material would have landed a short distance downrange from the terminal explosion, in the area highlighted in green below. This area is mostly privately owned ranch land, and any meteorites here belong to the landowners.

Meteor Path

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