First there was the sonic-boom generating, window-breaking meteor in Russia. Shortly thereafter, a fireball streaked across California. And now -- so as not to be left out on the flaming celestial rock action -- Florida saw a fireball blaze across its night sky Sunday.
A meteor lit up southern Florida's early evening sky Sunday. (Photo: WPLG Local 10/Facebook)
"It appeared to be some sort of firework at first glance, but there was a white streak in the air followed by some sort of...orange and green glow," Terrell Forney with Local 10 said of this spotting of the fireball. "And it literally disappeared in about 2 or 3 seconds."
Watch this CBS report with footage of the latest fireball:
The recent fireballs are actually rather common but conditions have to be just right for them to be visible, CBS 4 Miami reported an expert saying. Mike Hankey with the American Meteor Society said such meteors occur daily, coming from the asteroid belt. Hankey told CBS 4 the one spotted in southern Florida was most likely golf ball to soccer ball in size and probably fell into the ocean.
Check out this report from NBC Miami with footage from a viewer:
As for the meteor in Russia that on Friday injured about 1,200 people as it broke the windows of more than 4,000 buildings in Chelyabinsk, cleaning and repairs continued Monday.
The Chelyabinsk city administration said in a Sunday statement that nearly 60 percent of the city's broken windows had been replaced.
Pieces of the meteor are believed to have fallen into an ice-covered lake about 80 kilometers (50 miles) outside the city, but no fragments have been reported found.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.