(meteorobs) Number 10
TOP 10 REASONS TO NOT TAKE A RIDE IN THE SPACE SHUTTLE
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Technician holes up in Ohio cave to escape meteor
Wednesday, August 18, 1999
CALDWELL - When a Kennedy Space Center computer programmer thought
the sky was falling, he headed for a cave in southeast Ohio.
Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of an unfamiliar car found
Albright, along with camping equipment, dried food and 16 guns, said
County Sheriff Landon Smith.
"He very sincerely thought there was a meteor that was going to hit the
Atlantic Ocean and cause a tidal wave 200 feet high," Smith said. "He
trying to hide from this meteor. It was going to go up the coast, take
for sure and there would be water all over Georgia. The peach trees
going to be covered up."
Albright was found the evening of Aug. 10. He thought the meteor was
to hit at 4 a.m. the next day and had been in the cave since at least
Smith said yesterday.
"I thought it was kind of amazing that he was enough of a believer and
enough of a fear that he was willing to come north to get away from
said. Smith said finding Albright's car, which was filled with guns and
ammunition, led deputies to search nearby woods. The guns were legal,
said, but raised concerns that someone might be in danger.
After heading down two steep embankments, deputies found Albright in a
20 feet deep.
Albright had been sleeping on a cot, drinking water that dripped
cave ceiling and keeping food cold in a pool of water.
He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, then released after
bond following a night in the County Jail, Smith said. He was escorted
interstate and told to head home.
"He was nothing but pleasant and easy to get along with," said Smith,
added that Albright selected Ohio as a refuge because he had visited
Albright, 47, who works on space shuttle data processing, said he was
for Smith's help.
Albright said the meteor strike, from fragments of Comet Lee, could
time within nine years.
NASA said the closest Comet Lee would come to Earth is 77 million miles
end of September.
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