Massive Fireball Streaks Across East Coast, Prompts Plane Crash Fears

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A massive fireball lit up the skies across parts of the East Coast and Canada Tuesday night, leading many to panic over fears of a plane crash.

Phones lit up at police offices and newsrooms across the East Coast with many in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and even Canada reporting the meteor.

“People saw a meteor,” said the Carnegie Science Center’s Ralph Crewe. “Some people call it a shooting star or falling star, but it’s a very bright one.”

Crewe explained what a meteor is.

“Basically, a piece of rock or metal from outer space that hits the Earth at a tremendous speed, at least 25,000 miles an hour,” he said.

A camera at the University of Toronto Scarborough Observatory captured the fireball on video.

They posted this time lapse video on Twitter:

“Judging by the brightness of it, it was probably the size of a cantaloupe,” said Crewe. “So when it hits the air, it actually compresses the Earth’s atmosphere so much that it glows brilliantly. In this case, as bright as the full moon.”

Toronto Police and Fire received calls and reports that a plane had crashed just after the meteor streaked overhead.

That sparked hysteria on Twitter that a plane had crashed.

In Pittsburgh, the phones lit up at the KDKA newsroom around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night.

There were multiple calls from Green Tree to Leechburg about a large glowing object in the sky. A Green Tree police officer captured it on his dash cam, but his chief would not release the video.

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One Comment

  1. If it makes you feel better, I guess calling 911 when you see a fireball in the sky is okay, but honestly, WHAT is anyone going to do about it? Please, stop calling the police and the news about stuff that happens naturally.

  2. ““The Orionids formed from the debris of Halley’s comet, and are known for appearing “bright and quick,” NASA says.”

    And that’s precisely how we will all be disappearing shortly I suspect.

  3. Jaime Lynd says:

    This meteor is a divine message. You just need to be able to interpret it. What does it mean? Hmmm….let me think. Oh, I’ve got it! It means, “Vote for Trump!!”

  4. No, there are a billion weird things going on. We are living in the End Times described in pretty good detail in the Bible, but people are ignoring it because it makes them scared or sad. Jesus is coming back soon.

  5. Dusty Rhodes says:

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

  6. You never know when a Russian missile could be headed to DC…..

  7. snailmailtrucker says:

    If NASA confirms it…go get another Opinion !

  8. Don’t worry. It’s just the devil preparing to take Comrade Hillary’s black soul.

  9. iodiner says:

    Yeah, but if it was even near anyone it wouldn’t even been seen. A fireball is not strong enough to scare everybody.

  10. John Xonk says:

    That was Hillary’s plane with afterburners on, delivering more Parkinson’s medicine and embalming fluid to pump Hillary full of it, in time for the next debate.

  11. Jose Ortega says:

    That was no meteor that streaked across the east coast night sky. Now, comes something that none of you would have believed possible.

    Human affairs are being closely watched by a greater intelligence. Yet, across the void of space on a distant and dying planet, intellects vast and unsympathetic regard our Earth enviously, slowly and surely drawing their plans against us.

    It does not occur to you that a swift fate might be hanging over us. Or that from the blackness of outer space we are being scrutinized.

    Of all the worlds these life forms can see and study, only our own Earth is green with vegetation, bright with water, and possesses a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility.

    The strange object that landed in the Russian marshlands a few years ago is no meteor, nor are the other objects that we have observed streaking across our skies, including the so called near miss asteroids. These objects are interstellar reconnaissance drones sent here, in advance, by the vanguard of an invading army from another planet.

  12. iambicpentamaster says:

    My cousin had a pony named Fireball.

    1. Mark H Smith says:

      Master, that’s easily the best post here. Thank you.

  13. It was Hillary Clinton on her Broomstick

  14. When it “hits the Earth” it is no longer a “meteor” but a “meteorite.” This object apparently did not “hit the Earth” so, okay, it was a meteor. And next time please tell your watchers and listeners WHAT TIME WAS IT WHEN THIS OCCURRED! Mud dumb coverage.

  15. Drive Tone says:

    00:1:21 – “So, what is this thing called ‘meteor’?” Oh man. Seriously?

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