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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday April 10, 2021 - 1:54 AM
 
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WALDPORT, Oregon - Last night at about 3:15 PM, an object was found by a local fisherman that is mostly likely burned debris from a spacecraft. Apparently the charged remains landed in the pacific ocean then washed ashore in the Alsea Bay near Waldport. The debris was removed from the Alsea Bay by a fisherman and was briefly stored near a local business.

Deputies secured the area while most just shook their heads in disbelief. Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue believed the object was not hazardous. Then SpaceX was contacted.

SpaceX was unable to decide if the burned out husk was part of their spacecraft but did say it appeared consistent with a composite overwrapped pressure vessel or that of a fuel container, Falcon X rocket.

SpaceX engineers examined several photographs from deputes before determining the object could be safely transported then was transported to a secure location by deputies. Additional evaluation will be made regarding the object's origin.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office thanks Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and SpaceX for their rapid response to this incident.