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Fireballs streak over Washington, D.C. and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


Two notable fireballs were reported over the past couple of days over North America. The first over Newfoundland on October 1 and the second over Washington D.C. on October 2, 2018.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one report about a fireball seen over Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on October 1 but the event was recorded by several people driving on the Northeast Avalon. Itl lasted more than 5 seconds.


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Washington D.C. event of October 2 was reported by 22 witnesses by 19:00 UTC on October 4. 

The event was seen over Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. The event lasted just several seconds. There was no sound associated with it but 9 people reported fragmentation.

Washington D.C. fireball heatmap – October 2, 2018. Credit: AMS

Featured image: Fireball over Newfoundland and Labrador on October 1, 2018. Credit: Vince Gibbons





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