September 30 2020

I got a report this morning before sunrise about a bright flash lighting up the sky. That was from Karol Quinn, who relocated to Medina, OH, south of Cleveland, but wanted to ask me here in the east coast.  At first I figured there were enough fireworks in that area with the presidential debate and start of the baseball playoffs with the Yankees having a decisive victory. I hesitate to jump to the meteor or fireball conclusion until I get more evidence. Now there is enough to confirm it.

Here is dash cam video of the event seen in Pennsylvania, a few additional reports I received, and the plot of reports on a wide map from the American Meteor Society.

Fireball on Video

This was seen and captured on dash cam video by Trucker Beetle Baily westbound on I-76 around mile marker 150 in south central Pennsylvania.



Back to Karol Quinn’s report: She described walking her dog around 6:24 AM EDT, and the light was bright enough to illuminate the ground. There was a bright explosion and a trail of flames behind it lasting for about 5 seconds.

Then I got a report from Francoise Jakobsson wrote me from Glenelg, MD. She came back to bed after walking her dogs and saw a trailing light through her window around the same time. She said it was high up and did not have a straight line.  I replied with skepticism that it could have been a jet contrail high enough to catch the sunlight over the horizon for us.

Now, I was curious, but this third report confirmed this for me: Brooke Hobson in Maryland. She was driving west on I-70 about the same time.  She saw the trail of light that lasted closer to 10 seconds.


At this point, I went to the American Meteor Society and A LOT of pending reports.  I recommended to those people above to document their experience with them.

Close Up Map

Here we can see a few dozen reports in our region. You can see Francoise’s and Brooks reports here:

Fireball September 30 Map Maryland American Meteor Society



Full View From American Meteor Society

Soon enough, Even 5441-2020 had 295 reports in the same time slot.  This had been seen in DC, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV, WI, and Ontario in Canada.  This was a BIG EVENT! Click the map to see all the reports from the American Meteor Society.

Fireball September 30 Map USA American Meteor Society


Did you see it? Have you seen others?  You can also contribute to reports here using this link.


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