More meteors create fireballs over Cuba, Florida and California
The events are unrelated to the destructive meteor explosion in Russia days earlier.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM
An image from the 2009 Leonid meteor shower. (Photo: Ed Sweeney/Flickr)
The skies sure have been busy lately. In the days after the stunning meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, that injured more than 1,200 people, three more meteor events were sighted over Cuba, Florida and California.
The first of the three new events occurred about 8 p.m. local time on Feb. 15 when people in Cuba caught site of a bright white fireball that some users said was "bigger than the sun." A Cuban TV station posted this report with brief glimpses of the meteor and eyewitness reports (in Spanish):
The California fireball occurred a few hours after the Cuba event and was caught on video by a dashboard camera. The driver who posted the nine-second clip to YouTube said he was driving south on Route 280 in the San Francisco Bay area when he saw a "bright blue shooting star (meteor) fly across towards the Peninsula." Check it out below:
The meteor was also spotted by other people along the California coast.
The final occurrence took place at about 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, when dozens of people across Florida reported a slow-moving fireball in the evening sky. This, too, was caught on video. NBC 4 filed this report:
No injuries or property damage were reported from any of the three recent events.
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