Bright Fireball over North Carolina and South Carolina

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AMS Event#270-2017 – The event has been caught on camera by Rob Swanson from Huntersville, NC

25 reports from SC, NC, VA, TN, KY and MD

The AMS has received 25 reports so far about of a fireball event over seen over North Carolina and South Carolina on Wednesday, January 25th 2017 around 04:15 EST (09:15 UT.). The fireball was seen primarily from North and South Carolina but witnesses from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland also reported the event.

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Below is a video of the event published on Youtube Rob Swanson from Huntersville, NC

Estimated Trajectory

The map below shows the witnesses location with the first estimated trajectory. The preliminary estimated trajectory plotted from the witness reports shows the meteor was traveling from the Northeast to the Southwest and ended its flight south of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

AMS Event#270-2017 – First estimated trajectory and witness location (heatmap)



  • Audra 7 years ago

    I saw this on my way home from work around 4 am. My husband told me not to repeat what I saw that some would think me crazy! Magnificent Bright green ball with a tail

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  • Aaron 7 years ago

    It looks like NASA’s all sky fireball network captured this event as well. The calculated trajectories align quite well surprisingly. Hopefully this validates the approach of using eye witness reports to estimate the trajectory of a meteor. Here is the link to their Report of the fireball and the orbit of the meteor prior to the collision.

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  • Beki Gurski 7 years ago

    I saw a bright flaming light at 12:30 AM January 1, 2017. It was very bright and low in the sky. More like a meteor. It was very fast and just over horizon. Looked like it was on fire. I live in Union County South Carolina.

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  • Joanne 7 years ago

    4 12 17 just saw fireball in salters SC at 8 pm

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  • Joanne 7 years ago

    I wanted to let some one i saw a fireball in the sky in salters SC 04 12 17

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