A large meteor lit up the night sky across the East Coast, leading hundreds of dazzled spectators to report sightings in more than a dozen states.
The event was not unusual but was widely reported because it happened across a populated area on a Friday night, said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office.
“There was a lot of people out and it got everyone’s attention,” Cooke told the Los Angeles Times.
The meteor was reported at about 8 p.m. EDT. It was probably the size of a boulder, about one yard across, and was bright enough to be classified as a fireball, Cooke said. It broke up in the atmosphere and went out across the Atlantic Ocean.
The light show it created was not as spectacular as the one set off when a tiny asteroid exploded over Russia in February. Still, it was quite a sight.