Fireball streaks across the sky in North Carolina, Virginia

"Fireball" Streaks Across NC Skies

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- You might have seen it streak across the sky and thought your eyes were playing a trick on you. No trick, it was a fireball! Thursday evening around 6:04 pm a fireball streaked across the North Carolina sky. A fireball is generally a very bright meteor.

The fireball was seen as far north as Charlottesville and Fredericksville, VA. Based on the information obtained by the reports the American Meteor Society estimates that the fireball started about 3 miles southwest of Essex, NC the tracked southeast to about three miles northeast of Red Oak, NC. This is all just north-northwest of Rocky Mount, NC

If you happened to see or even get a picture of video of the fireball let Chief Meteorologist Grant Gilmore know by contacting him on facebook, twitter or by sending him an email at ggilmore@wfmy.com. As of 10 pm Thursday evening the American Meteor Society had received 56 reported sightings of this fireball. 

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