At 7 pm near the town of Pultusk, thousands of people witnessed a large
fireball followed by detonations and a very large shower of small
fragments in an area of about 127 sq km.
The Pultusk meteorite is one of the largest stony meteorite showers recorded in history.
Pultusk is a historical meteorite fall because it was the largest known
meteorite shower on record. An estimated 2000kg fell a few miles north
of Warsaw, Poland. Many of the stones were very small and a single
stone from the fall is often referred to as a "Pultusk pea." According to Norton (1998), the meteoroid became visible at
an altitude of almost 200 miles, which also makes it the highest
fireball on record seen by the naked eye! The point at which the
meteoroid ceased to generate light was about 25 miles. This resulted
in an unusually wide fall path and meteorite fragments resembling
Pultusk were found in Madagascar, Italy and Russia.