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Louisiana Debris

As East Texas and Louisiana residents searched for debris from the Columbia space shuttle, many say they heard about large pieces that fell into Toledo Bend.

Nothing was confirmed, although one Louisiana resident, Jim Harvey, did find something.

Helicopters swiftly moved into Vernon Parish Louisiana, just east of Toledo Bend Reservoir, to recover a piece of the space shuttle that was impacted deep into the earth.

Although the piece found was not very big, the force or impact was strong enough to cut a power line near by.

"I was coming home from church and we were standing underneath the powerline and one of the lines was clipped and down on the ground," said Harvey. "I drove up here to see what caused it to be broken and found the impact crater, notified the local sheriff's department and they came out and they came out and secured the site."

Authorities quickly dug about three feet to remove the object because of its importance to the investigation. Investigators left the motor in its place for NASA officials to pick it up.

"It appears to be some kind of motor device," said Harvey. "They're going to leave it here for the NASA people to come pick up. They're not revering it at this time, that's my understanding." 

Harvey was proud that he found the piece and was able to call authorities.

"I feel very lucky," said Harvey. "I'm glad I could help out.

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