This is one of the 24 pages of one of the many formerly secret official documents on this issue. These pages are the minutes of an important conference on the issue held at Los Alamos on February 16, 1949. Representatives of the Army, the FBI, the Air Force and scientists joined together. Dr. La Paz spent two years chasing the green fireballs and explains the issues. Dr. Edward Teller, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, asks questions.
as you see, of points of appearance is somewhere Southwest of Amarillo or Southwest of Amarillo. The disappearance point is in the vicinity of Lubbock, Texas. At the time this was drawn, before I was able to make out transit measures in the vicinity of Albuquerque, this was the best apparent path of the fireballs. These other ink lines are independent, made by other groups of observers working on the same problem. (record blank again for a short period of time) This transit, unfortunately, had a needle with a bent piston and it was not discovered until much later that we were getting faulty records. Independently, I have re-determined, using the best equipment available at the University, the lines of sight at all points where the faulty transit has been used. I have plotted on this map only observations that I made personally or such observations as I have every reasons to believe that they were made by experience personnel, for example UAL flyers, who took to make measures, or possibly civil engineers.
Dr. Teller: You mean these people right afterwards or shortly afterwards took and instrument and tried to measure it?
Dr. LaPaz: That's right.
Dr. Teller: This is the point where it disappeared?
Dr. LaPaz: And normally, all you will get is the point where it disappears, because the average man is aware of the fact that when he is not warned, he makes a very inaccurate observation. Having been warned by the appearance of the fireball, his attention is fixed and he watches where it bursts, where it explodes, where it disappears. So I say this is a much better determination, This beginning point, although you notice the ... of line here, is reasonably satisfactory.
Dr. Teller: Are these points here observers of the test, locations of those observations?
Dr. LaPaz: Usually a dotted circle like that indicates a reported sound observation. We use this symbol: a circle is a report, whether or not the observation includes azimuth or elevation, light appearance, is indicated by the presence of a cross. If it is backed out, both light and sound were heard. Now every one of those things has been disproved. In the area where the end point was located, oil rigs, some nitro being used apparently to shatter ... in every case we were able to exclude the possibility that the noises reported actually were tied in the meteorite fall. At least let me say, in my opinion, those noises were excluded. In certain cases, independently, that was confirmed by a visit of Lt. Ryan of the Roswell Group or the OSI. For instance, the best case of all, near Amherst ?, or noise - the observer, it's true, was only a tee-year old boy, but he wrote a very intelligent letter, and it is well known that children, like animals, are more sensitive to sound than people who have listened for too many years, say, to the radio. It appeared conceivable that he had actually made a sound observation, but Lt. Ryan went to Amherst ? found that even three members of the