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Giant Fireball: What the (HECK) Was That?

Reports of fireball come in from across the mid-Atlantic states.

Fireball reported by people across the region. This fireball was viewed over Ohio last month. (Screen grab from Youtube.)
Fireball reported by people across the region. This fireball was viewed over Ohio last month. (Screen grab from Youtube.)
If you were outside last night at about 8:30 or so, maybe you saw it: A giant fireball hurtling across the region.

The American Meteor Society has received 71 reports of the fireball, which appears to have been over Pennsylvania and Maryland, but plenty visible in New York. 

"smoke trail from east to west in a straight line directly overhead- across most of sky," reported Bruce G. from Mount Kisco, describing his observation on the meteor society's fireball log report page. "Moon made visible (blueish trail). Only saw a brief glimpse of a what looked like a fireball but the trail was overhead and seemed to last minutes. Did not look like a jet contrail."

Reports of sightings also came from New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Did you see it? Did you get a photo or video? Share your observations here!


Ted Dascoli October 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM
It was Fireball XL5
Deep Throat October 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Its a bird, it's a plane, it's superman
Angbii October 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Was it only visible in the north? On Wednesday, just before night fall, (around 6:50 pm)I saw what I at first thought was a fast tracking plane. However, it didn't leave a contrail and once I stopped to look, seemed to have a two tailed light streak following it. I tried to take a picture, but it was still too light outside. I live in Miami, FL.
CJ October 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Angbii...I saw the same thing you did. Did you see the green men with the cone heads waving as they went by?
Angbii October 21, 2013 at 05:56 AM
To CJ Nope, did not.

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