A camera out at Red Mountain Resort caught the fireball on video. (Courtesy of Allan LePage)

West Kootenay residents hunt for meteor

Residents in the West Kootenay have been hunting meteor fragments after a fireball was reported.

Residents in the West Kootenay have been hunting meteor fragments after a fireball was reported to have fallen in the area on Sept. 4.

The fireball was spotted by people not only in B.C., but in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Idaho and Montana, with the American Meteor Society (AMS) receiving over 300 reports about the event. The AMS estimates that “the fireball travelled in a southeast to northwest direction entering the atmosphere near the small town of Boswell and terminating near Meadow Creek,” leading some local residents to go out looking for fragments.

But according to one local meteor hunter, the terrain makes it tough to search.

“It’s so thick with trees up there that you’re really just on a random goose chase kind of heading up hill,” said Tanya Marie Finley, a Nelson resident.

Finley went out looking for meteorite fragments with her two boys — Michael, age five, and Ben, age three and a half — last Thursday. She says she’d like to go again, but would like to go by helicopter so she can get an aerial view.

Before they headed out, Finley and her children did some research so they’d know what to look for: black golf-ball-sized chunks.

They didn’t find any, though they did find other strange rocks and various animals.

For anyone else headed out searching, Finley recommends taking a map.

“Because you do get kind of turned around in the bush,” she said. “And definitely wear proper shoes. One of the kids was just in sandals and I would completely recommend wearing hiking boots. But it really is just a lottery; if you get lucky, you get lucky.”

Just Posted

Controversy at RDCK over funding for Castlegar vote

Education group that got $10,000 is really an advocacy group

Castlegar Complex referendum vote this week

Two sides far apart as vote looms. Small group of rural voters may determine outcome of project.

Country music headed for Castlegar

Kootenay Country Music Festival July 6-8 to feature Brett Kissel, Washboard Union and Emerson Drive.

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

Splashing way to fight cancer!

Stanley Humphries school hosts Relay for Life

SLIDESHOW: Castlegar grad celebrations

Stanley Humphries Secondary School said congratulations to the Class of 2018.

Fake cops ‘arrest’ woman, steal $6,000 in latest CRA scam

Vancouver police urge people not take calls from anyone saying they’re from the Canada Revenue Agency

Study shows increase in mountain bike tourism in B.C.

Numbers are up, way up, for bike-related visits to the province

Revenue Canada scam swindles $3,000 from B.C. resident

Victim provides fraudster with $3,000 in iTunes gift cards

UPDATED: Crown appeals B.C. polygamous leader’s acquittal in child bride case

James Oler had been charged with taking his underage daughter to the U.S. to marry her off

Housing would cut number of B.C.’s vulnerable re-admitted to hospital: study

New SFU work shows just how costly frequent hospitalization is to the province’s health care system

Disney production filming at Government House on Vancouver Island

Made-for-TV movie will feature the inside of the Victoria mansion

3 dead after semi-truck collides with car on B.C. Interior highway

Police said the intersection between Highway 97 and Highway 99 would remain closed for some time

Most Read