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‘One of the coolest things I've ever seen!’ Did you see the fireball Wednesday night?

FILE PHOTO: NASA image of the October 15, 2009 fireball meteor over Groningen in the Netherlands
FILE PHOTO: NASA image of the October 15, 2009 fireball meteor over Groningen in the Netherlands

People across North and South Carolina reported seeing a fireball shoot across the sky shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

In West Columbia, LP declared it “One of the coolest things I've ever seen!” on the American Meteor Society website.

In Chapin, Nick S. reported he and his wife saw it as they were outside looking at Jupiter.

“The fireball looked like a sparkerler [sic] streaking across the sky with a glowing tail. It was traveling south east directly over my house it appeared. My wife and I saw it as we were out viewing Jupiter in the sky and happen to catch this amazing sight.”

It was captured on this NestCam in North Carolina.

Meteorologist Ed Petrowski in Myrtle Beach plotted the sightings on his twitter feed.

Reports on the AMS website describe a bright fireball with trailing orange/red light that was visible between 3 seconds and 45 seconds. Some reports had the fireball moving from left to right, others from right to left.

Willie A. in Charlotte, N.C. wrote: “I thought it was a low flying plane before I saw the tail. It did not burn out but sailed across the entire visible sky until I lost it in the tree canopy.”

AC in York, S.C. said “It was awesome to see! A huge ball of fast moving fire, my husband said it could be a missile. We grabbed devices and started searching news sites for meteors & missiles over York SC!”

As of 11:40 p.m. Wednesday night, 172 people had reported seeing this fireball to the American Meteor Society website.

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