Four Separate Fireball Sightings Reported Across Eastern US
More than 500 people across the eastern United States have reported seeing what are thought to be four completely separate fireball events over the last 24 hours, a sequence that the American Meteor Society (AMS) is labelling as "rare".
The reports came into the AMS during the late hours of September 23rd and early hours of 24th September. By yesterday morning, the agency had issued a fireball alert noting the locations and times of the reports which spanned from Florida in the South to Michigan in the North and from New England in the East to Arkansas in the West.
In a statement, the AMS said "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."
Three of the four events occurred within just one and a half hours of each other, while the fourth came just a few hours later. By far the most heavily reported event was that of the fireball spotted over Michigan at approximate 21:55 local time. That particular event was reported by 420 people across Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.