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Florida fireballs have people asking whether another meteor has visited Earth

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(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — The sky is falling! Florida residents reported seeing a flickering light falling off the state’s eastern coast Sunday night, raising curiosity over whether Earth has played host to yet another meteor.

Crowdsourced reports on the American Meteor Society’s website generally stated the falling light happened sometime after 6:30 p.m. local time, with sightings from Cocoa, Fla., all the way down to Miami.

NBC-6 in Miami showed witness video of a falling, flickering light, burning brighter and moving slower than most small shooting stars.

Miami residents took to Twitter to say they saw a fireball. (Meteors are what’s in the sky; meteorites are what you find on the ground.)

“My man was just on the golf course in #Miami & swears he saw a #meteor. Did that happen or is he just messing with me?!” one user tweeted.

“Just witnessed a meteor go down near South Beach. True story!” another added.

“Yeah I wasn’t on acid or anything, I def. saw a meteor fireball thingy in the sky today,” said another user.

Local media reported that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard said they received calls about a flashing light, with the Coast Guard reporting that they couldn’t find a flare or a boat in distress.

The Florida sighting joins another sighting off the West Coast on Friday night and, of course, the huge meteor that flashed over Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday, creating a shock wave that broke windows and injured hundreds.

The Russian object, the remains of which are now being collected, is thought to be the largest to hit Earth in a century.

About 100 tons of rock and particles as minuscule as a grain of sand hit Earth’s atmosphere and burn up on entry every day, according to NASA. Vehicle-sized meteors that create an “impressive fireball” arrive about once a year.

9 comments

  • Observer

    I observed the same burning light decending towrds the SE coast line from my house, I thought it was a plane or copter in trouble it appeared to be on fire.

    • Bob

      LOL, this amazes me, It takes a fireball in Russia to get people looking up, meteors are in the sky every single night, just look up!!!

    • Baffin5150

      Bill, it's the "Day of the Trifids", when plants can walk and chase humans down for a good meal. A really old 1950's movie.

  • Baffin5150Baffin5150

    Hmmmmyeah, I remember a movie from the '50's, I think it was called "Day of the Trifids" (Tri Fids), or something like that. It was about a comet that fell to earth and put on a really big display of fireworks over London. Everyone and their dog was out looking at it.

  • Baffin5150

    Except for the star of the movie, who was recovering from eye surgery that night, so his face/eyes were completely covered. No med staff comes to help him in the am, so he takes his bandages off and sees that everythings a mess. He goes outside where these weird plants have pulled up their roots and are chasing anything that moves, in search of a good meal. The plants "listen" for the humans who are running around sobbing, running into street lamp poles, or garbage cans. So the bloodthirsty plants chase them down and slap the humans up ise the head with long branches, totally whacking the humans down, and dining on them.

  • Baffin5150

    Did I mention that all the humans who watched the comet come in the night before were now BLIND? And also these weird new plants could now walk around and zero in on any movement/noise. So, a female human who can still see, teams up with our post op hero, and together they run for their lives, and head for a seaside village, far away from London. But the place is crawling with more of these flesh eating plants, and in the end, the humans make a run for it, but they get trapped and decide to turn on these really big fireman hoses on the plants, using seawater, and BLAM! The plants start to wither and die, and mankind is saved again, by simple salt and H20. The movie is much better than my rendition of it. You might be able to find it at some oddball video store

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