OKECHOBEE


L4
standby for okechobee photo
Found 1916
26° 41' N., 80° 48' W.

Fragments weighing ~1 kg were brought up in a net about three-quarters of a mile from the shore of Lake Okeechobee. This is one of only four meteorites found in Florida, all of them of the stony type. The above specimen is a 0.87 g crusted fragment.

Due in part to the intense temperature and moisture conditions in the state of Florida, only four meteorites have been found there to date, in addition to two recovered falls. Besides Okechobee, an H4 stone weighing 502 g was plowed up in Eustis, a 41.8 kg H5 stone was found in Bonita Springs, and a 10.9 kg H5 stone was found near Grayton Beach. In 2004, November 8 at 6:15 P.M., Orlando resident Donna Shuford heard a meteorite bounce off her car and hit the side of her house. Fragments composing an ~180 g eucrite were recovered. In 2016, January 24 at 10:27 A.M., numerous eyewitnesses observed a bright fireball over northern Florida near the Osceola National Forest. Utilizing radar images from several stations, a group of hunters successfully plotted the fall site and recovered 8 stones over many weeks having a combined weight of 1,099.6 g. The L6 chondrite fell within a forested wetlands region delimiting a strewn field of approximately 5 miles × 1 mile.

Although the correct spelling of this Florida lake location is Okeechobee, the incorrect spelling initially used in the Catalogue of Meteorites of The Natural History Museum, London, as well as in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database is followed here. The correct spelling of this find location (more accurately, the nearest post office to the find location) has been included as a synonym in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database.