A fireball blazed across North Texas, which was witnessed by hundreds of reports. The fireball was noticed by a bright flash and a sonic boom. According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, the celestial drama was spotted around 9 p.m. local time on July 25.
The nonprofit American Meteor Society has recorded 213 reports of the fireball, including three videos. The reporters noticed it in North Texas, but some reported seeing the fireball above Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Videos of that fireball display a large object blazing across the sky for a few seconds.
These fireballs usually don’t survive to reach the ground, though some larger fireballs might explode into fragments that can be found by meteorite hunters. Fireballs that explode are known as bolides. The ubiquity of doorbell cameras, cell phones, and dash cameras captured many fireballs like the one that lit up the sky above Tennessee last summer and a bright green one that surprised researchers aboard a vessel in the Tasman Sea in the fall. In March, an extremely bright meteor was seen in England, Wales, and northern France with a sonic boom. A bolide over England in February sprinkled bits of a meteorite over a large area, including one family’s driveway.