DALLAS (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across Texas received numerous reports Sunday of a fireball and falling debris.
John Foster, a spokesman for the Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Georgetown, said deputies and firefighters were out looking for debris after callers said they thought they saw a plane crashing. Foster said the department took its helicopter up to search for the source of the debris, but found nothing.
"We don't doubt what people saw" but they found no debris, he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it received numerous reports across Texas of falling debris.
"We don't know what it was," said FAA spokesman Roland Herwig.
The U.S. Strategic Command said there was no connection to the sightings over Texas and Tuesday's collision of satellites from the U.S. and Russia.
"There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry," said Maj. Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.
The FAA notified pilots on Saturday to be aware of possible space debris after a collision Tuesday between U.S. and Russian communication satellites. The chief of Russia's Mission Control says clouds of debris from the collision will circle Earth for thousands of years and threaten numerous satellites.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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