Sightings were also reported in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and in several other locations in Massachusetts.
An observer named Charles B. in Arlington said it was “the brightest, largest meteor I’ve ever seen.”
“Every one I’ve seen before this was simply bright white streaks in the sky — this meteor was flaming orange and the trail had a distinct width, it wasn’t just a white line,” he said in his report, which was posted on the American Meteor Society website.
A witness named Katrina C. in Shrewsbury shared her observations as well.
“This fireball was pretty!” she said. “Below cloud level. The ball was an extremely bright white, with a light hue of blue. The tail was a long extremely bright orange tail.”
Natasha Y. in Arlington described it as “an amazingly bright orange huge fireball,” according to the website.
“Caught me completely off guard as I was strolling down a street near Whipple Hill,” she said. “Looked to be very close by, not far in the distance.”
A man in Maynard was out walking his dog when he saw the fireball.
“I saw a bright streak that turned very bright and larger then appear to get smaller before disappearing,” he said in his report.
A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, according to the American Meteor Society. “Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day,” the society’s website states. “The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them.”
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