Large Streaking Fireball Caught on Camera over South Florida
Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else?
Whatever it was, residents across Florida took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning.
From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, Scripps Station WPTV in West Palm Beach received calls and emails from people who were perplexed by the strange object.
Grace Theodore said she was walking out of a Walmart in Deerfield Beach around 2:19 a.m. when she recorded video of what she called a “double meteor.”
Leslie Findley was in Boynton Beach when she spotted an “elongated orange stream flowing from the west coast of Florida to the east coast.”
Findley said it lasted about 30 to 45 seconds and said she was “quite shocked.”
Many of the videos posted to social media show a smaller ball of light being followed by a larger ball of light, which is why some are calling it a “double meteor.”
Residents in Tampa, Sarasota and Port Charlotte on Florida’s west coast also spotted the brilliant ball of light overnight.
A spokesperson at the National Weather Service seemed pretty surprised by the the video too, saying, “That video is pretty interesting. No reports of anything here, so your guess is as good as ours as to what it is.”
NASA has not released any details on what the object could have been, but it’s creating quite a buzz Wednesday morning.
— Matt Cusson (@matthewcusson) July 3, 2019
meteor shower over tampa florida (or was it??🤐) the rest of my footage was “mysteriously deleted” from my phone. pic.twitter.com/cmXvyDdZma
— ally??? (@Yo_ImAlly) July 3, 2019