Fireball from meteor lights up Florida night sky

Staff writer

Dashcam footage captured the moment a bright blue fireball lit up the night sky across Florida and Georgia in the USA.

The US National Weather Service says the bright flash across the night sky over the weekend was likely a falling meteor.

People in southern Georgia and the Big Bend area of northern Florida reported seeing a flash shortly before midnight Saturday. The National Weather Service in Charleston confirmed a mapping tool "detected the released light from the suspected fireball" over a spot about 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) east of Tallahassee just before midnight.

The Tallahassee office released a loop in which the meteor briefly blinks as a purple dot. It's unclear where the meteor landed.

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Saturday's flash followed meteor sightings across the southeast of the USA early on Friday last week. The American Meteor Society says more than 150 reports were recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.