'Meteor' seen in eastern US

There have been sightings of a possible meteor on the US Eastern Seaboard.

NASA: Fireball seen over US 'probably a yard across'

Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environmental Office said the widely-reported flash in the sky was probably "a single meteor event." He told the Associated Press:

[It] looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the South East, going on visual reports.

Judging from the brightness, we're dealing with something as bright as the full moon.

The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have [had] a boulder enter the atmosphere over the North East.

– Bill Cooke, nasa

The reports are consistent with a meteor that hit in Russia's Ural Mountains last month, only smaller.

Eyewitness: Meteor made 'hissing noise' as it passed

One Twitter user claims to have heard a hissing sound as what is believed to have been a meteor passed over his New Jersey home:

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I actually heard the #meteor today as well. It was making almost a hissing noise as it flew brightly overhead. I saw it around 7:55pm EDT.

Read: Meteor Society verify over 300 sightings of 'fireball'

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Meteor Society verify over 300 sightings of 'fireball'

The American Meteor Society has verified over 300 witness sightings of a meteor in at least 13 US states.

Stretching from Ontario down to the southern state of North Carolina, there are still over 100 reports yet to be reviewed, said Mike Hankey, an observer for the American Meteor Society.

"This was most certainly a fireball seen over a good portion of the eastern states," said Robert Lunsford, the society's fireball coordinator.

"It happened at a good time, around 8 o'clock on a Friday night, when a lot of people were out to see it," Lunsford said.

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