May 24, 2024

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A fireball lights up the New Jersey night sky after days of eclipses and earthquakes

A fireball lights up the New Jersey night sky after days of eclipses and earthquakes

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A massive fireball lit up the sky across New Jersey early Wednesday morning, in what has already been a bizarre week of natural phenomena in the Garden State and the surrounding area, including an earthquake and a solar eclipse.

An apparent meteorite falling to Earth created a bright streak of light, with residents in several New Jersey cities — as well as some parts of Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania — reporting the sight. To the American Meteor Society.

Security camera video Posted on Facebook Written by Linda Price Hines from her home in Wall Township, New Jersey, showing the flash flying across the sky in just two seconds at 3:43 a.m.

Residents from at least 10 cities in New Jersey reported seeing the fireball. Wall Township, NJ Residents/Facebook
The fireball was captured on camera at 3:43 a.m. Wednesday. Wall Township, NJ Residents/Facebook
The sighting was also reported by people from Delaware to Connecticut. Wall Township, NJ Residents/Facebook

The AMS website, which allows people to self-report their experiences, shows there have been numerous reports of sightings from area residents around the same time frame.

A man, who gave his name as Darren T., said he saw the light in Hackettstown in Warren County, about 50 miles west of New York City.

“This was the first time I had seen this in my area,” he wrote in his report. “I've seen shooting stars but this was the first time I noticed this.”

Christina Fee, a resident of Linden, New Jersey, said she had just gotten out of the shower sometime around 3:40 a.m. when she was disturbed by what she saw in the sky.

“I saw a bright, almost neon green color falling from the sky. There weren't any long trails or anything but it fell and was gone,” she wrote. “I was watching through the window, so it may have affected my vision but I was left there dumbfounded. I rushed to tell my friend what I saw it and immediately went online to check if it was normal.

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Don Bee, of Mount Kisco in Westchester County, New York, called it “unbelievable.”

She noted that it was “kind of surreal.”

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