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Colorful 'fireball' in night sky seen by people in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, elsewhere on East Coast

Fireball - stock image

Fireball - stock image
People across the East Coast reported seeing a "fireball" in the night sky just about midnight, according to the American Meteor Society.

The society has not confirmed if a fireball did fly overhead, but 88 reports were logged, 16 of which came from people in Massachusetts. Reports came from as far south as Florida and as far north as New Hampshire, with reported sightings in nine additional states in between, the society said.

A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, according to the society. Several thousand fireballs occur in the planet's atmosphere every day, but most are over oceans or uninhabited regions, or are masked by daylight, experts say.

"Additionally, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event," the society website reads.


Loud boom heard, felt across Twin Lakes Area of Arkansas

Meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia,
© Yekaterina Pustynnikova/AP
This famous image of a meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, was taken in 2013. Did a smaller one just explode high over the Ozarks?
A loud explosion was heard shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Residents across the Twin Lakes Area reported hearing the noise.

Local law enforcement officials have reported receiving numerous calls about the noise. One local law enforcement official said people in Fulton County reported hearing the noise as well.

Social media sites had people reporting they heard the noise in places such as Melbourne, Calico Rock, Norfork, Mountain Home, Marion County and rural Baxter County.


'Sonic boom', falling meteor startles Canterbury, New Zealand residents

Canterbury fireball
© Amanda Coster
A suspected meteor shoots across the North Canterbury sky.
North Cantabrians were treated to an atmospheric spectacle last night when a suspected meteor burned across the evening sky.

People have taken to social media to describe what they saw, with some saying there was a loud "boom", and others thinking it was an earthquake.

In Sefton the Coster family heard a "massive kind of rumble", or "sonic boom", just after 6pm on Monday, Stuff reported.

Amanda Coster said when the family looked out the window they saw an object "burning up and coming down" in the sky, heading towards Mt Gray.

Coster thought it was a meteor, with an "orange glow to it" and leaving a long trail, Stuff reported.

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Meteor fireball lights up the night sky over Perth, Western Australia

Dash cam footage shared on Twitter shows the bright blue light descending through the night skies in Perth

Dash cam footage shared on Twitter shows the bright blue light descending through the night skies in Perth
A mysterious flash of light which lit up Western Australia's dark skies has sparked a fiery debate online about the cause of the illuminating object.

Hundreds of people took to social media to share footage of the flash, which was seen from Mindarie in Perth's north to Meckering in the city's east.

Some witnesses claimed the flash of light was likely a meteorite, although others believed the blue burst looked more like falling debris.

The Perth Observatory had multiple reports of a meteor.

Ralph Gonzalvo was driving on Marangaroo Road headed east when he saw 'a big flash, kind of like lightning.'

Comment: Let's watch that again in slow-motion replay...

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Meteor fireball seen over St. Louis, Missouri area Monday night

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Residents in Missouri and Illinois reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky Monday night.

According to the American Meteor Society, the fireball was seen over Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Indiana. The organization said they have received over 200 reports, including ones from Caseyville, Granite City, St. Louis, Wright City and Warrenton.

"Amazing to witness, it seemed to slowly cross the low horizon and even stutter a bit in its trajectory as it went beyond the horizon," Sally V. of Defiance, Missouri wrote on the American Meteor Society website regarding her observation.


Arizona man finds meteorite in front yard after monsoon storm

Meteorite found in Glendale, AZ
Not too many people saw the flash of light streak across the night sky in the Valley on July 26, but it turns out the meteorite that fell landed right in a Valley man's yard.

According to the American Meteorite Society, only 12 people reported seeing it and one person heard a sonic boom. It came on a rainy, cloudy night with thunder and lighting, but what this one left behind has made history in Arizona.

Arizona University State Professor Laurence Garvie called it the fifth meteorite fall in Arizona and the first one in the valley.

Garvie explained that a fall occurs when witnesses see meteorites fall from the sky and the stones are then tracked to the ground. While meteorite "finds" are much more common, no one knows when the meteorites fell, they are just there.

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Loud explosion, bright fireball in sky mystifies Sabah, Malaysia residents

Fireball over Malaysia
© YouTube/ Suara Masyarakat Sabah
Mystery surrounded a loud booming sound that was followed by tremours seen and felt in some parts of West Coast Sabah late Monday night (Aug 20).

The incident reportedly happened at about 11.35pm, causing a stir among residents in Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Tuaran, Sepanggar and Kota Kinabalu.

Speculation is rife on social media that the explosive sound was part of a military exercise at Paradise Camp in Kota Belud, while others associated the noise with a bright fireball seen streaking across the sky that same night.

However, Sabah Meteorological Department director Azemi Daud said it was likely that the explosion was caused by a shooting star or meteor shower, although he was unable to pinpoint the location of the incident.


Unexplained boom rocks courthouse, homes in Gatesville, Texas

Coryell County Courthouse
© Paul J. Gately (file photo)
The Coryell County Courthouse
Something exploded somewhere Friday morning that that rocked the Coryell Courthouse in Gatesville, shook homes, and broke out some windows, but authorities said Friday afternoon they have been unable to locate the source.

Some residents also reported hearing a second loud explosion at around 2:40 p.m. Friday.

"We've checked out the western part of the county, after report of second boom near Pearl. All is clear," Chief Coryell County Deputy Mark Wilcox said Friday afternoon.

The first explosion at around 9:45 a.m. Friday was felt not only in Gatesville, but for miles around the community.

"It rattled the entire shop," said resident Ronnie Bond, who lives on Powell Drive.

"It sounded like it was behind us towards the east. It was scary because it was so loud and all the neighbors ran out on the street because they were concerned, too, because of the recent tragedy," he said, referring to the explosion in June at Coryell Memorial Hospital.

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Very bright meteor fireball with sonic boom lights up Alabama sky

alabama meteor fireball
NASA has released video of "a very bright" fireball that lit up the sky over Alabama just after midnight Friday morning. The official time of sighting was 12:19 a.m. CDT.

The fireball, which is NASA's word for a very bright meteor, was described as "at least 40 times as bright as the Full Moon." It was first seen 58 miles above Turkeytown, Ala. northeast of Gadsden, according to NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center.

The fireball was moving northwest at 53,700 miles per hour and fragmented about 18 miles above the small town of Grove Oak, NASA said.

"Early results indicate the (meteor) was caused by a small asteroid 6 feet in diameter," NASA said. "We are still assessing the probability of the fireball producing meteorites on the ground."

"Whether it did or not," NASA said, "it was an extremely bright event seen through partly cloudy skies and triggering every camera and sensor operated by the Meteroid Environment Office in the region."

Comment: The American Meteor Society has received 44 reports from people living in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, with some hearing/feeling a sonic boom.

Courtesy of WRCB, additional footage of the event can be viewed here,


Loud boom reported by hundreds in Canberra, Australia remains a mystery

Mystery boom
© Fox24
"Did anyone hear that loud bang?"

It's the post that inevitably sparks sarcasm and ridicule on social media, but on Sunday night, it was instead curiosity that dominated the conversation in Canberra community Facebook groups.

Hundreds of people reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, described as "a huge echoing boom", somewhere around Holt about 9.03pm.

Many said it shook their houses, while others described seeing an orange flash at the same time and shared images from their CCTV cameras.

While there is no shortage of reports, there are so far no answers on what caused the mysterious bang.