From the ABC 7 Weather team

Meteors scream over Maryland for past two nights

December 30, 2010 - 02:43 PM
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Meteor spotted / person killed: I don't like this juxtaposition of tweets (Rockville Central)

For a second night in a row, Maryland residents have reported large fireballs coursing through the night sky.

The latest apparent meteor sighting occurred around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and set Twitter alight with wondrous didja-see-thats??! "Whoa," reported Chris Noonan Sturm. "I think I just saw a meteor scream to earth over Rockville & 270 while walking dog. Crazy fast. Started white, turned green, red." Others chimed in to say they saw a "white ball" shoot over the horizon in Gaithersburg; one person said it "flared out" after flying over Clopper, Md.

On Tuesday, the sky over Frederick and Hagerstown lit up like daytime when what must have been an epic meteor broke through the atmosphere. The Frederick Post was quickly on the story, gathering the most terrifying quote perhaps ever printed about shooting stars:

"I heard this sizzling behind me. ... I turned and looked: This huge meteorite came. ... It was throwing off sparks and chunks," Labrush said. "I'm into meteorites — every time they call for meteor showers, I'm out. I very seldom get scared — (but) I never want to see another one like that."

One onlooker described "a plume of smoke hanging in the night sky for 20 minutes."

And others wrote in to Maryland Weather with these sightings:

* "Spotted a large green meteor [Tuesday], approx, 6:50 p.m., moving east to west, lasting about 6 sec. with a shower of green sparks following my location 5 miles south of Pocomoke City, Md."

* "I thought it was a plane but the back seemed almost to be sparking with different colors, like a firework, and leaving a small trail behind it."

* "The streak lasted about five or six seconds. I thought of two things when I saw it. First, maybe someone is celebrating New Years early and popped off some fireworks. Second, gosh that looks like the footage of the shuttle accident a few years ago as it broke up in the atmosphere. The streak of light was white and yellow with greens and blues breaking off of it."

These sound like some particularly bad-ass meteors. Has anybody else been lucky enough to spot them?

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