Meteor lights up sky over Georgia, Alabama - WRBL

Meteor lights up sky over Georgia, Alabama

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PELHAM, Ala. -

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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