Evidence of a Normal Saturday Interrupted by Tragedy

A little boy finds what's believed to be an astronaut's helmet. Never something expected on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Instantly a worldwide story becomes personal for James Couch.

"You see it on the news and you hear about it, and you think 'Oh my God,'" said Couch. "All of a sudden you see this (pointing to the debris in his yard) in your backyard and it really hits home."

Other debris, it's purpose not yet known, was found throughout the Pineywoods.

Manuel Steptoe's routine Saturday chore of tending to his poultry houses was interrupted. He ran inside for cover.

"I knew it was some kind of airplane cause when I saw this piece, it's like twelve feet long," Said Steptoe.

Others heard the loud rumbling sound that at the time could not be explained.

"I thought it was my hot water heater blowin' up," said one local resident. "I really did. I didn't know what to think."

No one should be ashamed of feeling that way. The rumble, the sight of vapor trails behind the space shuttle as it came apart, and debris falling out of the sky are something no one could be prepared for.