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Meteor or Fireball Lighting Up East Coast [PHOTO]

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Lots of people are reporting seeing a meteor light up the skies over several East Coast cities Friday night, including New York and Washington, D.C. According to several eyewitnesses, the leading edge was a glowing  green.

According to the American Meteor Society’s homepage:

We are currently investigating 348 reports (this was increasing minute-by-minute) about fireballs seen over CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, VA, VT & WV and 58 reports from Canada.

The meteor traveled from west to east in the northeast sky eyewitnesses say.

USA Today reports:

A possible meteor has been spotted streaking through the sky over the East Coast, Twitter users and various news organizations are reporting.

Reports of a fireball that streaked over the Albany, N.Y., area shortly before 8 p.m. headed south or southeast was reported by Examiner.com.http://kikn.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=77349&action=edit&message=1

One of the first (unconfirmed) photos to be posted on Twitter tonight has come from @magaman, who snapped this pic.

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Photo by: @magaman

AccuWeather.com (@breakingweather) tweeted that there have been several unconfirmed reports of a large meteor being spotted from Florida to Massachusetts between 7:55 p.m. and 8:03 p.m. ET.

The fireball was green and had a “fairly long tail,” the Examiner reported, adding that it lasted for a few seconds.

Some early tweets about the incident:

  • Just saw what appears to be a pretty big #meteor here in CT. It was very slow and bright green. Crazy! Anyone else see that?—
    The Alternate Routes (@alternateroutes)
  • In NYC, walking down Lexington with my GF! #meteor flashed across the sky in front of us! 1 of the most amazing things I have ever seen!—
    Neal Heneghan (@nealheneghan)
  • @NewsBreaker Fox 5 in Washington D.C. reports their helicopter crew saw meteor from the air; it was green and visible for 5-6 seconds.

Twitter is abuzz tonight

According to the Washington Post, people have been reporting that they’ve seen this mysterious light all over the east coast.

Fox 29 TV reporter Chris O’Connell also saw the object, which he described as “majestic” and beautiful,” but with an estimated speed of 33,500 m.p.h., it’s fortunate the fireball didn’t hit anything.

Several fake pictures were being put up on the web and Twitter accounts minutes after the meteor was sighted along the east coast.

The best Tweet may be this one from an east coast weatherman:

@MetMikeWCVB: Getting lots of fake pics of the #meteor. Some are pretty creative, but dinosaurs are a dead give away.

That’s the way the internet works in this day and age. It takes a long time for verifications and authenticity for photos and videos. We’ll try to find bits of verified footage.

In the meantime, no injuries were reported. Russia, having the most incredible footage, San Fransisco, Florida, and several other locations around the world have been experiencing increased meteor sightings.

Twitter is abuzz tonight and should continue through the night.

Sources Tweets courtesy of Twitchy,

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