Fireball video: Fireball booms across US on Halloween - 'Brightest shooting star of my life'

Fireball video: Fireball booms across US on Halloween - 'Brightest shooting star of my life'
A fireball which some have described as the biggest and brightest they had ever seen boomed over northeastern USA on Halloween.

The spooky season kicked off with a bang on Halloween when residents across nine states witnessed a huge fireball. The meteor was so big and bright that it could be seen in the north of Michigan, all the way down to Georgia, more than 900 kilometres away.

Witnesses described the booming fireball as having a plethora of colours, mainly blue, white and green, coming from the main body as it hit Earth's atmosphere.

Almost 200 people flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sightings.




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One video captured by a security camera shows the fireball seemingly getting bigger and bigger as it approaches the surface before simply disappearing.

Kim said: "This was the longest & brightest 'shooting star' I have ever seen."

Shawna added: "Seemed closer than any other falling star or fireball I'd ever seen.

"Had a white to light yellow head with a green to blue tail and seemed to have a white streak behind it but not a long one.

"I thought it was a firecracker at first but it didn't make sense to be falling and I never heard a noise."

Shae reported to the IMO: "I have never seen anything like it in my life!"

Fireball video: This map shows reported sightings of the fireball
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Fireball video: This map shows reported sightings of the fireball
Stephanie said: "Very bright green light streaked across the sky not very high in altitude, larger than any other shooting star I've seen."

Tracy added: "Looked like the brightest shooting star in my life."

Rhonda stated: "Never saw anything like this - it was big, bright, & colourful. Compared to other shooting stars or meteor showers, this looked much closer. Only lasted about 4 seconds, then simply vanished!"

Fireballs are the result of meteors hitting the atmosphere.