Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Residents on the East Coast, Ohio and Pennsylvania captured video of an unusually bright fireball in the sky that experts said was likely a meteor traveling at a high speed.
Dashboard cameras and home security cameras recorded the flash of light in the sky just prior to 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the nonprofit American Meteor Society said there were more than 700 reported sightings of the fireball.
The society said the fireball is believed to be a random meteor not associated with any known meteor showers.
Expert Ralph Crewe said the meteor was unusually bright.
"We saw a really exceptional meteor, which is when a piece of debris from outer space, either rock or metal, hits the atmosphere," Crewe told KDKA-TV.
He said it's rare to see a fireball so bright over a populated area.
"They actually happen pretty frequently but not usually in over-populated areas. Most of the Earth is the ocean, so we're lucky to get to see one like this," he said.