Not all meteor sightings are the same. Seeing any space rock across the night sky is pretty cool, but some of them present more shows than others. The inhabitants of the east coast who were in the right place at the right time the night before could see one of the most impressive fireballs of recent memory.
The meteor, which traveled through the Earth's atmosphere on a trajectory that took it to the New Jersey coast, was visible in a large area of the east coast. It lasted longer than normal, and hundreds of reports flooded the American Meteor Society shortly after it happened.
As AMS explains on its official tracking page for the event, more than 300 reports came from many states:
We also received 325 reports about another green and bright fireball that occurred in Delaware the same night at 02:57 GMT (10:57 p.m. Eastern Time). We received reports from Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.
As you will see in the video, the meteor lasted an incredibly long time and was clearly visible in a large section of the night sky during its descent.
It seems as if the meteor was completely destroyed by friction with the atmosphere as it plummeted down to Earth, which is typical of smaller space rocks that come a little too close to our planet.
Any debris or remnants of the rock that survived the descent would have splashed into the ocean, so meteor hunters eager to earn money will not be lucky in this case. No injuries or damage were reported as a result of the fireball, but it definitely distracted some drivers on their way down.