After hundreds of residents reported witnessing a sudden flash through the sky near Pittsburgh at about 4:20 a.m., a member of the American Meteor Society said the phenomenon was likely a random meteor.
Robert Lunsford told The Associated Press that the spectacle, which some people said looked to be a fireball moving through the air, was not part of a known meteor shower.
“Anyone else see the HUGE fireball over #pittsburgh just now?!?” wrote a Twitter user named Dave DiCello. “I’m running right by AGH and it flashed so bright…left a huge streak in the sky. One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. I actually had to squint it was so bright.”
Footage of the brief blast of light was caught on a security camera at a residence in New Lyme, Ohio, that belongs to Mark and Rosemary Sasala.
Lunsford said a meteor would only need to be the size of a softball to cause light as large as a full moon, and suspects the object at the center of Wednesday’s burst was a bit bigger.
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