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Meteor shower stalls traffic near Sacramento
Associated Press, 3/9/98 -- 5:30 AM

The sun had just set, and then the sky filled with flaming objects falling to the ground. Traffic slowed to a halt on Interstate 80 in Northern California and police were flooded with worried calls about a possible plane crash. Not to worry - it was a 200-mile swath of meteors Sunday night. "It was just getting dark and everybody was facing that direction just as the sun was coming down," Coast Guard Lt. Alan Tubbs said. ``It was the king of all meteor showers." The U.S. Coast Guard contacted Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, which confirmed the meteor shower that stretched from Sacramento to Monterey.