By Brian Lada AccuWeather meteorologist and writer
31st March 2019, 3:38:50 PM EDT
On Saturday night, the skies over the Southeastern United States turned green as a bright fireball burned the night sky.
More than 200 people from Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina reportedly saw the fireball in the night sky, according to the event page of the American Meteor Society (AMS).
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The meteor burned on entering the Earth's atmosphere east of Tallahassee, Florida, according to the AMS report.
The light of the burning meteor was so bright that it created shadows for a few seconds before the light flickered.
It is not known if the meteor has reached the bottom or if it is completely burned in the atmosphere.
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Events like these are not particularly rare, but they are significantly brighter than the standard meteor during a meteor shower.
On March 29, 2019, over 300 people watched a fireball strike across East Tennessee. The glow was seen by people throughout the region.
On February 1, 2019, a meteor exploded over West Cuba with fragments that reached the ground. No injuries were reported, but the explosion was heard as far south as Florida.
The GOES-East Global Lightning Mapper (GLM) detected the released light of the suspected fireball over Eridu, FL at 11:55. pic.twitter.com/LBaJKj7zDJ
– NWS Charleston, SC (@NWSCharlestonSC) March 31, 2019
– Bobbi Digital (@DigitalBobbi) March 31, 2019
Late on Saturday night, light from a fireball can be seen in this video from Crawfordville, Florida.
– Andrew Gorton WTOC (@AndrewGortonWx) [WhiledrivingfromFloridafterhousingONELifetimeMauseMirGood
– Cameron Shedenhelm (@camshed) March 31, 2019
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