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Large fireball seen streaking across Florida sky

American Meteor Society says it's space debris
Posted: 9:55 AM, Jul 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-03 15:39:28-04
Large fireball seen streaking across Florida sky

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Was it a meteor, a comet, space junk falling to Earth or something else?

Whatever it was, residents across South Florida and the Treasure Coast took to social media to show photos and video of a large fireball streaking across the sky early Wednesday morning.

From Deerfield Beach to Vero Beach, WPTV received calls and emails from people who were perplexed by the strange object.

Grace Theodore said she was walking out of a Walmart in Deerfield Beach around 2:19 a.m. when she recorded video of what she called a “double meteor.”

Leslie Findley was in Boynton Beach when she spotted an “elongated orange stream flowing from the west coast of Florida to the east coast."

Findley said it lasted about 30 to 45 seconds and said she was “quite shocked.”

Many of the videos posted to social media show a smaller ball of light being followed by a larger ball of light, which is why some are calling it a "double meteor."

Residents in Tampa, Sarasota and Port Charlotte on Florida's west coast also spotted the brilliant ball of light overnight.

A spokesperson at the National Weather Service seemed pretty surprised by the the video too, saying, “That video is pretty interesting. No reports of anything here, so your guess is as good as ours as to what it is.”

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office chimed in on Twitter with their own lighthearted analysis by saying, "No, we were not invaded last night by Martians but we appreciate the level of confidence you have of us to stop intergalactic invaders."

The American Meteor Society said it is space debris, possibly a Chinese satellite that was launched in 2015.

NASA has not confirmed what they believe the fireball to be.

This story was originally published by Scott Sutton on WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.