Massive fireball captured streaking through the night sky

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

When a married couple noticed a huge flash of light illuminate the inside of their home one night, they instinctively thought a police officer might have been looking for someone outside.

But when Matthew Bowdle checked his doorbell security camera, the huge light was revealed to be a meteor burning out as it streaked across the sky off the coast of Florida, in the United States. 

“It looked like someone was flashing a huge flashlight into our window,” said Mr Bowdle, a resident of Heron Bay, north of Miami, told news site Tap Into. 

Screenshot of footage of a burning meteor off the coast of Florida.
Rare footage of a meteor falling was captured by a doorbell camera. Source: Twitter/cbkcc1

The incredible sighting was confirmed by the US National Weather Service, which later shared a satellite image showing the meteor to Facebook.

Dozens of Florida residents reported seeing the light, including Mr Bowdle who shared the video captured by his security system in a comment to the post. 

"This is exactly what I saw! Clear as day and appeared super close! This video is great! Shows all the tail, the fireball [and] extra bursts," one person responded.

Several others shared video captured by their security cameras and recalled how shocking it was to witness it unfold in person. 

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"My house cam caught the bright lights and I got to see it live personally. Unbelievable sight," one wrote. 

The rare footage was captured on April 13 between 10.15pm and 10.30pm (local time). 

Some reported seeing the entire sky light up in an orange colour, with some not sure what it was at first. 

"I thought it was a plane falling," someone said, with another saying they "thought it was fireworks at one of the parks". 

"It was the mothership coming through to get me," one person joked. 

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