A massive fireball lit up the sky last night in parts of Southern West Virginia and other states, causing somewhat of a panic. The meteor, making its way towards the Earth, was brighter than Venus (which apparently is pretty bright) and caused a sonic boom. The Charleston Gazette reported the meteor prompted hundreds of 911 calls in Kanawha, Boone, Raleigh and Logan counties.
“Kanawha 911 said it looked like fireworks going off on their radar, it appeared that close to them, so it must have been pretty bright,” a National Weather Service meteorologist told the Gazette.
The meteor was also reported in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin, according to the Associated Press. Here’s a map of every report of the meteor.
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We scoured social media for a photo or video, but came up with nothing. So here’s what other meteors look like.
The American Meteor Society says it’s investigating. The website says: