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February 15, 2013

Research & Collections

Wow! I’ve spent the morning watching video from the meteorite strike in Russia. The new  footage from the Chelyabinsk region of Russia is spectacular. The story is also very familiar: The same thing happened in North Carolina in 1934.

Residents of Kinston were surprised by a fireball in the sky and an explosion on 4 December 1934, at about 1:15 in the afternoon. The first impression was that a moonshine still, or the city gasworks, had exploded outside of town somewhere. That quickly cleared up as reports of the fireball became available. It was seen by students at nearby East Carolina Teacher’s College (now ECU).

Newspapers from the time report that the shock wave was felt in Jones, Craven and Greene Counties, as well as Pitt County. The fireball was observed by students in Goldsboro and Raleigh. The Curator of Geology at the Museum of Natural Sciences was Harry Davis…

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