Guys, calm down
This kind of thing happens all the time. For a change, it happened over a populated area at a time when allot of people were out and about.
There is no evidence to suggest more than one meteor in this particular event (though seeing other meteors near the same time might
some connection to this event).
From the footage of the flashes, this seems to have been quite a slow meteor and quite long lasting - I timed it at 18 seconds (give or take).
This sounds more like a Taurid
fireball than a Leonid which are much faster meteors.
This year is a swarm year (see above link), so we were expecting a few bright Taurid fireballs!
Taurids can last many seconds, and they often flare up like the one in this footage captured by NASA:
However, we do not know enough at this stage to confirm it's origins, and it's just as likely that this was a random or "sporadic" meteor, not
related to any known meteor showers.
People giving conflicting reports about where they saw it "land" is common place in cases like this.
explains why, and why it's highly unlikely that anyone saw anything land. Basically, only
very big meteors retain enough speed to remain luminous all the way down to the ground, and these are very rare, unlike today's event.
Usually what happens in an event like this one, is that the meteor explodes many miles above the ground (at least 20+), or is slowed down so much so
that it falls at free fall speed without being luminous. In this case, if anything survived, it'll probably be scattered over a wide area.
Please check my sticky, which should cover most meteor related questions: www.abovetopsecret.com...
[edit on 20-11-2008 by C.H.U.D.]