Fireball caught on tape over Florida

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Over 55 fireball reports

The AMS has received over 55 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Florida on December 5th, 2017 around 6:35pm EST (11:35 Universal Time).

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Witness Location, first estimated ground and 3D trajectory – AMS Event #4894-2017

The event has been caught on tape by at least two witnesses who shared their videos with us:



  • Ryan Cooper 7 years ago

    Saw this in West Palmetto, it looked like the second video but 10 times closer! It was an amazing site for sure. I could even see pieces breaking off of it! So many colors! Sadly no video or pictures.

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  • Julie Plourde 7 years ago

    Saw one around 6:15 am yesterday (Dec 5) in Cape Coral heading to Fort Myers. Very cool!

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  • Matt hinkle 7 years ago

    I saw it in Port Charlotte was at murdoc Walmart was like a bright spark as if someone was welding in the sky. Very cool sight to witness.

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  • Catherine 7 years ago

    I saw if at 6:35 from the beach on March island. Perfect view. It was like a bright green- red yellow flare and it was as if it fell into the Gulf!

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  • Laura Shaver 7 years ago

    Saw it in Palm Coast. Have to get a dash cam, would love to have video!

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  • Raul 7 years ago

    Saw it on West Palmetto Express Way around 6:30 pm I’ve never seen one before!

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  • Corey brown 7 years ago

    I saw one that looked like the top video Tuesday evening in tampa, I stopped to get gas @ wawa on Florida & waters ave, as I looked up to see what number pump I was at, (so looking South toward downtown) I notice what I thought briefly was fireworks, (bottle rocket ect) I realized quickly what it was.. simply stunning & amazing to see..

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    • Patti Joyce 7 years ago

      I Saw a huge fireball in Deltona FL about a week ago! Stunning sight! I was sitting in my Florida room and happened to look out a window. It lasted 30seconds. Amazing!

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    • Judy 7 years ago

      I had just arrived at Tampa in to airport, was driving east when not far from airport saw big brilliant ball of fire flare low in the sky with a rumble. Wow! Knew it had to be a meteor but heard nothing about it on news.december 5th about 6:30 pm

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  • Cybil Delaney 7 years ago

    I saw it in Bradenton, FL. Beautiful night to sit outside, from my vantage point it looked like a basketball on fire shooting through the sky!

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  • Angela Holden 7 years ago

    Friday Dec. 1st around 8:45ish I saw one from the west side of Indianapolis towards the eastern sky. It caught me off guard as I never seen anything like it before. It was the color green and I just thought “wow that is a different shooting star.” I just saw a post on Facebook from our local news about the ones reported in Florida. The one I saw was exactly like the videos.

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  • Peter 7 years ago

    I saw it on Marco Island. It looked so close and multi colored. At the end it flared to a bright green. At first I thought it was a firework or flare.

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  • Tami 7 years ago

    I saw one just south of our home in Vero Beach, Florida on Wednesday 12/06/17 around 300am while taking my dog out!
    Was concerned about what it was!!

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  • Chris Casper 7 years ago

    I saw it from Tampa facing south. The end was so bright! Totally illuminated the clouds. Looked like flash paper. I was afraid at first it was a plane or something but it was moving so fast I figured it had to be a meteor.

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  • Olga 7 years ago

    I saw it in Kendall . Very bright orange-yellow flare … Amazing!

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  • Akira 7 years ago

    at around 5:50-6:00 today in Nebraska, i stepped out my back door to go check my mail and saw what to me looked like a fireball falling from the sky. I went in, grabbed my iPod and posted about it then went to my grandma’s to tell her what i saw. it was cool and just mind blowing. So i thought i’d look it up and found this. so cool!

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  • Sarah 7 years ago

    I saw it in Bradenton fl… off the ellenton exit. MOST amazing sight ever. It was SO awesome.

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  • Matthew Slater 7 years ago

    December 5, 6:35 pm I saw one come down in Ocala on I-75 mile marker 259. It was a large orange yellow ball with a long flaming tail, landed about 30 yards west of the expressway.

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  • John 7 years ago

    Excited to see im not crazy but disappointed because i did not get a response after this was confirmed even though i am one of the ones who reported it the next day on the web site. I only found out today it made the news

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  • Bobbi Alonso 7 years ago

    I saw a big one last night (1\10\2018) around 8:15 in Bradenton Florida off Cortez Road. It was so close we could see blue and green with the fire.

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  • DaviD Rordiguez 7 years ago

    hey my names David rodriguez from lehigh acres fl and i saw the same fire ball fall from the sky it was like 12 39 am and me and soe buddies were slap drunk and i thoigh i saw a ufo i wasnt sure and didnt know i was the only one that saw it or soo im glad i wasnt too drunk seeing shyt lol

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