Did You See It?
A meteor―or something that looked like one―was visible entering the Earth's atmosphere shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, according to numerous unconfirmed reports.
From Boston to the Carolinas on Friday night, there were hundreds of unconfirmed reports on Twitter and other social media outlets of a meteor-like object visibly entering the Earth's atmosphere shortly before 8 p.m.
Montgomery County resident E. Steven Collins said he saw the meteor moving quickly across the sky, and told the Washington Post's "Capital Weather Gang" that the meteor was "Bright. Orange. Blue. White. Silver. Totally streaking by the sky light!"
A meteor estimated to be about 50 feet wide and weighing more than 10,000 tons exploded over central Russia last month, injuring hundreds with a shockwave that blew out windows and damaged structures across a wide area.
No injuries, or other material impacts were reported Friday night.
The American Meteor Society had logged hundreds of reports of the meteor across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states late Friday night.
Here are some comments from Patch readers who said they saw the object:
I was talking with my daughter-in-law Stephanie and she saw it. Thought somebody was shooting off fireworks or something...How cool that she saw it??!! ― Coleen Pontin, Royersford
I saw it!! It looked like a shooting star...long and bright!! Thought it was a firework going off! ― Anne Zadrejko, Phoenixville
My Girl Scouts and I saw it. We were on a night hike at River Bend Nature Center in Gladwyne. We all agreed that it was a shooting star. ― Karen Meade
I was driving home, south on 476, right above Quakertown and I saw this huge flash. At first I thought it was lightning. Then I looked out my driver side window and I saw what I thought was a firework. It was a long, green streek in the sky that kind of fizzled out. It was so neat! Glad to know I wasn't seeing things. ― Amy Petko-Trimble
My son and I saw it walking out of a building in paoli. It stopped us from walking it was so bright and flickering! Neither of us have seen a shooting star before so we just assumed but it looked like it was right there! ― Kim Clarke-Wynn
Did you see it the Friday night object? Better yet, did you photograph it? Tell us what you saw (or upload your photo) here!