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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!


Carl Whitehead October 15, 2013 at 07:13 PM
well,george and shoppermom,there is a time difference in the east coast regardless of daylight savings time and as far as the second post only did that because when i checked back later it did not show my previous post.so what are you on george?
George October 15, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Obviously you not what you were on. And being typical just couldn't say you made a mistake since what I said is CORRECT. No daylight savings in AZ and for sure in Old Pueblo now is there!! Mountain time was working fine this past week/weekend in Albequerque and Santa Fe, NM though!!
Terry October 15, 2013 at 07:26 PM
In new York it was traveling east to west, in Arizona the comet was traveling west to east. When and where did it turn around?
Gary M. James October 15, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I live in So Cal near the Mexican Border in El Centro ... the desert. The night skies are normaly clear ... billions and billions of stars ... Meteors are a regular occurance ... some just shoot/streak through the atomospher ... but some are spectacualr by lighting up the desert, breaking apart into many pieces and very colorful. Some of it may just be space junk too ... but very cool to see!
Deep Throat October 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I heard it hit in Kearny around Midland Dairy
Annette Briski Ripley-Peach October 15, 2013 at 09:16 PM
WHO farted?
JOHN October 15, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I KNOW I SEEN IT AT ABOUT 9 30 PM 15 MILES WEST OF PHILTHY PHILLY I WATCHED IT FOR SEVERAL MINUTES THINKING IT WAS AN AIRPLANE IN FORMATION GOING TO LAND AND THEN I REALIZED THAT AIRPLANE WASNT NO AIRPLANE AFTER FEW MINUTES IT DIMMED AS IT WENT TOWARDS THE WEST
Carl Whitehead October 15, 2013 at 09:57 PM
george i never disputed no daylight savings time in arizona.if you had read the article above it states it was seen at around 830 on the east coast.you cannot tell me that they are at the same time as arizona.you cannot see the same thing at the same exact time on opposite ends of the states
art October 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM
carl, or 3rd.
Carl Whitehead October 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM
as a matter of fact.the east coast is 3 hours later than arizona.so if it were 8:30 there then it would have been 5:30 in Arizona.so George what were you on on when you made your comment
CJ October 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Several people are missing a main bit of contradicting info. The people in the east said it was traveling from east to west...just like the article mentioned....but the people in Arizona are saying it went from west to east. Uh...that means it is not the same object...unless it is traveling across the entire US and then changing directions....and obviously that would seem to not be the case for many reasons. Pretty strange story...and especially strange with the comments from the people in Arizona. Maybe somebody pulled somebodies finger and lit a match.
Ken Stanton October 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I posted this on FB on September 22...HOLY!!! My wife and I just spent 15 minutes on our deck watching 6 to 8 "Fire Balls" cross the eastern sky. 1 to 2 at a time. they appeared from the north east and traveled straight across the eastern coast path. About a minute each time. like a red fire ball with NO trailing light smoke or sound. Linda took a few pictures and a very shaky video. VERY STRANGE!!!
Rosa Morales October 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Could it be a strong frontal system creating ball lightening in different locations?
John Menuis October 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Maybe someone with some credibility and knowledge of these things saw it such as an astronomer will post.
Carl Whitehead October 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM
thank you CJ.I never meant to start any stupid arguments.all i wanted was to find out what it was i saw in the sky.and yes i do believe it to be a different one than on the east coast.especially due to the different time of sightings and also the direction
Karl Wolfe October 16, 2013 at 01:35 AM
You saw nothing. Just "weather balloons". There's no such thing as anything but what you're told it is. Now go back to sleep and don't ask any questions...this has been a public service message.
Jay Addis October 16, 2013 at 08:16 AM
Lancaster County in Maryland ? NO SUCH PLACE!
Dennis Karoleski October 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM
There seems to be a "Lancaster County Dutch Market" in Maryland, however.
Lee Fenton-Wilkinson October 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Was visiting NY from the UK and I definitely saw it from (approx address) 326 graham avenue brooklyn while facing west(isn) . Was a bright ball of fire with trail and a downward diagonal trajectory. Only caught a quick glimpse before it disappeared behind trees but was extremely impressive.
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) October 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Hi folks. Thanks for the correction on Lancaster County, and Dennis, I too found the market when I was googling to fact-check. All, the American Meteor Society has a webpage for people who observe a fireball: http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/fireball/report-a-fireball
Sandy Kelley October 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Someone ought to witch slap ShopperMom. What a nasty person. Guess she thinks she is smart pointing out an error in timing. Better go back to shopping, Ditz.
william savick October 16, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Zechariah 14 .
Terri Marshall, CHSMS, CHLC, CWC October 16, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Hi - The Lancaster County Dutch Market in Maryland is from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania . . . it's a Pennsylvania Dutch market.
Ted Smith October 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
IT WAS ONLY A STINKING METEOR!!!! WHAT'S THE BIG MYSTERY HERE!!!???
CJ October 16, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Ted. The big deal? I dunno...I suppose the fact it is from someplace other than Earth. Eventually...one of these things may prove to be composed of something ...I dunno...''interesting''...for lack of a better word right now. Our civilization is at such an infancy in exploring other places outside our planet. Certainly, we hardly know very much yet. In the years ahead...sooner or later...it would seem logical that a planet changing discovery could be made by examining one of these. Truth is stranger than fiction.
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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