A brilliant fireball was seen streaking across the night sky over Arizona at around 04:26 UTC on December 7, 2019. Witnesses said the light appeared green, likely a "shooting star" but more than a quick flash that such phenomenon commonly produces.
The meteor was seen in several areas across the state including Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Munds Park, Catalina Foothills, Globe, Scottsdale, Holbrook, and Maricopa. Some residents' home cameras were able to capture the event.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) said they received 18 reports about the meteor. Most of the witnesses said they heard no sound from the explosion, but a certain Ronald D. from Mesa reported otherwise.
The Arizona Republic has yet to promptly confirm the source of the fireball, but observers reported seeing it from vantage points such as 32nd Street and Thomas Road, near the Phoenix Art Museum, or in north Phoenix.
Image credit: AMS
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