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Fireball lights up the skies over St. Louis during Northern Taurid meteor shower

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Make a wish: Cameras in St. Louis, Missouri caught what appeared to be a meteor falling from the skies on Monday night, KSDL and KMOV reported.

Both stations reported that local residents saw a flash of light and loud noise at about 8:55 p.m. local time (9:55 p.m. ET). Twitter user David Vergel posted footage from an EarthCam aimed at the city's iconic Gateway Arch of the object streaking through the atmosphere, while other locals appear to have picked up the event on home security cameras. The Northern Taurid meteor shower, which is known for brighter-than-usual meteors called fireballs, was expected to peak on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday with St. Louis just on the eastern edge of the highest visibility region on the map, KSDK reported.

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Bright meteor fireball streaks across the US East Coast

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The American Meteor Society received more than a dozen reports of a bright fireball streaking across the sky along the East Coast Sunday evening.

The meteor was seen about 7:40 p.m. from New York to North Carolina, with several reports from the D.C. area, including Leesburg and Vienna.

The fireball (another term for a very bright meteor), is likely part of the annual Taurid meteor shower, which peaks this week.

Every year from September to November, the Earth passes through a broad stream of debris left by Comet Encke, according to NASA.

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Flash of light, loud boom shakes up Cabarrus County, North Carolina residents

Mystery boom in Cabarrus Cty, NC
© WSOC-TV
Residents in Cabarrus County flooded the 911 call center after they said there was a loud boom and bright flash in the sky overnight Friday.

"I didn't see anything," a resident said. "(I) just heard the loud explosion sound and then, we started seeing sirens."

Channel 9's Tina Terry talks to residents about the disruption and asks officials where it came from.


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Mystery bang, flash of light rocks homes in Coventry, England

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© Coventry Telegraph
Social media was rife last night after 'loud bangs', an 'explosion' and a 'massive flash' were seen and heard over the city.

People living across the north of the Coventry were shocked when they heard the loud bangs in the early hours.

Residents in Coundon, Allesley and even in Radford and Keresley were woken and startled by the noise.

Across social media, more than one bang was heard, with people saying it sounded louder than a firework.

One said: "I've just heard a massive bang", while another said "what the hell was that."

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Meteor fireball lights up sky in metro Atlanta, Georgia

Fireball over Atlanta, GA
© WSB-TV2
People in East Cobb witnessed a special sight Wednesday night.

Former Channel 2 reporter and now Cobb County spokesperson Ross Cavitt shared a video of a flash in the sky Wednesday night, from his dashboard camera.

He said it was even more impressive in person.

It was a shooting star. Basically, what that is is a meteor.

"What happens in the atmosphere in space is you have all these space rocks, debris just kind of orbiting around Earth's atmosphere. Then sometimes they get pulled down into the atmosphere,"​Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said.


Comment: The American Meteor Society received 39 reports of this fireball. It was also seen in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


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Meteor fireball soars over Germany, the Netherlands

Fireball over Germany and the Netherlands
© YouTube/AMS/Stefan F.
On November 4, 2019, the American Meteor Society received 25 reports of a meteor over Germany and the Netherlands. There were two reports of the fireball being seen from northeastern France.

AMS member Stefan F. caught footage of event from Viernheim, Hesse, Germany:


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Two in two days: Another meteor fireball seen over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© YouTube/AMS/Patrick L.
On November 4, 2019, a meteor was caught flying through the sky in Acton, California. Patrick L. caught the fireball on his dashcam and uploaded it to the American Meteor Society (AMS). The AMS received 6 additional sighting reports from San Diego to Long Beach.


Just two days prior, a fireball was seen soaring over the state.

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Big boom, bright streak of light across the sky over Pacific Northwest was a meteor

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© Ikonacolor/Getty Images (file photo)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a meteor!

Observant stargazers in the Pacific Northwest noticed something streak across the night sky late Sunday night, with a long, blue-green tail and an accompanying booming sound.

Posts in Reddit forums started popping up: "I saw what looked like a strange firework ..."Did anyone else see a shooting star tonight?" "What was that huge explosion sound north Seattle????"

The awe wasn't confined to the Seattle area. A Reddit user in Vancouver, B.C., reported seeing "a relatively large streak of light cut diagonally across the sky tonight around 11:30 p.m. We're in the Dunbar and 16th area and saw it in a north-northwest direction, about 30 degrees up. I thought it was just white, my girlfriend said it was rainbow coloured. Are there any meteor showers or something tonight? It lasted about three-quarters of a second, and sort of faded quickly."


Comment: The East Oregonian reports the boom shook windows, doors and rattled walls in northeast Oregon:
"It was a loud boom that lasted a long time and rattled the walls," said Crystal McKee, who lives near the center of town.

"It sounded like they were lighting off dynamite in the park," said Jason Martinez. He lives across the street from Athena City Park, which sits at the southern edge of town.

The noise shook both from deep sleep.
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One person initially thought a car had crashed into her house. Others said the concussion shook windows and doors. Someone from Weston heard it too — and another on Weston Mountain. One speculated about a massive crater nearby.



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Loud house-shaking boom rattles residents in Wichita, Kansas

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A series of loud booms shook south Wichita Saturday afternoon, leaving thousands of people as far away as Haysville and Marion County wondering what caused them.

Beginning around 1:40 p.m., Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers fielded many calls about "possible explosions."

A spokesperson from the National Earthquake Information Center says that their recording equipment has not shown evidence of an earthquake. We have reached out to McConnell Air Force Base but so far have not received an answer.

Ruby Welch posted via Facebook that the boom "shook her house" and thought that "something blew up in (her) neighborhood."

Some people have speculated that it was a meteor. Others think it may have been a sonic boom. Others thought they had seen strange objects in the sky, but that has not been confirmed.

Comment: On November 2nd, the American Meteor Society received 36 reports of a meteor over Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


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Doorbell camera captures 'huge' meteor fireball over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© MSN/Jessica Gilstrap
Home security cameras captured the moment a meteor streaked across the night sky over Fullerton, California, in the early hours of November 2.

Jessica Gilstrap tweeted this video recorded by her doorbell camera, writing: "WHOA! Jared and I were laying in bed and a bright light shone in our room, I thought someone was outside with a flashlight. It was a HUGE meteor! Our doorbell cam caught it. So cool."

Comment: Additional footage of the bolide was uploaded to the American Meteor Society by Steve R.: