Fireball In The Night Sky Over North Florida: Jacksonville

April 7th between 9:30 and 9:45pm (EST) Another fireball in the North Florida southern Georgia area!  Tuesday night residents from Waycross Georgia to Crescent Beach Florida experienced a rare event. A huge fireball lasting more than 5 seconds was sighted by numerous people over the area. Reports are sketchy and still coming in. REPORT THE FIREBALL

This could have been a meteorite dropping fireball. Meteors are rare events and a fireball this large and lasting for so long is even rarer. It’s possible there are meteorites on the ground. Pieces of debris could fall onto houses, cars, trains, and buildings. The debris from this fireball  could have penetrated through roofs, and windows of houses and buildings.

If you have a stone that you think might have come from this fireball, please contact us immediately as time is of the essence. Meteorites are used for study and or collection and many specimens are sent to universities and scientific insitutions worldwide to further the science of meteoritics. Some pieces are purcahsed by private collectors and become valuable additions to many collections worldwide. Some very special collections are then purchase from universities and put on display by museums all over the world to share with other meteorite enthusiasts.

Did you hear a sonic boom or an explosion? Did you witness pieces of debris falling to the ground? Did you hear any whizzing or whistling sounds? Wind type sounds? Did you hear what might have sounded like rain, or did a rock fall through your window or damage any building? We want to hear from you.

If you witnessed this event you are encouraged to REPORT THE FIREBALL by filling out the FIREBALL REPORT FORM

Or Call 904-236-5394 to report the event to a Meteorites USA researcher.

You can read the original First Coast News report by Gary Detman here: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=135527&catid=82

UPDATES to follow…

Just as a side note, Jacksonville is my home town! If this turns out to be a meteorite dropping event I’m there!

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UPDATES:
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UPDATE: April 8th 2009  1:12pm (PST) 4:12pm (EST) 

At around 9:30 – 9:45 pm April 7th Tuesday night a St Augustine Resident reported they witnessed a “Super bright white fireball, that looked like a comet. It was a “massive ball of white light, too fast to be graceful, and at super high speed.” It lasted for about 2 seconds and was at a downward angle in a North West direction. The witness reports the size to be  ”bigger than a car.”

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UPDATE:  Date: April 7, 2009 Fireball Sighting %cats=Fireball Reports

  • Time Of Sighting: 21:45
  • Report: coming from the east, no sound, blueish green bright light with short tail…about 5 seconds and then exploded like fireworks.
  • Name: STEVE SAYRE
  • Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL
  • Coordinates:
  • Constellations:
  • Direction Of Travel: E TO W
  • Altitude: 5000 FT
  • Angle of Decent In Degrees: 5 DEGREES
  • Color of Fireball: BLUEISH GREEN
  • Brightness: LIKE A WELDING SPARK
  • Duration: 5 SECONS
  • Sonic Boom: No
  • Crackling Static Sound: No
  • Whizzing or Whooshing Sound: No
  • Impact: No
  • Have A Meteorite: No
  • Photo or Video:

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UpDate: 7 April 2009 Fireball Sighting %cats=Fireball Reports

Time Of Sighting: 21:45

Report: I just happened to see this fireball by sheer chance. I was outside about to walk my dog when I heard rustling in the bushes behind me. When I turned around I saw the fireball streaking across the sky. It was very large, bright white/green with a long red trail that faded to black. It was travelling from east to west at about a 20 degree angle. When it passed behind a small, thin cloud the entire cloud glowed brightly from it. I have never seen anything so brilliant and being a back yard astronomer I found it amusing that I happened to see this fireball when I wasn’t intentionally looking at the night sky for anything in particular. 

  • Name: T. Richard Mock
  • Location: South of Winter Haven, Florida
  • Coordinates: 
  • Constellations: 
  • Direction Of Travel: East to West
  • Altitude: No idea, maybe 10,000-15,000 feet
  • Angle of Decent In Degrees: 20-30 degrees
  • Color of Fireball: Bright white/green
  • Brightness: As a previous report stated, bright like a welding spark
  • Duration: at least 5-8 seconds
  • Sonic Boom: No
  • Crackling Static Sound: No
  • Whizzing or Whooshing Sound: No
  • Impact: No
  • Have A Meteorite: No
  • Photo or Video: 

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UpDate: 7 April 2009 Fireball Sighting  Fireball Reports

Time Of Sighting: 9:45

Report: I walked outdoors just at the moment the fireball crossed the sky. 

The ball was very large & very bright, blue flame, with a very long, trailing tail. Very beautiful. I saw similar event from downtown St. Augustine roof top, in Feb. of  this year.  From shores of Intracoastal, in St. Augustine South, it looked like it landed as near as US 207 & I-95. I would like to know where it actually landed, please keep us posted

  • Name: P.D.
  • Location: St. Augustine South
  • Coordinates: 
  • Constellations: big dipper
  • Direction Of Travel: SE to NW
  • Altitude: low
  • Angle of Decent In Degrees: 60
  • Color of Fireball: white to blue
  • Brightness: full
  • Duration: 6
  • Sonic Boom: No
  • Crackling Static Sound: No
  • Whizzing or Whooshing Sound: No
  • Impact: No
  • Have A Meteorite: No
  • Email: 
  • Photo or Video: None
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UpDate: Fireball Sighting Fireball Reports
Time Of Sighting: 9:50ish
Report: I saw what i thought was a shooting star but it was too close to the ground to be one. While I watched it it appeared to cool off and turn black then dissapeared. To me it appeared to be about the size of a softball. I may have heard a sizzle sound, but I did have the ocean noise behind me.  
  • Name: JD
  • Location: Jacksonville Beach, Pier Parkinglot
  • Coordinates: 
  • Constellations: 
  • Direction Of Travel: NE
  • Altitude: 70′ ish
  • Angle of Decent In Degrees: 45
  • Color of Fireball: red
  • Brightness: flare
  • Duration: 4-5
  • Sonic Boom: No
  • Crackling Static Sound: Yes
  • Whizzing or Whooshing Sound: No
  • Impact: No
  • Have A Meteorite: No
  • Email: schado622@yahoo.com
  • Photo or Video: 

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UpDate: 04/07/2009 Fireball Sighting Fireball Reports

Time Of Sighting: 9:43 p.m. EST

Report: Going South on Hwy 9, Spartanburg, SC, 29303, getting ready to turn Left onto Iron Ore Road, saw white hot fireball with long tail very low on Southern horizon streaking down to the Southwest and disappeared from view due to trees on horizon. Scared me (thinking it was going to hit locally and blow up) and quickly rolled down window to listen, but heard no sound and realized it was much further away.  No reports locally in reference to siting; finally found a report in Florida about it and realized it must have been the same fireball.

  • Name: Rosalie Carpenter
  • Location: Spartanburg, SC, going South on Hwy 9
  • Coordinates: -81.9455909663523 : 34.9867158082479
  • Constellations: 
  • Direction Of Travel: SW
  • Altitude: low on horizon, maybe 20 degrees
  • Angle of Decent In Degrees: 20 degrees going down SW
  • Color of Fireball: White bluish with very long tail
  • Brightness: white hot like molten metal with bluish hue
  • Duration: 5 seconds before trees blocked view
  • Sonic Boom: No
  • Crackling Static Sound: No
  • Whizzing or Whooshing Sound: No
  • Impact: No
  • Have A Meteorite: No
  • Photo or Video: 

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Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    I’m right outside the panhandle of NW Florida and I happened to see it while playing softball. Five of my teammates saw it aswell. It was huge and moved so fast.

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