A mysterious fireball, ten times brighter than the moon, crossed the skies over the United States

Boris Ulloa

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Residents of several cities were able to see and hear the bolide, so named by scientists. The phenomenon fell disintegrated over Louisiana.

NASA confirmed that a fireball sped across the sky over three southern U.S. states.

More than 30 people in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported seeing a very bright meteor around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The bolide fell disintegrated over Louisiana

Other residents of Claiborne, Mississippi, and neighboring areas reported hearing a loud rumble, NASA reported.

The striking orange ball was initially detected 87 kilometers over the Mississippi River near Alcorn, officials said.

The object, which scientists called a bolide, moved southwest at a speed of 88,500 kilometers per hour.

As it descended into the Earth's atmosphere, it fragmented and disintegrated some 55 kilometers over a marshy area north of the community of Minorca, Louisiana.

Testimony from neighbors

One witness told the Vicksburg Post that she heard a loud noise, looked up and saw "a basketball-sized orange fireball with a white tail" moving west toward the Mississippi River.

Another witness said he found it unusual that so few witnesses sighted it, considering the sky was so clear, adding that "more heard it than saw it."

Through a Facebook post, the Claiborne County emergency agency confirmed the reports and noted that the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station was not involved.

"Citizens of Claiborne County, local officials are aware of the loud noise heard throughout the county," the message relates and continues, "Grand Gulf Nuclear Station Nuclear was not involved in this event and the site is safe. There is no threat to the county and no action is necessary."

The fragmentation of the fireball generated enough energy to cause disturbances that were felt on the ground, with rumbling and vibrations felt by people in the area.

At its peak, the bolide was 10 times brighter than a full moon, NASA reported.

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