We’ve heard of Icelandic volcanoes affecting planes and even meteors hitting people, but this is the first time we’ve herd of a meteor shower grounding planes, but that’s what happened right here in the US: Authorities grounded firefighting aircraft that were battling an out-of-control wildfire in Colorado Springs.
The Austin Statesman quotes Chaffee County Sheriff W. Peter Palmer as saying that when the meteor shower hit, the firefighters "weren’t sure what it was." Did they think it was a swarm of UFOs? The pilots of two nearby commercial aircraft also reported the meteors.
Meteors are space rocks that can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a boulder. It’s too bad they weren’t comets–since these are blocks of ice, they might have helped put out the fire.