Four large fireballs were spotted flying above several Eastern states in the United States on Sept. 23. Three of the incidents took place within 1.5 hours of each other and each event has been described as “unique” by the American Meteor Society.
The first fireball was seen by seven people at approximately 1:11 p.m. EST in Florida and Georgia, reports KFOR.com.
Several hours later, a second fireball over Michigan was spotted by more than 77 witnesses from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Kentucky.
The third fireball was reportedly seen in Tennessee by 29 witnesses from Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Kentucky.
Just a few minutes later, the fourth and final fireball was spotted above Pennsylvania by 42 witnesses from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland.
Although AMS states on its website that it receives daily reports about fireballs and is currently investigating 483 reports about fireballs spotted over various states, it officials from the organization also admit: “It is rare that multiple significant fireball events occur and are reported to the AMS in the same evening. After analysis of the time, proximity of witnesses and pointing data gathered, it was determined that each event was unique. It is likely that several of these fireball events were captured on camera by the NASA fireball networks.”