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Were they meteors? A comet? UFOs?
People from Maryland to Hampton Roads heard loud explosions and saw brilliant, streaking lights in the sky Sunday night.
There was no immediate explanation, the National Weather Service office in Wakefield said. The Virginia Beach 911 center had numerous calls waiting just before 10 p.m., a supervisor said.
The Weather Service said reports were made from Dorchester County, Md., to the Virginia/North Carolina border. People said they saw a streak in the sky and heard an explosion.
“It was orange, like a fireball,” said Steve Wagner, who lives in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake and said what he saw was too close to be a shooting star.
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
Then I caught a burst of green all across the sky — I was looking west, so I'm guessing that one of those greenish fireballs may have flashed behind me, in the east, and I missed it. Damn!
Have read the reports from witnesses, which are all pretty consistent in describing large meteoroids: Started out as bluish-white streaks; expanded and flashed green as they descended; and, most interestingly, bore fiery tails as they reached very low altitude. They would have had to be low for witnesses to hear the sonic booms.
Witnesses describe the flashes in the sky as being colored with yellows and oranges. While fireballs usually throw sparks that appear green followed by trains of blue and red. The loud explosion accompanying the balls of fire in the sky also could be explained if the object was a rocket tank with residual amounts of booster fuel.