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Was that a meteor? Space Coast residents buzz about green streak, bright flash over Brevard skies

So…what was that and did you see it?

A number of Space Coast residents from Titusville to Palm Bay took to social media to describe seeing an apparent meteor streak across the skies Tuesday morning, creating an otherworldly burst of green as it passed over.

A National Weather Service meteorologist based in Melbourne could not verify the reports but watched a surveillance video posted by a person living in the Eau Gallie area. The black and white video captured the bright streak blazing below the horizon, with a time stamp of 2:07 a.m. Tuesday. 

“That’s impressive,” said Matt Bragaw, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Melbourne office. “It wouldn’t surprise me. We haven’t heard of anything here. It could have been a meteor or a piece of space junk. Meteors burn very brightly and very quickly and they can be seen long distances.”

A check with police dispatchers and officers on patrol did not yield any reports of the incident in south Brevard County. On Facebook, some residents also reported hearing a loud rumble. 

Jacob Kelley, 35, said he had just arrived home when he spotted an animal running across his property. He said he walked through the door to check his surveillance video when he spotted the flash. 

“I had literally walked in the house when it happened,” said Kelley. “When I first saw it, I was like, ‘what the heck was that,’ and then I watched from a few different angles. You can see the streak. It was pretty cool,” he said.

If confirmed as a meteor, it would be the latest to be seen in Florida. On Feb. 1, a daytime meteorite passed over the Florida Keys – and was picked up on weather radar – before slamming into an area in western Cuba, shattering windows and rattling residents. Over the weekend, another fireball fell from the heavens and smashed into a small town in Venezuela, causing a small fire. There were no reports of injuries in either incident. 

Contact Gallop at 321-242-3642, jdgallop@floridatoday.com and Twitter @JDGallop

 

 

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