Some California residents claimed it to be the best meteor they had ever seen, while others were shocked at how close it seemed.
About 50 people reported sighting to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), with a video from a security camera showing the fireball in all its details.
Robert told IMO: “It was huge. Never seen anything like this. I just happened to see myself sleeping on my balcony as seen by this huge fireball.”
Megan said: “Never in my life have I seen a color that is vivid.
“The sky was much larger and visible super close and lower, compared to the meteor bodies I have seen.”
Mike said: “It was a close call that nobody caught!”
Donna said: “It was a little orange around the outside of a dark green ball with a green tail.
“I’ve never seen anything so big or anything like that in my life time! It was beautiful.”
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Each year, the Earth is hit by an average of more than 6,000 meteorites, most of which break away as they enter the atmosphere.
However, in some cases, they can make up nearly ground, causing extensive damage in the process, such as the Chelyabinsk meteor.
In 2013, a 20-meter meteorite exploded in Chelyabinsk, Russia, breaking windows and injuring more than 1,000 people.
Another such incident also occurred in Russia in 1908 when a small asteroid eruption occurred in Tunguska, Siberia that devastated the woodlands 800 miles after being unset by experts.
The explosion was so powerful that it was equivalent to 30 megatons of TNT at an altitude of 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi).