'Fireball' Shocks Residents of Several Southern States

'Fireball' Shocks Residents of Several Southern States

 'Fireball' Shocks Residents of Several Southern States

Where was it seen? Residents of several southern states reported seeing a large burning fireball in the sky around 8 pm local time last night. The meteor-like object was seen primarily in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee, although reports have also come in from Virginia and Alabama residents who said they witnessed the fireball over their homes. Some reports say that pieces of rock fell to the ground after the fireball burned out. And while this may seem like an event that should be reported to the U.S.

What happened

NASA is reporting over 30 persons witnessed a glimpse of a fireball hurtling towards EarthEarth on Saturday night. The fireball was seen in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. According to reports from Nasa, it exploded into several pieces before reaching Earth’s surface. No injuries or damage have been reported. Nasa has confirmed that it was not an asteroid but rather a meteorite from another planet.

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The current state of the investigation

Officials with NASA confirmed that a fireball was seen over three southern states at around 11:30 p.m. EDT (1:30 a.m. GMT) Monday night, and have said that they suspect it was debris from a Russian rocket booster. There were no reports of injuries or property damage from fireballs landing on land, but one meteorologist was quoted as saying, I’ve been in touch with some locals in Mississippi and they say they saw something going into or coming out of Lake Pontchartrain, so we may have some evidence to look into. The US Coast Guard also has no reports of impacts on water at all and are continuing their investigation as well.

Stories from people affected by the fireball

Looking back at what happened, we have to wonder: What would have happened if a fireball had fallen in a more populated area? The answer may surprise you—and give some people pause. If it were to happen over a big city like, say, Nashville or Memphis, we would be in trouble. It could take out an entire skyscraper and there wouldn’t be enough warning time for everyone to get out. Of course, everyone immediately thought about 9/11 when they heard about it—I mean, who wouldn’t? If a fireball fell directly into Manhattan or D.C., nobody would be able to do anything about it and all those lives lost would be totally preventable! But fortunately that didn’t happen and hopefully never will happen.

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The scientific explanation for this phenomenon

Meteorologists at Nasa confirm fireball seen in Mississippi. The meteorological phenomenon causes an extremely bright and sudden flash when it enters Earth’s atmosphere. It is created by a very bright display of light which often results in a thunderous explosion, sonic boom or sonic bang that can be mistaken for an earthquake. Fireballs are most commonly seen during intense showers such as storms or other significant meteorological events.

Additional resources

NASA confirms fireball in Mississippi; residents from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee report sightings

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