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Did you see it? Bright fireball captured streaking in the sky above Ohio

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Idaho Daily Life
Posted at 12:27 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 12:44:46-04

CLEVELAND — An apparent meteor flash was captured Wednesday morning on several Ohio Department of Transportation cameras.

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The astronomical event was sighted throughout Ohio, with some Twitter users reporting their first sighting at around 6:30 a.m.

Luke Starner, who lives in Lancaster, Ohio, captured a dazzling video of the fireball streaking across the sky from a camera at his home.

Raw video of fireball in the sky over Ohio

ODOT cameras caught a brief, bright flash of light, with sightings reported brighter in eastern Ohio.

The flash was captured on an ODOT camera in the Youngstown area.

According to the America Meteor Society (AMS), the event was spotted all over the East Coast and Midwest, including Ohio, D.C., Kentucky, New York, Ontario and West Virginia.

The AMS received more than 260 reports about what it calls a "fireball event" over Ohio at around 6:24 a.m. EDT.

Witness locations
Witness locations of fireball event.

The current meteor shower is called Southern Taurids, which is active now through Nov. 20, according to AMS.

The AMS said several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority occur over oceans and uninhabited areas. When these occur at night, they stand little chance of being seen due to the lower number of persons out to notice them.

If you witnessed this event and/or have photos and video, you can submit an official fireball report here.

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