Huge Fireball Meteor in Texas Sky – February 1, 2012

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Huge Fireball Meteor in Texas Sky – February 1, 2012

WFAA received more than 200 reports Wednesday night from people who said they saw what appeared to be a meteor streaking across the North Texas sky shortly after 8 o’clock.

Many people also said they heard what sounded like a sonic boom (or booms) associated with the fireball, which was apparently witnessed all the way from San Antonio to Oklahoma City.

The Federal Aviation Administration told TV station KWTX in Waco that it was a meteor.

A camera in Hawley, Texas that is designed to record the night sky shows a bright object briefly streaking across the image (watch the clip)

Channel 8’s Facebook page was filled with descriptions.

“VERY bright blue across the sky in Benbrook,” said Stephanie Clingman Guyer. “It looked so close, long tail — very cool!”

“We saw it in far West McKinney,” Kathy Stulting Escobedo wrote. “Seemed very low (I thought it was a low flying plane). Of course, it may have been very high and very large. It was gold with a trail of sparkling, dripping fire. Wasn’t moving as fast as most meteors I’ve seen. It moved from east to west and then seemed to burn out. Shortly after that, we heard a double boom (reminded me of the sonic booms we heard as kids in the 60s). Was pretty incredible!”

In Carrollton, James Gates said he “heard a light boom and my house lightly shook… then I heard dogs barking.”

Dawn Caddell Delarosa was out sitting on her porch about 15 miles west of Denton. “It was HUGE. It was very low,” she wrote. “It came from the Southwest, went in front of our house. Both my husband and I yelled, ‘OMG, it is going to hit that plane?’ It looked like it got east of Denton when it exploded/broke apart. We could see all the little ’embers’ blasting southeastward. Those poor people in the plane. I bet they thought it was the end of their life.”

Colleen Walker checked in from Wise County. “We were driving on Highway 380 in Bridgeport and thought it first it was a helicopter flying low until it started glowing orange and started flaming as it dropped out if the sky!” she said.
A number of witnesses described it as “beautiful.”

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10 responses to “Huge Fireball Meteor in Texas Sky – February 1, 2012

  1. Michael Rutledge

    I live in Burkburnett Texas, 10 miles from Sheppard Airforce Base.As I was sitting on my porch with my dog. I saw the most beautiful site nature will ever impose on me for the rest of my life. Over the roof of my house came streaking a red-orange ball blazing ball of fire leaving a brilliant flame trailing behind it.I know I had the pleasure of observing it for over about a minute as I watched it move away.I swore I had just saw the largest shooting star ever.Of course I made a wish.

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  2. I was working on the rig close to Nixon, TX when I looked up and saw what I thougt was a birght falling star. It lasted about a minute. The sight made my co workers and I stare in ahh for a good while.

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  3. Seen it in West Fort Worth near Campbowie and Ridglea,

    Looked like a dud firework. It was yellow with “sparky” tails.

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  4. I also saw this bright lines of colors and thought it was a falling star, about 800pm over Schertz, TX

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  5. It was shortly after 8 pm when both my husband and I thought we saw a falling star. It was magnificent. Wished I had recorded it. Shooting so bright and low, it was larger than stars I’ve seen before. I too made a wish. We lost our 2 month old daughter last year. I’m sure another little girl would be a blessing.

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  6. More meteorites are being observed around the world.
    I myself viewed one not long ago down south. I saw the last 10 seconds of it before it vanished. The biggest one I have seen. Worries me a little.
    Maybe this will become more common as the year progresses.

    Stay Safe

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  7. I seen it last about 10 sec over Garland and heard a boom a few min after sighting. The most amazing thing I ever saw. That’s the 2nd fireball I seen but this one was the biggest shower of fireballs I’ve seen in 29 years

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  8. Elliott Perez

    I saw it from Spring Branch, Tx. It was blue at first, like a shooting star, but then it burnt a neon green color.

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  9. I saw this all the way over in Seminole, TX! So glad to read what it actually was!

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  10. Stella H Howell

    It appears that these ‘fireballs’ are in fact stars which will be on the increase, with greater intensity & velocity. The ‘fire’ will eventually land on the earth causing immense destruction.
    Do not worry.
    Do not fear.
    To save yourselves observe ‘YAHWEH’s’ Laws.
    The time is NOW – start from this MOMENT.
    Peace.

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