Early risers spot blue/green fireball
Starting to receive comments from early risers in Central Maryland and Northern Virginia who spotted a bright blue or green fireball of some sort just before 4:25 a.m. EDT on Tuesday (10/4/11). Eric House reported:
"At almost exactly 4:23 am I was driving south bound I95 before exit 85 and observed large green fire ball south / southeast. It was much larger than anything I've seen before. It disappear from my view to the southeast because of trees. It was seemed so large I was waiting on the sound of an impact."
The National Weather Service received this report:
"Dear NWS, Sterling: Everybody in the park-and-ride (exit 6 route 66) and about a 5-mile radius saw a very bright blue flash this morning. I thought it was a double flash, one less bright that the other. I checked radar but there vwere no storms in the vicinity. It was definitely not weather related. - Eric Peterson"
And Dan Hewins, in Catonsville, sent this report:
"I went out to run at 4:20 a.m. this morning in Catonsville, Md. Tues. Oct. 4. As I started to run my normal 5 miles, the sky lit up as if there was a lightning strike nearby, a storm approaching. The next second the light weas so bright in the sky, it was as if someone was taking my picture with an extremely large flash bulb, it blinded me for a brief second. The next second I saw a red and gold fire ball go from the south to the north/northwest, then disappear."
Did anyone else see it? Please be sure to say where you were, what the time was, which direction you were looking, where the fireball appeared, which direction you were looking, how high in the sky it was, for how long, and in which direction it was moving.
All of this information is useful to those who study and track these events.