Hunt for meteorite fragments that broke up over southern Arizona

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Hunt for meteorite fragments that broke up over southern Arizona begins

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An image from the sky camera at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins shows the bolide and the moon. The moon is the larger white splotch, and the bolide is the other white area. An image from the sky camera at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins shows the bolide and the moon. The moon is the larger white splotch, and the bolide is the other white area.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Meteor hunters and scientists are scouring the Tucson area looking for fragments of a meteor.

The large meteor reportedly entered the earth's atmosphere northeast of Phoenix and broke up over Marana just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The massive fireball caused sonic booms, rattled windows and scattered much of its debris on Tucson's northwest side.

Now, scientists are in Tucson hunting for the remnants.

Prescott resident Robert Ward hunts for meteorites all over the world. He's in Tucson working with representatives from NASA and the American Meteor Society to begin the search for meteorites.

Because they can only search on public lands, Ward and his colleagues are asking private residents to contact him if they find meteorites on their private property so he and other scientists can plot the meteor's course.

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