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On Tuesday evening, a giant fireball was seen in the Texas sky.

Texans across the state, from Houston to Fort Worth, reported seeing a massive and bright light streak across the night sky Tuesday. Some thought it might have been a shooting star or even the remains of a firework. It happened so quickly that others wondered if they had seen anything at all. It was revealed that the mysterious flaming sky phenomenon was a fireball.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said it received 146 reports of a fireball seen over Texas and Oklahoma around 6:45 pm ET Tuesday. A nonprofit science organization map shows that the bulk of the reports came from Central Texas.

ABC 13 Chief Meteorologist Travis Herzog also received the sighting reports and asked his Facebook followers to share their footage of the unusually bright meteor and submit their first-person reports to AMS. In the comments, hundreds spoke about what they witnessed and uploaded clips taken from their dash cams and home security cameras, including Herzog, who shared a video taken by his brother and sister-in-law in San Antonio.


“Caught this on a dash cam while driving north on Interstate 37. About 20-30 miles from San Antonio in northern Atascos County. Coincidentally, the song Fire in the Sky was playing. Very suitable,” commented Brett Odorizzi. in the garage when he saw him rush past. A few seconds after a few seconds had passed, we soon lost power!” written by Sarah Jane Zamora-Rivera of Gonzales, Texas.

“I was wondering what it was! I almost convinced myself that it was in my head until I read it. Saw it in Edna!” Jessica Coleman commented. Alisha Kegley Pate, who submitted the report to AMS, captured the burning meteor as it entered Earth’s atmosphere as she filmed frogs croaking at her ranch in Frelsburg, Texas. Other clips were sent from Marble Falls, Grande Prairie, Spring and Burleson.


Another wrote that a fireball had reportedly crashed in a field in Grosbeek. The Duke replied: “Seriously? This is how Superman started…” It is unclear if the rare sighting is related to the Quadrantida meteor shower, which peaked on January 3rd and 4th but is still active until January 16th. AMS notes that the Quadrantids “generally lack permanent trains, but they often produce bright fireballs.”



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