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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A "fiery object" streaking across the sky was reported by dozens in our viewers, and many more across the Carolinas Tuesday evening.
According to eyewitnesses, this object raced through the sky around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasted only a matter of 5 to 10 seconds before dissipating.
It is difficult to get an official confirmation without any photo or video evidence, but the most likely explanation is that this was a meteor burning up as it was passing through the atmosphere overhead. It is not known if this object reached ground.
A possible meteorite entering the Earth’s atmosphere Tuesday evening had 911 centers in Southeastern North Carolina fielding multiple phone calls from concerned residents.
Lisa Weldrick, a supervisor at the New Hanover County 911 Communications center, said callers described witnessing what appeared to be a large meteorite crossing the sky at a steep angle before burning out shortly after 7:30 p.m. She said callers described it as a shooting star and one man said it looked like it had three propulsion systems.
Originally posted by AdamsMurmur
One of the comments in the first article has someone claiming it looked like a triangle.
That coupled with the propulsion thing makes you wonder if this was some kind of craft that possibly malfunctioned while passing through our atmosphere. Since it only lasted a few seconds, we probably won't see a video or picture of it.
Calls and emails have been coming into the newsroom about a fireball streaking across the sky Tuesday night.
It appears what people saw was a meteor like the one in the picture accompanying this story, but maybe not quite as big.
We received calls emails and from people in Beaufort County, Kinston, Camp Lejeune, and Winterville all describing the same thing around 7:30: A blue-green fireball streaking across the sky towards the East until it disappeared. No one reports hearing or seeing any impact.
We talked with the National Weather Service out of Newport where officials say they have also had similar reports, but can't confirm for sure that it was a meteor.
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
Sounds like a simple bolide to me. Unfortunately, most people aren't versed in astronomy, so when they see one they have no idea what it is and assume that it is something anomalous.