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Loud fireball lights up the East Coast sky (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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 Cinnamon    28,911

People from Maryland to Québec may have seen an unusually large and loud fireball in the sky. The American Meteor Society received 510 reports of a fireball with a sonic boom. The fireball was likely an asteroid.

Tuesday night’s fireball sightings could be one of the American Meteor Society’s (AMS) top 10 events in terms of received reports, according to the Washington Post. There were a few unique factors behind the fireball that led to the large numbers of reports.

What struck me is that people from Canada to Southern Maryland saw it,” Mike Hankey, operations manager for the American Meteor Society, told the Post. “That means it was pretty bright.”



They're getting bigger, louder and more frequent! 


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 Jostler    2,230

The Orionid meteor shower commenced on October 2nd and continues through November 7th so we may see a surge in these kind of reports.  That doesn't explain the seeming increase leading up to now though.

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