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North Carolina driver captures streaking meteor on dash cam

One witness reported the fireball "was bright enough to ruin our night vision for a moment."
By Brooks Hays   |   July 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM   |   Comments

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RALEIGH, N.C., July 18 (UPI) -- A barrage of meteors splashed across the night sky late Thursday along the Eastern Seaboard, and one meteor burned particularly bright as it disintegrated in the Earth's atmosphere.

The fireball was caught on video by a Dan Perjar, a software developer from Raleigh, North Carolina -- his dash cam rolling as he made his way east on I-440, heading back from Cary, home to North Carolina State.

The American Meteor Society received similar fireball reports from at least 95 sky-watchers in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A map on their website shows all the reports of meteor sightings from Thursday night. Anyone who saw a meteor light up last night's sky can fill out a witness report.

One witness from Selma, North Carolina, identified as Jason B. on the AMS website, reported the fireball "was bright enough to ruin our night vision for a moment."

"It started off like a normal shooting star, turned orange/red (streamlined) and then turned extremely bright green with many fragments breaking off," he continued. "It made it very low on the horizon (also its brightest point) before being obscured by the distant tree line."

Dozens of messages on Twitter also evidenced the fact that Perjar was not alone in seeing the sky momentarily flash with a burst of green light.

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