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Green 'fireballs' across California sky in too-close-for-comfort meteor shower
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Several witnesses described the 10:35 p.m. sighting as a 'green fireball,' while others said it appeared white and some even said they saw streaks of blue.
'There was extreme detail of this fireball from my location,' Leslie A. of La Crescenta reported to American Meteor Society. 'I actually saw flames with a trail of glowing lime green attached to it. Very large in size. We are up toward the mountains.'
Witnesses reported seeing the fireball as far north as Sacramento and as far south as Malibu - cities that are approximately 400 miles apart.
The sighting comes several weeks after a meteor blazed across sky in western Siberia and crashed into the Earth which such force that it injured more than 1,000 people.
On the same day, a 50-foot asteroid estimated to weigh 143,000 tons made a historically-close fly-by to Earth.
Other fireball sightings were reported this month in San Francisco and Florida.
Scientists say the frequency of these meteor showers is not abnormal.
'Somewhere on the planet there is an object like that entering the planet at least once a day,' Ed Krupp, director of the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory, told NBC Los Angeles.
He said the object that caused the fireball over California Thursday was likely no larger than a basketball.
'What you are really seeing is a glowing column of gas,' he said. 'It's extremely visible because of the tremendous heat that is generated.'