Florida Fireballs; Watch The Meteor Shower That Panicked Locals [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 19, 2013 3:21 PM EST

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Fireballs streaked across the Florida sky Sunday night. (Photo: Twitter)

Florida fireballs streaked across the state on Sunday night, lighting up the night sky and 911 switchboards as residents worried they were in danger of an explosion like the one that rocked Russia just days before. The Florida fireballs were likely caused by meteors similar to the ones that exploded over Russia, but the Florida fireballs were of a much smaller, much less dangerous size according to local experts.

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"This one wasn't grain-of-sand size, which what most of them are," Director of the Museum of Science and History's Bryan-Gooding Planetarium Thomas Webber said. "When we get something a little bigger, that maybe has a silicate coating that ablates off as it travels though the atmosphere and takes some of the heat with it, they can appear much brighter and last a lot longer."

Although the Florida fireballs may have looked scary there were no reports of damage or injuries. The Florida fireballs were chronicled by the American Meteor Society on their website along with eyewitness testimony.

"When I saw this, I thought of a falling star, but it was too bright and too big! When I researched it, I knew I had seen the same meteor that was seen on the East Coast. On a clear night on the west coast of FL, we could always see a shuttle land, so I was excited to know that I knew what I had seen really was a meteor!" wrote one witness.

"Very large fireball of orange to red and at the angle i was at ... also had a friend with me that saw it ... thought it was going toward the earth at a very steep angle to the earth ... i was in silver springs traveling east and that thing looked like it was going into the ocean around the cape area ... awesome and not the normal shooting star i see," wrote another witness.

Video of the Florida fireballs was captured by eyewitnesses as well, and compiled in the following local news report from WPTV.

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