Alabama: Fireball Streaks Across the Sky at 73,000 MPH (+Video)

By Zack
September 9, 2013 10:29 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:19 pm

A fireball was reported streaking across the sky in Alabama on Monday evening.

Many people reported seeing the fireball on Twitter and several local broadcasters also reported the sighting.

Irondale, Alabama resident Tammy Rebellady said via Facebook: “I saw it too and heard the sonic boom i mean it was loud i was outside and seen a green red hue pass over head here in iron dale, omg it was awsome!!!”

“Saw it here at the chattahoochee brewing company in phenix city, al,” said Janice Patterson-Winowich via Facebook.

“Actually saw it here in Prattville, too, man. That was AWESOME,” said Brandon Thomas via Facebook.

“Just saw a brilliant fireball (meteor streaking across the sky) about 20 minutes ago looking north/northwest. Very bright green!” said WTVM weather via Facebook. 

It’s almost impossible to catch a picture because “they don’t last for more than a second or two, and then they are gone,” said the weather account.

However, someone appeared to catch it on video at the Mumford & Sons concert at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Birmingham.

There were also reports of loud booming sounds.

Matt Grantham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, told that it was likely a meteor, but couldn’t confirm it was. 

“My guess is that it would be a fireball, a meteor passing though the atmosphere,” he said.

Bill Cooke of NASA told meteorologist James Spann that it was “Definitely a fireball, about as bright as the moon.”

“Picked up by 4 of our meteor cameras at 8:18:15 PM local time; preliminary analysis shows it hit the top of the atmosphere at 73,000 mph and made in down to 25 miles altitude (very low for a meteor), which explains the sonic boom heard by folks in the area,” he said. “Will have more details a bit later.”

People reported seeing a fireball in many areas of Alabama, including: Decatur, Hoover, Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Pinson, and Wetumpka.

Dozens logged information about sightings at the American Meteor Society.

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