Fireball over North & South Carolina on April 4th, 2019 6:50am EST

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Over 900 reports from 8 states

The AMS has received over 900 reports so far about of a slow and bright fireball seen above South and North Carolina on Thursday, April 4th 2019 around 6:50am EDT (10:50 Universal Time). The event was mainly seen from the Carolina’s but we also received reports from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

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AMS Event #1561-2019 – Witness location and estimated ground trajectory

Trajectory

The preliminary 3D trajectory computed based on all the reports submitted to the AMS shows that the fireball was traveling from West to East and ended its flight East of Ivanhoe, NC.

AMS Event #1561-2019 – Estimated 3D trajectory

Videos and Photos

The event has been caught by Pat Branch from Greenville, PA on an AMS AllSky6 camera system:

We also received numerous videos of the event from witnesses – all of them can been seen from the AMS Event #1561-2019 page.

Fireball?

Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. 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.

Additionally, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event. As a general thumb rule, there are only about 1/3 as many fireballs present for each successively brighter magnitude class, following an exponential decrease. Experienced observers can expect to see only about 1 fireball of magnitude -6 or better for every 200 hours of meteor observing, while a fireball of magnitude -4 can be expected about once every 20 hours or so.

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25 comments

  • Shari 5 months ago

    Caught pic of it from.clatks hill lake sc

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  • James Hall 5 months ago

    I was wondering if you have ever seen an bright green Fireball like the one I saw this morning at 0650? I saw the Fireball while walking to work in Charleston SC. It was bright green, had a green train. I have never seen a meteor for that long of period of time as it flew across the sky silently.

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    • Billp 5 months ago

      I saw it this morning on my way to work at approximately 5:50Am CST. I was traveling north near Anniston AL.

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    • Ryan O’Neill 5 months ago

      I also witnessed this in Goose Creek, SC walking into work at around 0650. Very cool sight

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  • Jessica 5 months ago

    I also saw the fireball as I was headed to school on the bus. I saw it at around 6:50 am. I was just sitting and then I looked out the bus window and I saw a streak of blue and orange fire falling from the sky. It was cool.

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  • Yolanda 5 months ago

    I saw a bright ball flying through the sky while I was outside taking the trash bag out that morning getting ready to leave for school around 6:45 and 6:50. I am for reals it was bright and beautiful you should have seen it!!!!

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  • Marlene Hufnagle 5 months ago

    My boyfriend works at Hancock and Moore Hancock and Moore Furniture in Taylorsville, NC. They had a fire drill around 6:50 am. The whole plant was outside and witnessed this event.

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  • Eric 5 months ago

    I was in my way to work this morning and I was between lake city and live oak Florida, about 10 miles south of Wellborn, Florida. Very awesome thing to witness.

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  • Marilyn J Daw 5 months ago

    I was on the way to work in Greenville NC around 8:45am when I saw the fireball. I saw it as I slowed for the stoplight at the airport. It was the slowest event I believe I ever witnessed. It seemed fairly low as well. It was larger and brighter than it showed in any of the videos.

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    • Torch wilkins 5 months ago

      I saw it this morning @ about 6:45am in winterville NC I agree it was very low and very bright green, maybe two different ones

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  • Heraclio 5 months ago

    I see 2 times in this week same place same hour but different direction, 6:50 on my way to my work in the mountains, habersham. First time very close second time little mor e far.

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  • Stephanie Freeman 5 months ago

    Thurs., 1/4/19
    We were on our way home from our son’s baseball game tonight! Just saw one again in Charleston, SC!!! It was green and beautiful!

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    • OMID IRANPANAH 5 months ago

      I saw a green bolide low in the sky that night also. Maybe between 9-11 to the east. In Pensacola, FL. Green and big as hell, so weird…

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  • Janet Clements 5 months ago

    We live in South Georgia and my husband seen it around 6am!

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  • Orlando 5 months ago

    I saw it this morning in Aiken south Carolina about 650

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  • Tim DuFresne 5 months ago

    I witnessed this fireball yesterday morning…and to think I was the only one to have seen it!! It was magnificent and grand as it flew through the quiet morning sky. A spectacular experience that meant much to me personally as a sign of “rebirth”…thank you Lord for such an event. All things are created by God…nature and the universe can speak to us!!

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  • Mike Adams 5 months ago

    In Maryville, TN and not only saw it walking into work but heard it. I looked up to find what sounded like the high pitched whine when you watch video of a bomb being dropped in older wars. I saw flames of orange and green. Then it fizzled out.

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  • Brandon 5 months ago

    There was a large group of us at Fort Gordon, GA conducting an APFT in a large open field. We had a great look at it for the entire time because there was nothing in the way of our view. Someone ask me what was that, so I said they are really going all out to promote this new Avengers movie.

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  • Carissa 5 months ago

    I saw one in Southern Pines, North Carolina Wednesday night around 9:50pm!

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  • Gina Hurst 5 months ago

    My daughter and I saw it as we were driving to school Thursday morning, in Northern Hamilton County, East Tennessee.

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  • Pierre T. McDaniel 5 months ago

    I believe I heard the meteor hit the ground. Milford Utau. Thought it was a earthquake,but it must of been that meteor everybody saw over there in the east. There was a violent sound from deep underground.
    Did anybody else hear in utau?

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  • David 5 months ago

    I saw this meteorite moving West to East on my way to work in Tallahassee FL 6;49 A/M. I was going North, I was on the South side of town. It looked like a silver star, I was thinking satellite or ISS, but saw its trail as it was breaking up.

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  • Scott 5 months ago

    I was near Kinard SC and around 6:40 am on April 4 2019, saw a blue/green fireball or Meteor fall for several seconds I was facing north eastward and it appeared to be falling from southwest to north eastward, I watched it until it disappeared behind the tree tops, it first appeared high or straight up when I noticed it.

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