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CASCADIA METEORITE LABORATORY: Portland State University hosts scientist Dick Pugh; he is bringing $15,000 worth of meteorites for the audience to handle; free; 6:30 p.m.; City Hall, 200 First Ave., Culver; 541-546-6494.
However, Dick Pugh with Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory (CML) at Portland State University tells KOIN that meteorites don't start fires when they impact the ground, and if one does hit, it would have a "very obvious impact zone."
LA GRANDE, Ore. — Meteorite scientist Dick Pugh says Chicken Little may have had a point: The sky really is falling.
Well, part of it, anyway.
At a recent talk here he urged people to look to their rooftops for pieces of the fireball that came thundering down on northeast Oregon at 5:31 a.m. on Feb. 19.
Pugh, with Portland State University's Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory, says he thinks it hit between Tollgate and Elgin but that its fragments could be widely spread.