79 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Chatham counties. Details
Published: 2014-07-17 23:39:00
Updated: 2014-07-18 07:43:59
Posted July 17, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Was that a fireball in the sky? WRAL News began getting reports of a bright flash of light over Raleigh and other parts of North Carolina on Thursday night.
Dan Perjar, a software developer at North Carolina State University, captured the apparent fireball on his car's dashcam at 10:17 p.m. as he drove on Interstate 440 in Raleigh. The four-second video shows a quick flash of light hurtling towards the ground.
NASA Solar System Ambassador and WRAL contributor Tony Rice viewed the video.
"Looking at that dashcam video it looked pretty low on the horizon. That flash may have been it breaking up," Rice posted on Twitter.
WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson says the American Meteor Society received more than three dozen fireball reports from North Carolina up to New Jersey and Pennsylvania on its fireball log Thursday night.