NASA officials say brilliant lights in the sky and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia came from a meteor that streaked across the South.
Multiple videos posted online after the event claim to have captured the meteor. One such video came from a concert goer in Pelham, Alabama. WRBL News 3 has not been able to independently confirm the authenticity of the video but others at the Mumford & Sons concert also reported seeing the meteor.
Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., say a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. CDT Monday.
NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the central Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light.
NASA spokeswoman Janet Anderson says that because it penetrated so deep into Earth's atmosphere, eyewitnesses heard sonic booms.