Big meteor crisscrosses Florida sky, experts say


MELBOURNE, Florida – Experts say a fireball crossing the night sky over central Florida this week was a big meteor.

Spalding Allsky's camera network director, Dwayne Free, said the meteor was one foot wide and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with a force equal to 100 tons of TNT.

Florida Today reports that the fireball was seen around 2 am Tuesday, along Florida's Space Coast, from Titusville to Palm Bay.

The bright, greenish light was recorded by surveillance cameras and a camera providing data to the Spalding Allsky camera network.

The private network provides data to NASA's California Planetary Defense Project for Asteroid Threat Assessment.

The meteor was also confirmed by the 45th Air Force Meteorological Squadron, specializing in weather assessments for the Kennedy Space Center.

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