Bright fireball over San Diego, California

Bright fireball over San Diego, California

A very bright fireball was seen and recorded streaking through the night sky over San Diego, California around 04:00 UTC on April 11, 2017 (21:00 PDT, April 10). Witnesses have described the event as green and very bright fireball, lasting for several seconds.

As of 12:34 UTC, the American Meteor Society has received 295 reports. 11 of them mentioned sound associated with the event while 76 reported fragmentation. The sight was initially thought to be an airplane crash in Hesperia, but there was no wreckage found.

The meteor was primarily seen from the San Diego and Los Angeles, California but people from Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico also reported seeing it.

The AMS made preliminary trajectory based on received reports. The meteor was traveling from east to west and ended its visible flight on the Lake Michigan somewhere over the San Diego Trough.

Fireball over San Diego, California, April 2017 - Heatmap

Bright fireball over San Diego, California around 04:00 UTC on April 11, 2017. Eyewitnesses heatmap. Credit: AMS

The image below shows the preliminary 3D trajectory of the event:

3D trajectory of bright fireball over San Diego, California - April 2017

Credit: AMS

Video courtesy Steve Yonemura/AMS

Video courtesy Meteor Marc

Video courtesy Dave Kodama

Video courtesy Faye Heddings/AMS

Video courtesy S Diego

Video courtesy Network126

Featured image: Bright fireball over San Diego, California - April 2017 Copyright: Dave Kodama

Comments

Brian Fritz 4 months ago

I'm an Uber driver. I was driving down the 55 Southbound towards Costa Mesa, CA and I caught the whole thing on my HD dashcam - https://youtu.be/VtsXPMQ-niI

TW (@Brian Fritz) 4 months ago

Good one! Thank you, Brian. Added

Kathleen 4 months ago

A red and blue fire trail was also seen 4-10-2017 shortly after 9:00 pm traveling from south of las vegas. It traveled north west impacting in the spring mountains between Kyle canyon and lee canyon. The impact created a huge bright light.

TW (@Kathleen) 4 months ago

Thank you, Kathleen.

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