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If You Saw a Massive Fireball Streak Across the Sky This Week, You Weren't Alone

Satellite data shows locations of four fireballs spotted across the Eastern portion of the U.S., Sept. 23, 2014. (Image source: KFOR-TV)

Residents of several states across the Eastern part of the U.S. reported seeing a rare phenomenon Tuesday.

Satellite data shows locations of four fireballs spotted across the Eastern portion of the U.S., Sept. 23, 2014. (Image source: KFOR-TV) Satellite data shows locations of four fireballs spotted across the Eastern portion of the U.S., Sept. 23, 2014. (Image source: KFOR-TV) 

More than 140 people said they witnessed what the American Meteor Society claimed was four large fireballs, two of which occurred within 30 minutes of each other. The first was spotted over Florida and Georgia. Residents of Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, and Kentucky reported the second one.

At least twenty-nine people saw the third fireball shoot across the skies of Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Kentucky. The fourth and final one was reported over Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maryland.

The American Meteor Society later confirmed, as KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reported.

“It is rare that multiple significant fireball events occur and are reported to the AMS in the same evening. After analysis of the time, proximity of witnesses and pointing data gathered, it was determined that each event was unique. It is likely that several of these fireball events were captured on camera by the NASA fireball network."

(H/T: KFOR-TV)

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